By Dr Lynne Racette ND
Anxiety is a word that gets thrown around a lot.
It’s real. It’s debilitating. It’s isolating.
And if you experience any form of it, you probably feel like no one really understands what you’re experiencing and how it is impacting your life. Learning to cope with anxiety is like teaching your brain to think a different way. As with everything, learning takes time, patience, and dedication. You may require some help along the way through the use of supplements or even medications, but figuring out the root cause of your anxiety and addressing it, is the key for long-term relief.
Think of Naturopathic Doctors (aka NDs) as health detectives: we’re here to help you figure out why you might have started experiencing anxiety in the first place. We will help you come up with ways to cope with and decrease or (hopefully!) eliminate your
anxiety. NDs are also educators and will help you recognize your anxiety symptoms and triggers, so that you can understand what it is and what happens to your body and thoughts while you are feeling anxious. We will find ways for you to cope so that anxiety >no longer has such a huge impact on your life.
NDs take a holistic approach to anxiety and we offer natural treatment options that are safe and effective. We will develop a tailored plan that is specific for you and the anxiety you experience because as you know, everyone experiences it differently, and will make sure that no therapies will interact with any of your medications if you are taking any.
First things first, NDs look at the whole person, and do a comprehensive intake and physical exam, which may include some blood work or specialized testing to figure out if there is any underlying health issue that might mimic or worsen anxiety. Top investigations include: blood sugar regulation, thyroid function, nutrient deficiencies, cardiac function, respiratory health, digestive system, food sensitivities, and celiac disease.
During our first appointment, we will ask a lot of questions, but will also take time to listen and understand how anxiety is affecting your life. We will ask you what your goals are and preferences are when it comes to therapies, so that together we can come up with a plan of action just for you.
One of the best things about naturopathic medicine is the vast amount of options that we have to offer you when it comes to treatment, so that you can feel comfortable with the plan of action. Here are some of the most common therapies used for anxiety conditions:
It is always best to get support when dealing with anxiety, even if you might be scared to reach out. As a part of your healthcare team, naturopathic doctors are here to help and we have lots of options to help you feel better. We know you can find relief from your anxiety!
Visit www.truerootshealthcare.com for more information. Interested in learning more about our approach and how it can help you? Book a complimentary 15 minutes in-person or phone consult to meet with the NDs at True Roots Healthcare.