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Anxiety and Depression

Posted Apr 15th, 2018 in Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, News, Tips

Anxiety and Depression

The extent of the problem

In any year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health or drug abuse problem. 70% of the mental health problems happen during the childhood period. Astonishingly, 34% of Ontario High Scholars have moderate to severe anxiety and depression. These data are updated from the Center for Addiction and Mental Health  http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/newsroom/for_reporters/Pages/addictionmentalhealthstatistics.aspx 

How can we identify the problem? 

If you feel that your mood is low, stressed out, low self-esteem, sleeping poorly, drastic changes in your appetite or food needs (either very low appetite or voracious appetite), or you cannot deal properly with your family members or colleagues then you need to seek help for supporting your mental health and see if you developed anxiety or depression.

Role of the Psychiatrists

The Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. They start their encounter with patients by taking a full history and may perform a physical exam and sometimes ask for blood work to reach the proper diagnosis. They treat anxiety and stress with medications such as mood stabilizers and antidepressants. They can refer you to a specialist in psychology called a clinical psychologist to help you de-stress and relieve your emotions.

What is the role of Naturopathic Doctors in treating Anxiety and Depression?

Naturopathic Doctors are Licensed Healthcare Practitioners in Ontario who are trained to manage Anxiety and mild forms of Depression using Non-Traditional ways of treatment such as Acupuncture, Herbal supplements, Orthomolecular Medicine, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.

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