There is so much to be said for the mind-body connection. Together we will explore functional psychiatry and its role in holistically addressing depression and anxiety. We will discuss the foundational meaning of functional psychiatry and how it is applicable in clinical practice across all specialties. We will also learn the ways in which the techniques used in functional psychiatry allow us to focus on addressing the underlying root causes of mental health conditions, specifically depression and anxiety, and how we can best treat them.
This approach recognizes that mental health disorders are multifactorial in nature, resulting from a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. By adopting a comprehensive and personalized approach, functional psychiatry aims to restore the body’s balance and optimize mental well-being.
This presentation will leave providers confident in their understanding that treatment of depression and anxiety within the framework of functional psychiatry involves a thorough evaluation of each individual’s unique biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, hormonal status, gut health, and environmental exposures. We will learn the ways in which this approach goes beyond the traditional psychiatric diagnostic criteria, aiming to identify and address the root causes of the conditions.
Functional psychiatry utilizes a range of interventions to promote mental well-being. This presentation will provide practitioners with knowledge of various interventions to treat depression and anxiety in their clients using a multimodal approach that may include targeted nutrient supplementation, dietary modifications, exercise prescription, stress management techniques, sleep optimization, and identification and management of toxins or allergens. Additionally, functional psychiatrists may collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as nutritionists, naturopaths, and therapists, to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.
By the end of this presentation, providers will have a comprehensive understanding of the functional psychiatry. They will have learned various common root causes behind depression and anxiety and how to assess for these causes, as well as how to treat them. In particular, they will have knowledge in how to identify and treat depression and anxiety in their own practices.
- Define functional psychiatry and its importance in clinical practice.
- Identify possible root causes that drive depression and anxiety.
- Assess and treat root causes of anxiety and depression.