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Depression effects every aspect of your life. From motivation to overwhelming negative thoughts. It paralyzes your ability to live fully. Depression effects more than 30 million Americans which are currently using antidepressant and anti-psychotic drugs to “cure” mental illness. Depression can be a result of neurotransmitter imbalances, which is relatively easy to remedy. The proper balance of neurotransmitters in the brain is crucial to feeling good.
Early physicians did not use drugs to treat depression, they actually used lifestyle changes and took a good long look at the diet. Much different than the paradigm of our mental health community today. It may seem strange that these mental health doctors used to look at the gut. You might be wondering why they would look at the gut for a brain issue. The truth is, around 90% of neurotransmitters are made in the gut.
Not a single study has shown that depression is solely a neurotransmitter deficiency. The brain can also be affected by other organ systems. Unregulated blood sugar (either high or low) can cause bouts of depression or melancholy. One of the effects of low functioning thyroid, even while medicated, can cause brain fog and depression.
Depression is not only a “brain issue” and/or neurotransmitter issue. Depression is relaying a message to you that your body is deficient or lacking in some area that needs to be addressed, like a warning signal.
Our bodies are made up of a compilation of intricate systems that function together. If we have an issue in one organ system, it is likely that other organ systems are not functioning properly on a sub-clinical level. Meaning, blood work numbers may not be out of range enough to detect a problem in a standard medical model. So even if you don’t feel well, you may still hear the dreaded words, “you are normal” or maybe you have tried antidepressants and they aren’t quite doing the trick. We can help you in supporting your overall health – setting goals to get you well and address areas in the “grey zone” including, but not limited to, depression.

-Jordan Sikes

Dr. Ann is the absolute best! I injured my back three years ago and as a result, I ended up not able to work because of chronic low back and leg pain. I also experienced depression and anxiety attacks. I saw one chiropractor, a neurosurgeon, three MD’s, and went through a month-long pain management program before I found Dr. Ann. My most recent MD (a pain management specialist) had pretty much given up on my case and told me that I would just be in pain for the rest of my life and gave me painkillers and Zoloft to soften the blow. I met Dr. Ann at an extreme low point in my life. I was sure that nobody would be able to help me. When I talked to Dr. Ann, she was confident that she would be able to make a difference in my life. She has! Because of her encouragement, friendship, and treatments (both emotional and physical), she helped me to regain movement, to get off the drugs, and to lose 60 pounds! I used to sit and do nothing because I hurt so bad. Now I am able to move around, exercise, and I feel so much better for it. At one point, my day revolved around when I took the next round of painkillers. Now I am no longer dependent on medications and I have learned more healthy ways of coping with pain. I’ve struggled with my weight all my life, and now I have lost 60 pounds because of Dr. Ann’s nutrition advice. My quality of life is better now at 29 than it was when I was 20, and I have Dr. Ann to thank for it. I no longer think of myself as a “chronic pain patient” and I look forward to seeing more positive changes in my life because of Dr. Ann’s influence. Make an appointment with her- she can help!