Functional Psychiatry means getting to the root of what is causing your psychiatric symptoms in the first place. It reaffirms the importance of the relationship in healing and focuses on the whole-person using evidence-based therapeutic approaches.
Functional medicine rests on the assumption that all systems of the body are interrelated. Problems in one area may be caused by an unrelated system. Understanding the relationships of each system to the other enables Debbie to solve the underlying problem that have puzzled others. All systems are assessed based on their role and function, including one’s gastrointestinal function, immune function (including infection and inflammation), detoxification and biotoxin burden, oxidative stress and mitochondrial function, nutritional status and special nutritional needs, hormonal function, genetic and epigenetic function. This assessment is based on a very careful history, physical exam if necessary, and targeted laboratory testing. There is a mind/body connection that we can’t deny and Debbie is board certified in both areas of medicine.