Functional Psychiatry

Are you experiencing symptoms, such as fatigue, weight gain, anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, or sleep disturbances?There can be many different reasons for underlying causes. While your poor sleep may be due to low serotonin or melatonin, or it may be related to high glutamate. Neurotransmitter testing can identify your specific biochemical imbalances.

Reasons You Should Consider Neurotransmitter testing:

Neurotransmitter levels can now be determined by a simple and convenient urine test collected at home. Knowing your neurotransmitter levels can help you correct an imbalance today or prevent problems from occurring in the future.

Neurotransmitters control communication throughout your body and brain. Neurotransmitters are complex chemical messengers that coordinate communication between neurons, which in turn affect every cell, tissue, and system in your body.

Complex health conditions require an integrated approach. Today’s Diseases of Civilization demand a unified approach that conceptualizes nervous, endocrine and immune functions as an integrated system. Neurotransmitter testing helps a clinician uncover adrenal and immune issues that affect proper neural balance.

What is the importance in understanding the importance of brain health?

The average human brain has over 100 billion neurons. Neurons are not in direct contact with each other, so in order to communicate they rely on highly specialized chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that coordinate the transmission of signals from one neuron to another. These brain chemicals interact with receptors located throughout the body and brain to regulate a wide variety of processes including emotions, fear, pleasure, joy, anger, mood, memory, cognition, concentration, energy, appetite, cravings, sleep, and the perception of pain.

Additionally, neurotransmitters chemically link the brain and spinal cord with the rest of your body: muscles, organs, and glands. Neurotransmitters affect every cell, tissue, and system in your body and are connected to the immune and endocrine system. For this reason, neurotransmitter imbalances can cause widespread health problems.

Symptoms can include but are not limited to: Brain fog, ADD, ADHD, impaired memory, poor decision making, fatigue, insomnia, migraines, insulin resistance, depression, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, panic, obsessions, addictions, binge eating, compulsions and impulsivity.

The good news is that for each neurotransmitter we discover is out of balance, there are natural protocols to get them back in balance. If you are showing signs of neurotransmitter imbalance, the best thing to do is to get your neurotransmitter levels tested.

Disrupted communication between the brain and the body can have serious effects to ones health both physically and mentally. Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are thought to be directly related to imbalances with neurotransmitters. The four major neurotransmitters that regulate mood are Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA and Norepinephrine.

The testing of neurotransmitters allows patients to identify the causes of their symptoms. Without testing, we are merely guessing. Personalized integrated medicine requires personalized evaluation of neurotransmitters, hormones, nutritional and inflammatory markers. If you are showing signs of neurotransmitter imbalance, the best thing to do is to be evaluated by Debbie and get your levels tested at Holistic Harmony.