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Anxiety and Depression

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Introduction

We don’t want to give the impression that we have the only solution to your depression. General depression is a complex topic with complex solutions; and the reasons behind your depression are also complex.  At their core, however, clinical depression is caused by alterations in circulating hormones in your brain.  These hormones include but are not limited to serotonin, testosterone, estrogen, gaba, testosterone, and norepinephrine. Alterations in the interactions of these hormones have consequences for your brain.  

Serotonin is a principle neurotransmitter in the brain and has a leading role in regulating your mood. Low serotonin levels leads to depressive conditions. Many antidepressants work by increasing the circulating levels of serotonin. The male brain usually has high concentrations of testosterone. Testosterone, in turn, directly affects the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Low testosterone levels result in a down-regulation of serotonin which in turn lead to depression. Women suffer from low mood during menopause and will likely have low estrogen and testosterone levels.

MedHealth 360 creates individualized treatment programs designed to help you feel better inside and out. When it comes to your health, you cannot address one area without addressing the others. They are all interconnected. Good nutrition, a fitness program, hormone health can all have a positive effect on a person’s wellbeing.

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Your anxiety and depression could be caused by a hormonal imbalance. Low testosterone affects up to 25% of men aged 40 and over. Low mood is a common symptom of menopause which is caused by aging and hormonal imbalance. If you are struggling with anxiety and depression and would like to look into other options to deal with your illness, we can test your hormone levels and create an individualized program that could help.

For sufferers of long term depression, PTSD and anxiety we can also offer ketamine infusions. Ketamine has been used to help treat depression for many years and there are plenty of studies highlighting how effective it can be. We have experienced doctors and nurse practitioners who administer the infusion and monitor and stay with the patient throughout the process.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

BHRT can help with:

  • Symptoms of Menopause
  • Hot Flashes
  • Hair Loss
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Irritability
  • And more!

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

IV Infusions can help:

  • Almost 80% of patients say they feel better after a single treatment
  • Maintenance treatments are needed
  • Helps with major depression, suicidal thoughts, postpartum, PTSD & anxiety

How Does The Program Work?

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Personalized programs and dosing is based on your labs and medical history

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Why Replace Estrogen?

Many if not most of the problems associated with menopause and low estrogen levels could be addressed simply with estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) using synthesized estrogen or bioidentical hormones.

Estrogen replacement therapy has been somewhat controversial because of the risks that are associated with taking ERT. Some studies show there is a slight increase in stroke risk, breast cancer, blood clots and side effects such as swollen breasts, headache and nausea. But there are plenty of positives to taking estrogen replacement therapies – it can lower your risk of osteoporosis and help with the unpleasant symptoms of menopause.

Traditional estrogen replacement therapy uses synthetic estrogens that do not completely resemble human estrogen. That is where bioidentical hormones come in.  As the name implies, bioidentical estrogen is identical to human estrogen and the vast majority of scientific findings report that it is safe and effective in treating women who suffer from low estrogen levels. 

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are synthetic hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to the hormones produced by your body.  Common hormone treatments include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone replacement.  Generic forms are available, but compounded hormones can be synthesized to specifically target an individuals needs.  These compounded bioidentical hormones are safer for patients when prescribed by a reputable physician who understands that not all patients are created equal.

Traditional estrogen replacement therapy uses synthetic estrogens that do not completely resemble human estrogen. That is where bioidentical hormones come in.  As the name implies, bioidentical estrogen is identical to human estrogen and the vast majority of scientific findings report that it is safe and effective in treating women who suffer from low estrogen levels. 

How does ketamine work?

It’s not entirely clear how ketamine works. Because it exerts an antidepressant effect through a new mechanism, ketamine may be able to help people successfully manage depression when other treatments have not worked.

One likely target for ketamine is NMDA receptors in the brain. By binding to these receptors, ketamine appears to increase the amount of a neurotransmitter called glutamate in the spaces between neurons. Glutamate then activates connections in another receptor, called the AMPA receptor. Together, the initial blockade of NMDA receptors and activation of AMPA receptors lead to the release of other molecules that help neurons communicate with each other along new pathways. Known as synaptogenesis, this process likely affects mood, thought patterns, and cognition.

Ketamine also may influence depression in other ways. For example, it might reduce signals involved in inflammation, which has been linked to mood disorders, or facilitate communication within specific areas in the brain. Most likely, ketamine works in several ways at the same time, many of which are being studied.

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Although they are not naturally produced by the body, you body recognizes them as the same, and biochemically reacts to them with the same effect. The many symptoms of menopause can be alleviated with BHRT. You can say goodbye to hot flashes, mood swings, mental fog and more. Using our Med-Health360 program you can also control your weight, increase your energy levels and feel good both inside and out.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.

BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.

One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.

Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.

You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!

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The mistake of first reaching for the antidepressant

Hormone levels are often neglected when it comes to understanding the causes of your depression.  These days, it is almost a reflex to reach for an antidepressant as if it were a cure-all.  Statistically, only 20% of patients treated with anti-depressants feel that their depressive symptoms decreased after taking the medication.  That is a very low success rate particularly if you take in to consideration the many side-effects.

Testing for your testosterone level is often forgotten.  This is unfortunate given that a large population sees improvement in mood and physical zeal after testosterone replacement therapy.  Recall that testosterone increases serotonin levels which in turn improves mood.    Men will typically show improvements in mood after only a week or two.

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Symptoms of Depression Can Include

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed.

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