There are many types of medical treatment models in practice today. While some have proven to be beneficial in health conditions affecting physical well-being, functional medicine success has found a home in those seeking help for mental illness.
What Is Functional Medicine?
A form of integrative medicine, functional medicine incorporates environmental factors, lifestyle practices and genetics into a personalized treatment plan. After an in depth review of a patient’s medical history, genetics, toxicity levels, hormones, and other factors, an individualized plan is developed to include exercise, dietary enhancements, nutritional supplements, IV therapy, chelation, or neurotoxin removal.
The functional medicine model will include several recommendations to change a person’s typical daily lifestyle into something better. This promotes the most optimum levels of health and vitality to each body system.
Breaking Medication Dependence
Often used as a means to treat underlying symptoms or illnesses at the root of the problem, functional medicine is frequently successful at helping the patient avoid long term medication dependence.
In mental health, medications tend to treat the symptoms of an illness rather than the cause of the illness. Meanwhile, the medication can instigate more symptoms. In addition, some pharmaceutical drugs come with many side effects. If the underlying areas of concern are neglected, a patient may spend years reliant on psychiatric medications without even scratching the surface of the actual problem.
The cause of a mental illness or symptom could be a hormone imbalance, addictive biochemistry, levels of inflammation in the body, or an individual’s inability to detoxify. While a medication may help the user avoid or minimize symptoms, treatment for the underlying causes is likely needed in order to make a full rehabilitation.