Mood Disorders and Depression

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We know this is a hot topic, and if you’ve used any type of mood stabilizer, or anti-depressants in the past, or maybe you are currently on them, we want to let you know that there is a better approach. We have done the research, and know that they are damaging to your body, have adverse effects and there some amazing natural things that you can do to balance that. It’s all about knowing the right things to do. Our integrative chiropractic team is here to help you.

Medications VS the Natural Approach

Mood disorders are often treated through medication when a person visits their doctor. Let’s take a look at depression, anxiety and mood disorders in general.  What do these medications do; what are the effects of the medications; are they safe or are they dangerous; what else we should be looking for that are causing your mood issues; and the things you can do to fix these issues without the need for medication.

When you live with high anxiety and depression – you just want to feel normal. At Journey to Wellness we want to teach you some things you can do so that you aren’t dependent on the drugs. Stop looking for the quick fix. That quick fix is going to have long term side effects. In 1987, Prozac was created. When they sent it off to the FDA to be approved, they failed to mention the side effects. Three case studies were done and in the first case study, Prozac was no better than a placebo. No better than a sugar pill.

Now our commercials are filled with the side effects listed in a fast list. But we still take the drug because it makes us feel better. The scariest thing about these drugs is that you are altering your brain chemicals.

Improper Testing

When a person visits their doctor with any symptoms of a mood disorder, they are asked questions to determine what state they are in. The only response they will receive from their doctor is that they need to be put on medication.

Doctors will not test for a chemical imbalance, or look at your neurotransmitters. They don’t know if you are on a serotonin reuptake inhibitor or dopamine blocker. They don’t test to see the root cause of the issue. Unfortunately your brain chemicals are being altered by medications and this leads to all these side effects and adverse effects.

Purpose of the Medications

What the medications are designed to do is to have an effect on your frontal lobe. The frontal lobe gives you your emotions, and makes you have desires. If that is really low and you have depression, or it’s really high and you have anxiety, doctors are going to choose a medication that is going to have an effect on that area of the frontal lobe. But the medications don’t balance what’s going on – they just dampen the brain function. So physically, the doctors are just slowing the function of your brain.

A follow-up visit to the doctor results in the doctor asking another round of questions, but, the structure of these is designed so they always give a favorable result. They’ll ask if you feel better, do you feel less depressed, do you have less suicidal thoughts?  The doctor never questions the patient’s quality of life: do you have joy? Are you enjoying activities? Are you enjoying being around your family?  They don’t ask quality of life questions, they just want to get you over a bad slump. People are relying on the medications to bring them joy, when that’s not the purpose of the medication. The purpose is just to dampen brain function.

Dangers of Medication

One of the dangers of taking medications, aside from slowing and dampening brain function – you are also altering the way your brain communicates with the rest of your body. There is research showing that people who have been on these medications, for as long as 3 years, can see shrinking of their brain tissue under a microscope, you literally will see a slowed down version of yourself. This is why is it so difficult to come off the medications. You never have the highs or the lows, your life is just dampened. This is not how we want you to live, when there are other ways to get your joy and your life back.

Some patients are even getting put on these medications without having any depression or anxiety. They don’t have the right symptoms, but because some of those boxes were checked on the Depression Form, the doctors believe they are a good candidate for the medications. Or they have Fibromyalgia, and hurt all over, but their blood work is normal, there is nothing wrong with them that the doctor can see, so they believe it’s all in their head. That’s the difference between us here at Journey to Wellness and medical doctors. Doctors just treat the symptoms, so you can feel better and come back for refills without figuring out what’s really wrong with you.

Three Natural Ways to Treat Mood Disorders:

Cut the Sugars

We have to eat real food, and stop eating all these grains and sugars if we want to be healthy and want our kids to be healthy. If you want the easiest way to improve your mood, stop eating things filled with sugar, and things that are known to stimulate your brain like artificial dyes.  It irritates your neurons and causes your brain to be literally on fire and creates a lot of symptoms. Just stop eating sugar.

Get Tested

It’s important to get properly tested. There’s always a reason and a cause for any of your symptoms. If you are having issues and symptoms, like depression or anxiety, the doctors here at our clinic want to figure out what’s going on and the real reason behind your symptoms. Get your physiology tested to figure things out.

Journey to Wellness take a two-step approach to help people. They help to balance mood by developing an eating plan that cuts out all processed foods that are full of sugars and fries the brain. Secondly, they conduct some very in-depth tests to find the reason for the chemical imbalance. For this, they start with the gut because it is here where all the neurotransmitters start their development.

If you stay on the drugs, it can shorten your life expectancy by 20-25 years. The reasons are because it changes your body’s chemicals: it forces you to gain weight, develop diabetes, increase cholesterol and inflammation. People are dying 20 years earlier than those who don’t go on the medications. Get the literature, see that it’s not safe. Let’s figure out a way so you don’t have to stay in this place you are stuck in, and don’t have to keep taking the meds, and let us help you rebuild some of the damage that the drugs have done.

EFT and Guided Meditation

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses different areas of your body to tap on to release negative emotions, stress, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, etc.  One website to visit that will give a deeper understanding of EFT is Guided Meditation is another method that helps patients to consciously get your brain to unwind, unwind neuropathways to create new pathways not linked to the depression or anxiety, and release negative emotions. These things aren’t a quick fix and will require dedication and a putting in a daily effort to perform them.

Get Tested By Our Practice

You can get tested, from anywhere in the world. We can send you any of our tests. The excuse of your doctor won’t test you is not an excuse. We can do the test. You just need to make a decision to do it.  If you are suffering from mood disorders or depression, call us, and we can help you to stop using something that just isn’t working and improving your health. “We don’t guess we test,” to help rebuild your neural pathways to lead you to a happier life.


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Available by Appointment
via Telehealth

Available by Appointment
via Telehealth

Available by Appointment
via Telehealth


Journey to Wellness
Phone: (859) 219-0617
Fax: (859) 724-5280