Anxiety and Depression
Healing Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression often occur due to an imbalance in the brain. Serotonin levels may function at a lower level causing more anxiety and severe depression in some people. The first step to healing anxiety and depression is to realize that it takes time and effort on the part of the patient and the doctor. There is no quick fix, and there is no singular way to heal. A combination of diet, exercise, therapy, and medication are key elements in the healing process. Utilizing all of these will help the healing process immensely.
At Renaissance Malibu, diet and exercise are crucial components of your daily schedule. A healthy diet plays an important role in improving brain function, increasing the effectiveness of medication, and sustaining energy levels. We discourage the use of “quick fix” highs provided by caffeine and nicotine, which can often aggravate a person’s mood causing more anxiety and depression. Coupled with a routine of daily exercise, which includes some form of cardio, flexibility, and weight training, the body and mind are in a much better condition to counteract anxiety and depression.
The next and most critical aspects of healing anxiety and depression come in the form of therapy and medication. Our trained doctors here at Renaissance Malibu will do individual evaluations in order to determine the correct anti-depressant medication. Medication is extremely helpful in leveling and boosting your mood, which allows you to concentrate more thoroughly on your therapy. Group and one-on-one therapy sessions are vital components in the relief of anxiety and depression. Discovering the root cause of depression through therapy allows the healing process to begin.