What is stress and anxiety?
Like other emotions, fear is a normal part of being human. It is a reaction to danger or something you believe to be threatening. It increases our awareness of the environment. It reminds us to protect ourselves. However, it can also move out of balance. Anxiety should be treated if it is intense (more than people usually feel), chronic (felt many times during the day or most days of the week) or limiting (making it hard to do daily tasks or relate to others). Different forms of anxiety are linked to different chemical imbalances in the body. Levels of norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, and many other chemicals, can affect anxiety.
How will we determine if I have stress and anxiety?
The uniqueness of each person’s biochemical processes is only just beginning to be appreciated by traditional medicine. The evolving field of functional medicine attempts to take into account both the genetic information and the unique differences that occur in each person’s metabolism, including their extra need for certain nutrients. Dr. Cohen feels that functional medicine can provide great relief to those suffering from anxiety. In order to provide specialized treatment, Dr. Cohen tests her patients suffering from anxiety for their blood sugar levels, hormone levels and neurotransmitter levels, as well as conducting a thorough evaluation of nutrition, exercise and typical daily habits. Once these levels are established, Dr. Cohen works with her patients to create a specialized treatment plan that can include changes in diet, exercise recommendations and nutrient supplementation (B vitamins, magnesium, folic acid, fish oil, probiotics and others). In some cases D., Cohen may recommend Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and intravenous nutrient supplementation, based on the individual’s biochemistry.
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