Blisstree’s no enemy of antidepressants when you need them; in fact, some of us are of the opinion that the demise of talk therapy might be good for depressed patients, who seriously just need a psychiatrist to meet their needs. But proponents of functional medicine, like Dr. Mark Hyman, say that attitude isn’t the best approach. Instead of treating depression like a Prozac deficiency, he says, we need to figure out what’s causing our mood shifts (and other chronic symptoms) in the first place.
“Just knowing you have depression isn’t helpful,” he said at a recent event hosted by New York City’s Urbanzen Foundation. He and other proponents of functional medicine say that diagnosing patients with a disease doesn’t bring them any closer to a cure. Instead of racing to a diagnosis and prescription meds, we should be searching for the source of our symptoms, which he says is often easy to cure without prescriptions or extreme treatment measures.
Depression, an example he writes about frequently on Huffington Post and his website, one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S. But instead of resorting to talk therapy and drugs, Hyman says that he sees patients regularly who can achieve better mental health through fixing some of their causes in physical health. These are just some of the things that he says could be causing depression (and they don’t require treatment with prescription meds):