You might be surprised to learn that over 26% of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a mental illness in a given year, and that mental disorders are the leading cause of disability for people between the ages of 15 and 44.

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness causes mild to severe disturbances in an individual’s thoughts and/or behaviors, and can make it very difficult to function on a daily basis.

While common mental disorders include depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety, there are actually more than 200 classified forms of mental illness.

Mental illness can be genetic and/or triggered by chemical imbalances or stressful events in a person’s life.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Sadness or depression that lasts more than a few weeks
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears or worries
  • Withdrawal from social activities, hobbies or interests
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Inability to cope with everyday problems

Natural Treatment Options for Mental Illness

While pharmaceutical medications can be effective in treating mental illness, they can also cause unpleasant side effects that end up discouraging patients from taking them. Fortunately, there are natural treatment options that can help alleviate symptoms (either alone or in conjunction with prescription medication).

Although the Naturopathic doctors at Desert Wellness Center are trained to utilize prescription drugs, the emphasis of the care in our office is to use natural healing agents whenever possible. Unlike most traditional medical offices that only schedule 15-30 minutes for a new patient visit, you can expect to spend over an hour with the doctor.  This allows time to complete a full detailed history of your concern(s), physical exam and recommendation for lab work. Follow-up appointments are between 30-60 minutes, where we will establish a customized treatment plan that may include:

  • Nutrition
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Supplements
  • Homeopathy
  • Hormone Optimization

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