Everyone goes through periods of feeling down, but depression can easily develop into a serious condition that affects your ability to work and enjoy leisure time. If you’re depressed for more than two weeks, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Perrin. Your depression may be caused by nutritional deficiencies that she can diagnose and treat.
Anxiety is a mental health issue that can’t be avoided in today’s busy and stressful world. Anxiety normally goes away after you face the person or situation that triggered the feeling. It begins to have a negative impact when it becomes constant.
When you feel apprehensive for an extended period of time, levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, stay elevated. This keeps your body in a constant state of high alert, which affects your heart, adrenal glands, and mental health.
Dr. Perrin evaluates biochemical processes in your body to determine whether there’s a nutritional or genetic basis for your anxiety and/or depression. Nutrient deficiencies affect levels of neurotransmitters. Your depression and anxiety can be treated by correcting nutrient deficiencies, such as balancing copper and zinc, and returning neurotransmitter levels back to normal.
These two tests are often ordered to nutritional status. They offer a glimpse into advanced nutrient therapy for anxiety and depression:
A biochemical process called the methylation cycle is important for your mental health. It ensures you have the neurotransmitters needed to prevent depression and other mental health disorders. Your body needs certain nutrients for this cycle to work, so a deficiency contributes to depression.
The SAM/SAH test determines your methylation status and the blood levels of substances involved in the process. The results show whether you have genetic or nutritional deficiencies, information Dr. Perrin uses to determine your treatment.
Pyroluria is a disorder in which the body produces too much kryptopyrrole, a normal byproduct of hemoglobin synthesis. Kryptopyrrole is eliminated in your urine, but it binds with nutrients like vitamin B6 and zinc, so you also lose those nutrients. When your body produces excessive amounts of kryptopyrrole, you can end up with a deficiency of nutrients needed for mental health, which leads to depression, anxiety, mood swings, and explosive anger.