In this episode, I explain through my personal story, how and why I moved into this type of psychiatry. I explain the less know root causes of symptoms that I evaluate and address as a holistic psychiatrist, including nutrient imbalances, inflammation, the health of the microbiome, toxicity including biotoxins such as mold toxins, structural issues involving the head and neck impacting the cranial nerves including the vagus nerve, attachment history, trauma, chronic and persistent stress and how these impacts stress hormones which can trigger brain inflammation. I also address how a spiritual perspective (ie. learning to roll with uncertainty, finding purpose, finding peace in one's body, and recognizing that we are part of something larger than ourselves) impacts our physiology and brain health.
In this first podcast, I briefly discuss:
-the debate in the psychiatric community re: psychiatrists commenting on the mental health of public figures included presidential candidates, before discussing
- terms that are being mentioned or alluded to in the media, such as personality disorders, specifically narcissistic personality disorder and dementia.
I will discuss
- the difference between Alzheimer's Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia
- why Frontotemporal Dementia is more difficult to recognize than Alzheimer's and how it may be related to Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- the likely biochemical link between these two conditions
- how these issues are evaluated and treated from a functional medicine standpoint
- how this understanding can impact how we make sense of the behaviors and choices of people with these conditions.
Available on Apple Podcast, Spotify and most listening Platforms.
In these podcasts, I use a common cultural reference - such as something from the news, the arts, media, or politics, as a starting place before delving into the fascinating and less known roots to our brain related symptoms and mental wellbeing. Along the way, I discuss new and evolving treatment options that address these root causes. Her hope is to challenge us to look at ourselves, our families, our lives, our culture and even our humanity through a different lens - a lens that offers more possibility and more hope.
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