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Courtney Snyder, MD, is a physician and adult and child holistic, functional and environmental psychiatrist. In this podcast she shares information on the underlying root causes to brain related symptoms, how these roots are evaluated and treated. Her hope with this podcast is to challenge us to look at ourselves, our families, our culture and even our humanity through a different lens - a lens that offers more possibility and more hope. www.courtneysnydermd.com

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Holistic Psychiatry Podcast Courtney Snyder MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Courtney Snyder, MD, is a physician and adult and child holistic, functional and environmental psychiatrist. In this podcast she shares information on the underlying root causes to brain related symptoms, how these roots are evaluated and treated. Her hope with this podcast is to challenge us to look at ourselves, our families, our culture and even our humanity through a different lens - a lens that offers more possibility and more hope. www.courtneysnydermd.com

courtneysnydermd.substack.com

    Zinc & the Brain

    Zinc & the Brain

    In this video newsletter, I discuss why zinc is so important for the brain. I’ll address:
    * Psychiatric conditions linked to low zinc.
    * Three ways that zinc impacts neurotransmitter functioning.
    * Zinc’s role as an antioxidant and its relationship to metallothioneins.
    * The importance of zinc for immune regulation.
    * The many ways zinc impacts the digestive tract.
    * How we measure zinc (along with copper) and the limitations of typical lab ranges.
    * Why optimizing zinc requires testing and monitoring.

    Until next time,
    Courtney
    To learn more about this and other factors contributing to brain symptoms or to receive these newsletters in your mailbox each week, visit www.CourtneySnyderMD.com
    Additional resources for those who’d like to take a deeper dive:
    * Meet the NMDA Receptor (paid)
    https://courtneysnydermd.substack.com/p/meet-the-nmda-receptor
    * High Copper, Metallothionein, Mental Health & Cancer (paid)
    https://courtneysnydermd.substack.com/p/high-copper-metallothioneins-mental
    * Mast Cell Activation & Inflammation in Brain Conditions: How to Calm Things Down (free)
    https://www.courtneysnydermd.com/blog/mast-cell-activation-inflammation-in-brain-disorders-how-to-calm-things-down
    * Walsh Research Institute
    https://www.walshinstitute.org/
    Medical Disclaimer:
    This newsletter is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit courtneysnydermd.substack.com/subscribe

    • 17 min
    Narcissistic Relationships & Healing

    Narcissistic Relationships & Healing

    In the last episode, I discussed narcissistic personality disorder - traits, seeming causes, prognosis, and course.  
    In this episode, I’ll discuss:
    * the more nuanced understanding of narcissism in our culture
    * the experience of those hurt in narcissistic relationships, and
    * tools for self-preservation and healing 
    This topic is particularly important for those of us who are highly sensitive and more permeable to the energies of others. But anyone can be vulnerable to another's masterful self-serving behaviors. This could be in workplace settings, communities, friendships, and romantic relationships.
    Unless we think like narcissists (which most of us don’t), it is difficult to imagine such self-serving motivations. That lack of imagination, however, can get us into trouble.
    To receive the weekly Holistic Psychiatry Newsletter (text and audio) in your mailbox each week, visit:
    https://www.courtneysnydermd.com
    or on Substack at:
    https://www.courtneysnydermd.substack.com
    Medical Disclaimer:
    This newsletter is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit courtneysnydermd.substack.com/subscribe

    • 17 min
    Understanding Narcissistic Personality

    Understanding Narcissistic Personality

    -In this newsletter, I'll discuss:
    --The Impact of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    --Terminology & Diagnostic Criteria
    --Seeming Contributing Factors
    --Brain Differences
    --Prognosis & Course
    To receive the weekly Holistic Psychiatry Newsletter (text and audio) in your mailbox each week, visit:
    https://www.courtneysnydermd.com
    Medical Disclaimer:
    This newsletter is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit courtneysnydermd.substack.com/subscribe

    • 13 min
    Candida - Barriers to Healing

    Candida - Barriers to Healing

    Candida is the most common fungi in the microbiome. Several factors, including antibiotic exposure, can lead to its overgrowth and colonization in the gastrointestinal tract. Brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, depression, mood swings, insomnia, carbohydrate cravings, and gastrointestinal symptoms (especially constipation) are common symptoms. Children with candida overgrowth are often diagnosed with ADD.
    In this episode, I will discuss 10 factors that can make it difficult to move beyond candida overgrowth, including:
    * Low zinc
    * Mold toxicity and metal toxicity
    * High blood sugar
    * Lack of movement and exercise
    * High stress & catecholamines
    * High cortisol
    * High estrogen
    * Poor gut motility
    * Low digestive enzymes, stomach acid and bile acids
    * Low beneficial bacteria

    For the referenced previous podcast episode on candida:
    Candida, Carb Craving & Brain Symptoms
    https://courtneysnydermd.substack.com/p/candida-carb-craving-and-brain-related-fde
    To receive the weekly Holistic Psychiatry Newsletter (text and audio) in your mailbox each week, visit:
    https://www.courtneysnydermd.com
    or on Substack at:
    https://www.courtneysnydermd.substack.com
    Medical Disclaimer:
    This newsletter is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.



    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit courtneysnydermd.substack.com/subscribe

    • 14 min
    Hypermobility, RCCX Theory, Mental Health & Complex Chronic Illness

    Hypermobility, RCCX Theory, Mental Health & Complex Chronic Illness

    Hypermobility - having one or more joints that bend further than normal -is a surprisingly common trait in those with brain symptoms.  Using RCCX theory, I’ll attempt to explain why this may be. RCCX is a gene module (cluster of genes) that appears to be at the foundation of many psychiatric conditions and complex chronic health conditions, such as mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS), and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
    Hypermobility - a red flag for an RCCX vulnerability - does not have to be present for someone to be impacted by brain symptoms.
    For a more detailed explanation of Dr. Meglathery’s work, as well as a list of associated conditions, visit RCCX Theory at: http://www.rccxandillness.com/
    To receive the weekly Holistic Psychiatry Newsletter (text and audio) in your mailbox each week, visit:
    https://www.courtneysnydermd.com
    or on Substack at:
    https://www.courtneysnydermd.substack.com
    Medical Disclaimer:
    This newsletter is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.



    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit courtneysnydermd.substack.com/subscribe

    • 17 min
    Exercise & the Brain

    Exercise & the Brain

    Exercise has been found to be as effective as SSRIs and as effective as psychotherapy for depression.*
    In this episode, I’ll discuss:
    * The mood-enhancing chemicals we receive from our body and brain when we move and exercise. 
    * The ways exercise improves our cognition and protects our brain as we age.
    * The types of movement and exercise.
    * Exercise Intolerance
    * How we can mentally move beyond all-or-none thinking, avoid overdoing it and learn to meet our body where it's at.
    * "The Effects and Mechanisms of Exercise on the Treatment of Depression” https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/psychiatry/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.705559/full
    To receive the weekly Holistic Psychiatry Newsletter (text and audio) in your mailbox each week, visit:

    https://www.courtneysnydermd.com

    or on Substack at:

    https://www.courtneysnydermd.substack.com

    Medical Disclaimer:
    This newsletter is for educational purposes and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating (if you are a practitioner). Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit courtneysnydermd.substack.com/subscribe

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Jen Kr. ,

Listen & Forward to your Friends

Dr. Snyder is the voice of a growing population suffering from a silent, insidious epidemic. It is my dream that this podcast be required continuing education for every healthcare professional; until then, I’m forever grateful that Dr. Snyder is putting in the effort to provide comprehensive education and much needed recognition and validation. Dr. Snyder is a pioneer whose holistic approach is the best of what medicine has to offer.

T$. ,

So sharp

I am a long time psychiatric nurse and have spent many years in the inpatient setting. I have looked around more times than I can count and wondered, ‘something is missing’ ‘how can we do better?’
This podcast gives answer.
I am now in psychiatric nurse practitioner school and am thirsty for this information, because I sincerely want to do the right thing for people.
I hope she writes a book or starts a CEU course/program. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and stand in line to sign up.
The wisdom on this podcast is profound.
THANK YOU FOR GIFTING THIS TO US!! I am so grateful.

robtleroux ,

Thank you, Dr. Snyder!

The information you provided to the audience in this Podcast was clear, useful and interesting, thank you.

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