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What if It's Not Depression is a channel dedicated to discussing how to resolve the symptoms of depression without unnecessary medications. Hosted by psychiatrist and certified functional medicine practitioner Dr. Achina Stein, we talk to industry experts about rethinking the way we understand and treat depression.
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What If It's NOT Depression? Podcast Achina Stein

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What if It's Not Depression is a channel dedicated to discussing how to resolve the symptoms of depression without unnecessary medications. Hosted by psychiatrist and certified functional medicine practitioner Dr. Achina Stein, we talk to industry experts about rethinking the way we understand and treat depression.
Subscribe to the What If It's Not Depression Vodcast with Dr. Achina Stein to stay up to date on ways you can improve your quality of life.
Want a more hands-on experience? Sign up for a Discovery Call to see if our Bootcamp is right for you and get back to feeling your best!

    From Burnout (Not Depression) To Brilliant | Dr. Romie Mushtaq

    From Burnout (Not Depression) To Brilliant | Dr. Romie Mushtaq

    Our lifestyles are soooo busy and stressful which ultimately leads to burnout of a sort. Sometimes that can be confused with depression. Burnout is caused by a multitude of factors that might not even be in your control. Sometimes there are demanding jobs that ask too much of us and are unreasonable. Sometimes it's being sandwiched between kids and parents and taking care of everyone but yourself.If you're the type of person who is Type A, always raising your hand, and don't know where or how to draw the line or  know how to take time for yourself despite demands without feeling guilty, take a listen to this episodeDr. Romie Mushtaq is a board-certified physician who brings together more than two decades of leadership in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. She is an award-winning speaker working with Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, & global associations.Her brainSHIFT programs improve mental well-being and help to build a culture of wellness. Dr. Romie serves as Chief Wellness Officer for Evolution Hospitality, where she scaled a mindfulness & wellness program to over 7,000 employees. Her expertise is featured in the national media, such as NPR, NBC, TED talks, and Forbes. Her first book, "The Busy Brain Cure" was published by Harper Collins in January 2024. We discussed:


    What inspired her transition from traditional medicine to stress management
    Why the trend of glorifying stress and burnout is so dangerous
    How the "Busy Brain" impacts productivity
    What sets the brainSHIFT Protocol apart
    A quick tip for immediate relief from a "Busy Brain"

    She has a FREE Busy Brain Test here: https://drromie.com/busy-brain-test-oa/You can learn more and join the brainSHIFT movement at:


    ⁠https://drromie.com/⁠ 
    ⁠https://www.instagram.com/drromie/⁠ 
    ⁠https://www.facebook.com/DrRomie⁠

    • 43 min
    How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Combat Depression | Diana Lane

    How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Combat Depression | Diana Lane

    Have you ever wondered about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? I know I have and thought I would explore this topic out of curiosity. I reached out to someone who’s willing to discuss the topic. Diana Lane, LAc is an Integrative Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master, with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in women's wellness, (specifically adrenal dysfunction, hormonal imbalances balances, and digestive imbalances) and has a private practice in an integrative clinic in Austin, Texas.We discussed:


    As an acupuncturist and integrative medicine specialist, how to differentiate between symptoms of depression and those of other mental health conditions or physical health issues
    Some commonly misdiagnosed conditions that may present with symptoms similar to depression, and how to approach them with TCM
    How the holistic approach of acupuncture and integrative medicine allows for a more nuanced understanding and treatment of conditions that may mimic depression
    What alternative approaches she recommend exploring for individuals who have been diagnosed with depression but find that conventional treatments are ineffective

    She is offering a Sacred Self Love Masterclass for your enjoyment:https://youtu.be/eE6MSE6ItUE?si=zVeyzFTjr4nKsCJnIf you’re interested in learning more, you may find her at www.moonmedicinemagic.com.I hope you learn something!

    • 41 min
    Amino Acids and Mental Health: Your Pathway to Beating Depression | Laurie Hammer

    Amino Acids and Mental Health: Your Pathway to Beating Depression | Laurie Hammer

    Often, people come to find me because they have been on the medication merry-go-round and haven’t gotten better or don’t tolerate medication side effects. From time to time, I do include amino acids in my treatment plans, but I don’t specifically call it that.Amino acid therapy is not appropriate to use if you are taking psychotropics unless you are working with a trained professional. However if you have mild to moderate mood or anxiety symptoms, amino acids are very helpful to take in the interim to buy you time to find root causes of your symptoms especially if you have trouble digesting protein. I’ve asked Laurie Hammer to talk about these “nutrients” specifically as a form of therapy. Laurie is a Functional Nutritional Therapist and Neuro-Nutrient Specialist who has a passion for helping clients with brain toxicity, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and related auto-immune conditions.

    She’s had her own health journey and discovered that one didn't have to live with "depression and anxiety.”

    We discussed: 


    The top five amino acids for your brain
    Which amino acids most people are deficient
    How to find out which amino acids you are deficient


    When your brain is physically balanced, the emotional and spiritual aspects of life fall into place. Then you can live in a place of joy!



    Here is how to find her:


    website: lauriehammer.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecalmmomcommunity/, 
    Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/2yYNVnRQtakHbIjTK8nQVJ?si=YGzmZJrdRMiyOy7genv90Q&nd=1&dlsi=767b359cbd974ff9

    • 23 min
    Think Outside the Brain to Recover From Headaches | Amelia Scott Barrett, MD

    Think Outside the Brain to Recover From Headaches | Amelia Scott Barrett, MD

    Dr. Barrett is back for a second episode about Migraines!  She did an interview with me about two years ago AND NOW has new information to share!Did you know that migraine is the #1 cause of disability in women under 50? New science and technology is allowing us to find and fix the hidden causes of headaches rather than simply masking the pain with headache pills.Dr. Barrett’s work has been featured in publications like Womens World and Business Insider. She did a TEDx Talk in 2023 about the limitations of prescription medications and what we have learned about the hidden causes of headaches. She envisions a world where people actually recover from headaches, rather than just cover them up with a pill.Dr. Barrett trained at Stanford, is a Board certified neurologist, a functional medicine practitioner, and a yoga and meditation teacher.She is the founder of Migraine Relief Code, which offers online courses to teach headache sufferers how to use new tools like genetic testing and wearable health devices to help them relieve pain and get back to the lives they love. We discussed: 


    What the turning point was for her to find other tools to resolve headaches
    Wearable health devices can give you priceless information about what's going on in your body
    How chronic illness causes chronic stress on the body, and that has to be treated along with the illness



    She offers a FREE migraine class at migraineclass.com and a FREE quiz at theheadachequiz.com. You can find her at:



    Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/migrainereliefcode⁠ 
    Instagram: ⁠@ameliascottbarrettmd⁠ 
    Website: ⁠ameliascottbarrettmd.com⁠

    • 37 min
    A Nutritional Genomics Approach to Treatment-Resistant Depression & Mood Disorders | Dr. Christy Williamson

    A Nutritional Genomics Approach to Treatment-Resistant Depression & Mood Disorders | Dr. Christy Williamson

    We haven't talked about genetics in quite sometime. The technology around genetics, nutrigenomics testing, and the knowledge base around epigenetics has sky-rocketed over the past 10 years. We no longer need to do the 23&me and filter the raw data through different programs for interpretation. Dr. Chrissie took her health and her children's health into her own hands when the medical system failed them. She almost lost both of her children in the span of a few weeks. Her health declined rapidly and was bedridden. She says it was functional medicine and nutrition that saved her - not the dozens of medications that were prescribed. They might work for some people but not everyone. Dr. Chrissie Williamson's Nutritional Genomics Institute (NGI) and its innovative OmicsDx Genome Panels are reshaping our approach to healthcare and nutrition, recognizing the absence of a one-size-fits-all solution. Through groundbreaking research and personalized genomic analysis, NGI empowers patients to understand how their unique genetics, biochemistry, mindset, and risks influence their health. With a focus on sustainable, personalized lifestyle changes, NGI is at the forefront of emerging technology and medicine, empowering patients to take control of their health destiny.Dr. Chrissie, a nationally recognized Certified Nutritional Specialist (CNS) and Licensed Dietician/Nutritionist in Maryland, earned her DCN (summa cum laude) from MUIH and her master's degree (summa cum laude) in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Based in Richmond, Virginia, she envisioned integrating a primary care physician's office with genomic, phenomic, and functional medicine specialists, seamlessly blending with laboratory data and appointments, and brought this vision to life at GenMedx.We discussed:


    The most common missed diagnoses of depression 
    What cofactors are needed for the different types of depression
    The biochemistry of depression and anxiety
    What donors are and how are they related to stress


    Let her know that you watched this video and she will provide a Free Genome Kit after the Initial Appointment.

    You can find her at:


    https://www.nutritionalgenomicsinstitute.com/ 


    https://www.ngigenmedx.com/

    She is brilliant and answered a question that I have been wondering about for years!

    • 45 min
    You Are Not Crazy! It’s Your Hormones | Dr. Jennifer Roelands

    You Are Not Crazy! It’s Your Hormones | Dr. Jennifer Roelands

    Being a woman can be tough sometimes. We are emotional beings, and because of this, our “complaints” can be dismissed as being emotional, overreacting, and even “PMSing.” However, some people have such severe symptoms, that they are given a diagnosis of a major mental health disorder and handed a prescription for an antidepressant. Yes, there is research that shows that Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder can be treated with an antidepressant. Some women benefit from this, but the medication is solely suppressing the symptoms and not actually correcting the problem. Medication is a great temporary fix, but one must take it long-term. Wouldn’t you want to just fix the problem in the meantime and taper off the medication?

    I had several patients who’ve been on this merry-go-round of medication and even been admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit because they were told it was “all in their head” – a new psychiatric disorder. These patients have gotten better with cleaning up their diet, detoxing their bodies, regulating their bodily rhythms, learning how to manage stress, and taking supplements to balance their hormones. Some people need to go the extra mile and take bio-identical hormones.

    We can never have too many podcast episodes about hormones. Take from Dr. Jen who will tell you somethings about Skinny PCOS and infertility in today’s episode called You Are Not Crazy! It’s Your Hormones.We discussed:


    Post-partum sxs including depression
    How do you know if you are in peri-menopause? What are the early signs?
    Why you’re suddenly gaining weight though you are doing everything right?
    An easy replacement for meditation if it’s not for you?
    One modality to balance hormones other than supplements or BHRT

    Jennifer Roelands, MD, is double-boarded in integrative medicine and OB/GYN. She completed her residency at Duke University and her integrative training through Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Center. She is the founder and SHEO of Precision Health MD, which provides comprehensive health care by combining the best evidence-based therapies from conventional, naturopathic, and holistic medicine.

    Her areas of expertise include women's health, including PCOS and menopause, gut health, and longevity medicine, focusing on metabolic health. She employs various therapeutic modalities such as nutrition, lifestyle modification, nutrient IV therapy, botanical medicine, and hormone replacement therapy.

    Not only is she practicing clinical medicine, but she also serves as a medical advisor/consultant to companies such as GSK, Pureance, and Pario Health. And is a speaker and podcast host of Ignite Your PowHer.
    I know I said in the interview that she would share the Metabolic Health Guide, but thought this was even better! Check out the Perimenopause/Menopause Quiz here: https://precisionhealthmdoc.com/perimenopause-menopause-quiz/

    You can find her at her website: precisionhealthmdoc.com and on Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/drjen.md/

    • 34 min

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