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Powerful Depression Pearls for Practitioners


According to a survey released by the American Psychiatric Association, “More than one-third of Americans say the pandemic is having a ‘serious impact’ on their mental health.”

How could it not? As savvy practitioners, we know the pandemic goes way beyond the physical. We are looking for the hallmarks in our clients – keeping the lines of communication open, asking about anxiety, encouraging social connections, and gauging mindset and mood.

It’s never been more important for us as practitioners to have the tools we need to support our client population in this time of high stress and unease.

Are you confident in your knowledge of depression, as seen through the functional medicine lens?

Although you may already be a savvy practitioner, I am certain you will learn something new in this video. You’ll walk away with pages of notes and practical pearls you can use in your practice right away.

Here are some of the things we’ll be discussing:

  • Of course, our modern lifestyle is at the root of much depression.  But do you know which factors matter most? 
  • Depression is not a deficiency of ______________.  So why do we keep acting like it Is?  
  • Disease begins in the Gut.  Again! But find out why even progressive views of the gut – brain axis aren’t telling the whole story.
  • What’s food got to do with it?  Ha!  Everything. Do you know which specific, missing or imbalanced nutrients are often at play?
  • Interconnectedness rules.  Do you know the most common below-the-neck imbalances that directly promote depression?
  • Hormone havoc.  What are the most common hormonal imbalances that can naturally perpetuate feelings of depression?
  • The body follows the mind?  Or the mind follows the body?  Yes! But in ways that may surprise you.

Thank you very much for joining in the fun and learning!

With warmth, love, and gratitude to you for sharing your gifts with so many –

Please share your thoughts (please be thorough) in the “Ask a Question” area below about what inspired you in this presentation before Midnight ET tonight – to enter the drawing to win a FREE Deep Dive Clinical Course (a $297 value)! Include what type of practitioner you are, so that we can all see your unique perspective.

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162 Questions for “Powerful Depression Pearls for Practitioners”

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    Helen says:

    Thank you for this, fantastic summary. Love the ‘if you don’t know where to start, start in the gut’ – it’s something I tell clients all the time – because once diet and lifestyle factors are at a good level – the gut (dysbiosis, poor digestion &absorption) can affect so much in our general and mental health. If this is not addressed – we end up trying to make adjustments that will be continuously ‘undone’ by poor gut function. And yes, the basics, always go back to the basics, water, sleep, exercise, stress reduction 🙂

    Would love to join your course soon! I am a mental health nurse focusing on integrative medicine for mental health – this was perfect!

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    Jaclyn Taylor says:

    Thank you, Tracy! You so clearly described how to explain to clients “the okay-ness” of not feeling great all the time. I am a NP and I see clients all the time requesting antidepressants because the have “just felt down recently” . I now have a very useful script about leaning into those feelings and opening up to the wisdom that can be extruded. Brilliant!

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    AXM says:

    E learning works and these Facebook lives are awesome. I was wrestling with what to write but a little more info on how the olfactory nerves impact depression would be nice. The smell of baked goods make me, and other men, feel good. The info on magnesium glycinate and other forms of magnesium for depression (taurate, threonate) was a great freebie.

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    Amanda Douma says:

    Really enjoyed this. As a Nurse Practitioner often seeing patients for the first time to discuss anxiety and depression and utilizing ssri as first line agent this was eye opening. Good to know not everyone has seratonin problem and ssri could be making things worse long term.

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    Jamie Ellis says:

    Thank you Tracy! I am a chiropractor in the UK and am nearly complete with my training with IFM at the moment, and came across SAFM when you did your live video for practitioners in relation to the current pandemic! So inspirational to listen to so much useful content, thank you! Especially found the info about ssri’s interesting and how they can create such a slippary slope for patients long term.. Do you find that us an important consideration for Parkinsons due to the effects of up regulated mao on dopamine as well?

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    Asya Ruseva says:

    Hello, I’m a holistic health coach, and I totally enjoyed the webinar! Thank you so much! I ‘ve been researching the causes of mental illnesses for the last couple of years and this webinar summarized nicely all possible causes. LOVE IT! One thing that was new to me, I never heard about it before was that insufficient water intake may cause depression.

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    Shonna Vaughan says:

    Hello and thank you for yesterdays FB Live on depression. I signed a new client on Saturday and his main health concern is depression so this talk was valuable and timely. I hope I haven’t missed the opportunity to be in the drawing for the free class giveaway. The pearl that importance of B6 along with the fact that B vitamins should be added “low and slow” ie. low dose and every other day. This was a new information for me.

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    Tez says:

    The most impressive and practical, as well releasing part for me was a gratitude exercise and practice. Will carry on with this from today. 3 things as 3 pillars of light in the darkness of reflection of this super noisy and consuming world around us. Thank you for bringing beautiful relation of super connected and interdependent body functionality, complexity beauty and wholeness. Amin.

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    Sharon Strahan says:

    Sorry I didn’t get in, in time – watching on catch up this morning in the UK. The functional medicine approach to mental illness is a special interest topic of mine. I am bipolar 2 (and have suffered depression, anxiety, mood swings since puberty). Functional medicine / nutritional therapy has been key for getting me on an even keel without medication.

    I really liked learning about the various forms of magnesium that could be used (actually I liked learning about everything! 🙂 )

    I would like to have the link to the archived post on “downstream effects of SSRI use” – I’ve had a bit of a look myself and can’t easily see it please.

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