Depression can be more than just feeling low. It can be coupled with anxiety, cause sleep issues and learning disabilities, and affect personal relationships, among other symptoms.
We understand that there are multiple types of depression, and therefore not a singular path for treatment. We see the bigger picture: the brain.
As an Amen Clinics affiliate and certified brain health coach, Dr. Burns is well versed on various depression types and how each corresponds to dysfunction in specific areas of the brain:
Pure depression (low prefrontal cortex activity, high limbic system activity)
Symptoms: Hopelessness, low energy, poor appetite and insomnia
Mixed anxiety & depression (high basal ganglia and limbic system activity)
Symptoms: Anxiousness, tension, poor appetite, insomnia, and low energy
Over focused anxiety & depression (increased basal ganglia and anterior cingulate gyrate activity)
Symptoms: Worry that won’t dissipate, holding grudges, opposition and/or PTSD
Temporal lobe anxiety & depression (high basal ganglia and limbic system activity, temporal lobe involvement)
Symptoms: Mood instability, memory problems, and learning disabilities
Cyclic anxiety & depression (high limbic system activity, possible high cingulate gyrate and basal ganglia activity)
Symptoms: Severe PMS, racing thoughts and sleeping too much or too little
Unfocused anxiety & depression (overall low brain activity)
Symptoms: Sadness, anxiety, low energy, boredom, procrastination, and cognitive problems
In an effort to gain a better understanding of the depression type and corresponding areas of brain dysfunction, Dr. Burns asks patients first to complete an Amen Clinics brain health questionnaire. A SPECT brain scan and food allergy test may also be ordered to provide a precise picture of what’s happening in the brain and body, respectively.
Dr. Burns will then determine a customized treatment plan, which may include homeopathic remedies, supplements, dietary changes, and possible pharmaceuticals, in an effort to bring balance back to the brain and manage symptoms.