Tag: Depression

September 20, 2019
depression treatment, alternative therapy for depression, holistic treatment for depression, the wholeness center, Fort Collins, Ft Collins

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of depression, Wholeness Center link to offers natural therapy and holistic treatment plans.  Mood changes, loss of interest in activities, insomnia, changes in eating habits, weight changes, patterned thought repetition, irritability, restlessness, and anxiety are common symptoms of depression.  Clear the fog of depression and thrive again, call us at 970-221-1106.  We’re here to support you.


Nutrient deficiencies can worsen or be an underlying cause of depression.  You may have noticed all of the research articles this year about the gut – brain connection.  If bacteria in your digestive system can influence your brain health, how can we support the gut in a way that also supports the brain?

Eating Well
It’s not news that eating well makes you feel well.  But what does that really mean?  With all of the conflicting information about “healthy” foods, what exactly does eating well even mean anymore?  Does it mean Paleo or Raw, juicing with the pulp in or out, apple cider vinegar or gluten free?

The bad news is, it’s not that easy.  The good news is, if those diets didn’t work for you, it’s not because of the effort you put in.  How each of our bodies (and minds!) process food is individualized and unique.  It depends on a variety of factors and can be different when you are 25 compared to 35.  It can vary when you are stressed for a period of time vs. when you are on vacation.

You know what makes you feel good, what gives you energy, what makes your stomach cramp up.  Intuition and listening carefully to your body.  Now that’s a diet / lifestyle plan that has real potential!

For more about nutrition, click here to explore Dr. Rondeau’s The Wholeness Chef series.

Magnesium and Omega 3s
We’ve found that often, patients experiencing depression can benefit from magnesium and omega 3s being added to their diet.  Although a magnesium or omega 3 deficiency may not be the cause of the depression, it’s likely to worsen all of the symptoms.

If you are experiencing depression, it can be difficult to understand what your body needs from your food.  Sometimes, you may not even feel like eating.  Or the opposite, you may find yourself binging.  It can be very difficult to break out of these depression / food cycles without support.

Adding in a high quality supplement or IV Nutritional Therapy sessions may be just the boost you need.

Is it a rough patch or is it depression?
Beyond feeling sad or going through a rough time, depression is a symptom in itself that may greatly lower your quality of life.  It’s a state of mental health that should be taken seriously.  It’s also a mood disorder that has a deep impact on daily life.

We also know how difficult it is to seek out help or start a program when you feel so tired and run down that simply getting out of bed is difficult.  That’s where a boost in magnesium and omega 3s can really help.  For some patients who are struggling with depression, this nutritional boost helps to clear the fog of depression just enough so that they can make the next move towards better health.

Natural Alternatives to Antidepressant Drugs
Prescription medications for depression come with a long list of side effects.  At Wholeness Center, we understand and support the need for prescription medications at times.  However, we don’t believe that antidepressants should be a lifelong choice in most cases.  Many of the side effects take a toll on the quality of life.

We advocate for natural alternatives and lifestyle changes and we offer the support our patients need to make those changes last.

How We Can Help
There’s nothing wrong with feeling sad at times or being withdrawn as you process changes in your life. But if you notice those times getting more and more often, you may be experiencing depression and we strongly recommend that you get support as soon as possible.  We are here to help and if we’re not the right fit for your needs, we’re happy to refer you to other providers.

You deserve to be vibrant and to thrive again.  Depression does not define you.  We would be honored to be part of your journey to finding your authentic self.

At Wholeness Center, our doctors and professional providers have a wide variety of therapy and treatment plans with a focus on patients who are experiencing depression.  Nutrition, specifically deficiencies in magnesium or omega 3s is one of the first concerns we address.  Contact us today to find out more, 970-221-1106.

Wholeness Center is located in Fort Collins, 10 minutes west of I-25.  We are near areas of Windsor, Wellington, Longmont, Greeley, and Cheyenne.  We offer treatments for anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and more.

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July 23, 2019
ADHD treatment, ADHD alternative therapy, holistic treatment for ADHD, the wholeness center, Fort Collins, Ft Collins

The Wholeness Center provides therapy and treatment plans for patients with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) .  We offer these alternative, holistic options for children, teens, and adults.  Contact us today for your free consultation at 970-221-1106.

Our team at the Wholeness Center firmly believes that our  mental health (children and adults) goes far beyond labels and medications.  A diagnosis and a prescription is the quick cover up for the complicated symptoms presented by ADHD.  We’re not interested in quick cover ups.  We’re here to treat the whole person, the whole child, with options that look deeply into the root cause of behaviors and symptoms.

ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety is on the rise, why?
Children, teens, and adults can’t focus.  Many of us, our neighbors, our community members, are depressed.  Teenagers are facing chronic anxiety.  Are generations being born with brain chemistry problems?  Is ADHD the new normal?

We’ve read statistics that are stating 1 in 10 children in the U.S. has ADHD.  In fact, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is showing a 67% increase from 1997 to 2016.  It’s been a slow progression and is causing a lot of concern.  Is the rise due to more awareness?  More health care access?  Better screenings for children?  Possibly.

Maybe it’s just a quick and convenient diagnosis for a variety of symptoms including depression or anxiety.  Many pediatricians and general practitioners are offering up this diagnosis after only a 10 to 15 minute evaluation with their patient.  Our Wholeness Center team agrees with other psychiatry professionals that observations and assessments take time and are difficult.  So, there’s a strong possibility that ADHD is being over diagnosed and patients are being overmedicated.

What is ADHD?
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, has become one of the common mental health conditions for children over the past two decades.  ADHD shows itself differently for each person.  Generally, it’s thought to appear as hyperactivity.  Other symptoms are:

  • Difficultly with details
  • Making repetitive mistakes
  • Not following through with instructions
  • Difficulty organizing
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful
  • Fidgeting or tapping
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • Restless
  • Unable to enjoy relaxing leisure activities
  • Excessive talking
  • Answering questions before they are completed
  • Often interrupts


It’s important to note that the above symptoms would need to be chronic and seen often in a variety of settings to be considered ADHD.  It’s also important to note that depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and learning disabilities can have crossover symptoms with ADHD.  It’s easy to misdiagnose.

It is believed that ADHD is caused by both genetic and environmental factors.  However, ADHD research is ongoing and the cause is not known.

Do you offer alternatives to Adderall, antidepressants, and stimulants for ADHD treatment?

Yes and no.  Naturopathic medicine isn’t about replacing prescription medications with herbal supplements, it’s about understanding and healing.  Our alternative, holistic treatments for ADHD are fined tuned to each individual and are focused on long-term quality of life benefits.  Dr. Scott Shannon explains:

ADHD – Wholeness Center Spotlight from Wholeness Center on Vimeo.

ADHD, depression, and anxiety are symptoms.  They are extremely important indicators that our bodies, minds, and spirits  are in need of support.  Think of symptoms and diagnosis as a yellow flashing light, not a permanent state of being.

New, cutting edge sciences are showing us how amazing our bodies and minds are at healing.  Neuroplasticity and epigenetics are changing the way we approach health care and taking away our false sense of limitation.

Are frustrated with a diagnosis for you or your kids and you are weighing out your options?  Are you concerned with the side effects of a prescription you’ve been given or are you wondering about an ADHD misdiagnosis?  Give us a call or schedule your free consultation onlineOur bodies are built to heal and our Wholeness Center was created to support your healing process.

Want to learn more about mental health for children?

parenting the whole childOne of our founders, Dr. Scott Shannon, has written a book about mental health for children. He has taught health care professionals worldwide about holistic mental health treatment and cautions assumptions of pathology.

Wholeness Center is in Fort Collins near Prospect and Timberline.  We’re less than 10 minutes from 1-25.  If you work or live near Windsor, Wellington, Greeley, Loveland, Longmont, or Cheyenne, we are near you.

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December 20, 2017
Ketamine for Depression

Announcing a New Service: Ketamine for Depression

The Wholeness Center is pleased to offer ketamine treatment options to Northern Colorado. This innovative treatment has seen an explosion of interest over the last few years. After a few years of training and study, Craig Heacock MD and Scott Shannon MD are now accepting patients for evaluation and treatment with ketamine for depression.

Ketamine is a generic medication in worldwide use in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Pain Medicine and Veterinary Medicine since the 1960’s. In 2006 Carlos Zarate, a researcher at NIMH documented the value of ketamine in providing relief for treatment resistant depression (failed at least three prior treatments). Since then, a wide range of studies has documented robust response rates not only in severe depression, but also for suicidal ideation and bipolar depression. Recent reports find benefit for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well. The response occurs either immediately or within a few hours, quite unusual for psychiatry as most medicines take weeks to show a response. The biggest struggle for ketamine with depression has been finding maintenance schedules that make the response enduring.

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August 10, 2017

how does acupuncture workAcupuncture is a 3,500-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organizations (WHO) as well as numerous universities have documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture enjoys a great reputation for treating pain of all sorts, ranging from back and neck pain, joint pain, headaches, neurological issues, menstrual pain, and more.  In addition, acupuncture is used to regulate the body’s functionality and thereby can help support other treatments for a multitude of health issues.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites-commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.

July 10, 2017

probiotics for healthDid you know that Probiotics can help your mood?

For thousands of years, clinicians have observed a connection between the gut, brain, and overall health. Hippocrates is famously quoted as saying “all disease begins in the gut.” This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever experienced gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms like diarrhea, indigestion, or abdominal discomfort in response to changes in their emotional state. The gut and brain communicate through neural, endocrine and immune pathways. It has become increasingly clear that interactions with intestinal microbiota play an important part in this communication.

Recent insights into the role of the human microbiota in cognitive and affective functioning have led to the hypothesis that probiotic supplementation may act as an adjuvant strategy to ameliorate or prevent depression.  In a recent research study (Reference below), 20 healthy participants without current mood disorder received a 4-week probiotic food-supplement intervention, while 20 control participants received an inert placebo for the same period. In the pre- and post-intervention assessment, cognitive reactivity to sad mood was assessed using the revised Leiden index of depression sensitivity scale. It was exciting to see that the participants who received the 4-week multispecies probiotics intervention showed significantly reduced depression, less repetitive negative thoughts and less aggressive thoughts. Yeah probiotics!

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