Functional Medicine Specialist

North Shore TMS

TMS Specialist & Integrative Psychiatry located in Huntington, NY

Functional medicine is a science-backed practice that uses a multidisciplinary approach to address the root cause of mental health conditions. Andrea Carlsen, MD, at North Shore TMS has advanced training in functional medicine, and designs customized treatment plans to reduce symptoms and promote health and vitality. To learn how functional medicine can help with depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition, schedule a consultation by calling the office in Huntington, New York, today, or make an appointment online.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on addressing the root cause of health conditions, rather than merely treating symptoms.

Functional medicine uses evidence-based practices to gather information about an individual’s genetic makeup, biochemical function, underlying medical concerns, lifestyle, and other factors for the purpose of diagnosing health conditions and providing treatment that leads to greater overall health and well-being.

How can functional medicine improve my mental health?

The chemical makeup of your brain is complex; many factors influence it, including your genes, nutrition, lifestyle habits, endocrine system, and more.

Functional medicine can address the unique way that a mental health condition presents in each individual patient, and provide long-term relief of symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

Functional medicine has many benefits, such as:

  • Improves response to medication and other treatments
  • Reduces medication side effects
  • Enhances sleep
  • Reduces stress
  • Boosts immunity

Functional medicine can help you feel stronger and more robust. Feeling better physically improves your mood and promotes balance in your brain and other systems in your body.

Which mental health conditions can functional medicine address?

Functional medicine can address a variety of mental health conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

At North Shore TMS, Dr. Carlsen uses research-based techniques to improve your overall health and reduce your symptoms tailored to your physical needs, life circumstances, and personal preferences.

What is involved in functional medicine?

Dr. Carlsen designs functional medicine treatment plans using a multidisciplinary approach to meet your unique needs. Your custom treatment plan may include:

  • Antidepressants and other medications
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Ketamine therapy
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Diet and exercise recommendations
  • Light therapy

North Shore TMS also offers genetic testing, which can provide information about how your body absorbs nutrients and responds to medication. Genetic testing helps Dr. Carlsen provide the best possible treatment for your brain and body.

If you suffer from a mood disorder or another type of mental health condition, you can learn more about how functional medicine provides safe, personalized treatment by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Carlsen. Call North Shore TMS today, or make an appointment online.