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Understanding the MindBody Approach to Depression and Anxiety

Calming meadow with text Understanding the MindBody Approach to Depression and Anxiety

In the United States alone, approximately half of all adults will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Of adults in the United States with any mental illness, almost 20 percent, or 40 million adults, are diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Even more startling is that only 41 percent of those individuals have received professional health care or other forms of treatment in the past year. 

Maulik K. Trivedi, M.D., a physiatrist dedicated to providing patients with depression treatment in Wesley Chapel, utilizes the MindBody approach to diagnosis and treat mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression. In this brief article, we’ll delve deeper into the key aspects of the MindBody approach, how it works to treat a variety of conditions, and the steps to take when you’re ready to receive anxiety treatment in Wesley Chapel

Related: Can You Have Both Anxiety and Depression?

What Is the Mindbody Approach to Behavioral Health?

The MindBody approach to behavioral health, which stems from the MindBody Care™ model, is a holistic approach to healing and wellness that focuses on self-healing, optimal wellness,  the relationship between the body and the mind, and doctor-patient relationships. Rather than relying solely on medication to alter the patient’s mental state, the MindBody approach invites alternative systems of medicine and healing practices into the treatment plan. By strengthening the mind and body’s natural healing processes, the patient is able to achieve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. These accomplishments manifest in the acceptance of self and others, self-awareness, and optimal dietary habits.

Mind-body techniques, designed to promote mindfulness, can include any of the following:

  • Yoga breathing skills
  • Yoga of inner well being
  • Fitness counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Meditation
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapies
  • Group support
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy 
  • Spiritual awareness cultivation

Regular meditation is one of the best-known and highly effective practices of the MindBody approach because it has been found to increase levels of self-awareness, intuition, and spiritual development. Recent studies also suggest that meditation is capable of activating certain parts of the brain, such as the amygdala, which is associated with processing emotion. Various types of mediation exist, including breathing meditation, walking meditation, mindfulness meditation, and mantra meditation. 

Related: How Yoga Can Ease Symptoms of Depression

The Power of the MindBody Approach

The systems of the MindBody approach, such as meditation or fitness counseling, are incredibly beneficial because they avoid turning to medication as the first or only option and thus are accompanied by little to no side effects. Additionally, prevention is the primary modality of treatment, meaning that problems such as depressive episodes are prevented before they occur rather than resolved after the fact. Instead, patients are able to become educated consumers of mental and physical care and can move towards a peaceful and joyous spiritual lifestyle.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you’re ready to move forward with a personalized approach to depression treatment in Wesley Chapel, it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Trivedi. Dr. Trivedi and his team of dedicated medical professionals will explore every possible option, taking into account your current lifestyle and mental state to find the treatment solution that’s right for you.

Schedule a consultation for anxiety treatment in Wesley Chapel today!


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