Episode 174

What If It’s Not Depression

With Dr. Achina Stein

More than 60 million Americans are affected by mental health issues every year. While the conventional medicine approach focuses on balancing neurotransmitters in the brain through medication, the Functional Medicine approach is to look for the root cause. There’s a saying in Functional Medicine, “fire in the gut, fire in the brain.” If you have inflammation, or dysbiosis in the gut, then it’s going to produce an inflammatory response that in turn affects the brain. 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Dr. Achina Stein who shares her story of discovering Functional Medicine while searching for answers to her son’s mental health crisis. He suffered from acute depression and suicidal ideation. He was stabilized on three medications and was “out of the woods” in terms of safety, but he wasn’t the same as before the episode. He was still suffering from some debilitating symptoms and had side effects from the medication. Dr. Stein and I discuss the Functional Medicine approach to addressing depression and other mental health disorders. We also talk about the connection between autoimmune conditions and gut health.

For more on Dr. Achina Stein visit her website https://fxnmind.com/. You can find her book, What If It’s Not Depression? at https://www.achinasteindo.com/.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Dr. Stein’s son’s health crisis
  2. Celiac disease and brain fog
  3. How long it took to notice a shift in her son’s health after taking a Functional Medicine approach
    (17:50 )
  4. What Dr. Stein did to turn around her own health
  5. The connection between gut health and autoimmune conditions
  6. The 5 R’s of Gut Restoration
  7. The inspiration behind Dr. Stein’s book, What If It’s Not Depression? 
  8. Dr. Stein’s assessments for discovering the root cause of symptoms
  9. Where listeners can learn more about Dr. Achina Stein


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Dr. Achina Stein

Dr. Achina Stein is an osteopathic physician and board-certified psychiatrist. She is certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and is a certified practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Stein has extensive experience working with children and adults who have chronic and persistent mental health problems in the community at large, in the prison population, and in a geriatric inpatient setting. Dr. Stein is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and received the NAMI-RI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 2008. She is presently in private practice in Rhode Island, and is the author of the book, What If It’s Not Depression?

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