During times of increased stress many people experience the symptoms of depression, or malaise either on its own or coupled with anxiety. This can be a short-term, temporary occurrence or it can be an ongoing, severe concern that is debilitating and overwhelming. Working closely with a naturopathic doctor can help you determine the causes of both concerns and work to remedy or balance out the effects of stress. Naturopathic doctors have many treatment options including nutritional changes, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, craniosacral treatments and orthomolecular supplements all of which have a role to play in helping balance out the reason for the depression or anxiety. Commonly certain vitamins such as B vitamins and magnesium levels are low in individuals who experience these symptoms. Stress hormones such as cortisol tend to be elevated and serotonin levels tend to be depressed although individuals can vary in presentation. Working with a naturopathic doctor can help you treat the symptoms, determine how to prevent and if needed to work with a prescription medication. The goal is to feel better as well as heal the reasons for the imbalance – the ultimate prevention.