Beyond ADHD is more than just ADHD and your child is more than ADHD.
We focus on ADHD because it affects 1 in 10 children and often it contributes to the development of anxiety and depression, especially if left untreated.
30% of children with ADHD also have anxiety
17% of children with ADHD have a diagnosis of depression
Anxiety and depression may develop due to long-term challenges with ADHD symptoms and may improve with treatment of ADHD.
Do you know that medication is not the only answer for ADHD?
If you are like me, maybe you just keeping asking yourself why? Why is my child so anxious, why is my child still having trouble focusing even with stimulant medications? Maybe you are also like me and wondering about the long-term effects of stimulants? Maybe your child is having side effects from stimulants or medication used to treat anxiety and depression, and you need to find a better way to help them.
Functional medicine is all about uncovering the root cause of symptoms or finding the why.
Common root causes of ADHD, anxiety, and depression include poor gut health, nutrient deficiencies, toxins, inflammation, food sensitivities, hormone imbalance, and genetic vulnerabilities.
Maybe you have tried supplements in an effort to avoid medications, but how do you know you are taking the right supplement? How do you know what nutrient deficiency or underlying imbalance you are treating unless you test to see what’s going on?
As a pharmacist I see how often medications are used to treat ADHD, anxiety, and depression.I know there may be a time and place for medications, but I also see the side effects they can cause. I recommend addressing underlying causes before considering medication. If there is an underlying issue, until that is corrected, the medication will likely only provide minimal benefit.
My goal is to uncover underlying
causes to reduce or eliminate medications.
If you have tried medication and still are not getting the results you want for your child, or if you are ready to address underlying causes.
This is for you!
Hi, I'm Dr. Angela Cates,
Pharmacist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Mom.
Like so many of you I have struggled to find answers to help my child. It wasn’t until I pursued training in functional medicine, that I began to understand how interconnected our body systems are, and the importance of addressing underlying imbalances to find healing.
I became especially interested in gut health and the gut-brain connection.Digestive issues, inflammation in the gut, and gut infections can have an impact on our mental health. Nutritional deficiencies also play a big role in ADHD, anxiety, and depression, and if the gut is inflamed or if there is dysbiosis (an imbalance of bacteria in the gut microbiome) it may be difficult to absorb the necessary nutrients from food even if following a healthy diet.
Dr. Cates is a Doctor of Pharmacy, Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
Doctor of Pharmacy with Minor in Psychology - Purdue University
Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist - Board of Pharmacy Specialties
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner - Functional Medicine University
Youth Mental Health First Aid - National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Dr. Cates combines her experience as a pharmacist and parent of a child with ADHD and anxiety, with her functional medicine training to meet parents where they are and help them uncover root causes so their child can thrive.
When you work with me you will learn how to manage ADHD symptoms whether your child is on medication or not.
My approach includes addressing:
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Angela ordered an organic acid test for my daughter and helped us understand throughthe test results how her symptoms of anxiety were related to her gut health. She recommended some diet changes and supplements that have really made a difference.
Angela has been very thorough in searching for the root cause of my son’s health issues. She is very compassionate and understanding with the entire process. I highly recommend Angela to anyone with a child that is struggling with a health issue and in search of answers. She goes over every detail with you and gives so much support.
After my daughter failed several medication trials, Angela did a pharmacogenomic test that helped us to understand why the previous medications did not help.We shared the information with our daughter's doctor which guided the choice of medication.She is doing so much better now that she is on the right medication regimen for her.
Get started today on the path to helping your child thrive!