Breaking Free From Teenage Depression and Anxiety With Functional Medicine

by Dr. Kilcup | Aug 22, 2022 | Articles, Depression, Functional Medicine, Hormone Imbalances, Mental Health, teen health

teenage depression and anxiety

Teenage Anxiety and Depression can be devastating for the teenager or young adult and heartbreaking for the family. Often parents are reluctant to medicate their teenager and feel trapped because they don’t know what else to do.


This young girl had anxiety, ADD and insomnia. Through testing we found low zinc, high thyroglobulin antibodies, leaky gut, and overgrowth bacteria. After treatment she noticed less anxiety, fewer headaches, and less frequent insomnia – plus better concentration. Retesting showed improvement in the thyroid, optimal zinc levels, and better gut health. The girl’s neurotransmitters also showed great improvement.


A 13-year-old girl had anxiety, trouble sleeping and frequent sore throats. After testing and treatment, her anxiety had gotten better and she had no more insomnia. Retesting showed thyroid improvement and good vitamin D levels.

Years later this patient returned with new issues like acne and an irregular cycle – as well as returned anxiety. Testing showed that she was low in glutathione and high in histamine. After treatment her acne was much better! We completed another round of testing and treatment and her cycle became more regular and her anxiety was much more manageable.


Overweight 19-year old boy with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, autism, indigestion, and poor concentration. Testing showed that he was too high in serotonin, dopamine, DHEA, GABA, and glycine – while being low in norepinephrine, cortisol, and PEA. After treatment the patient reported that his concentration and indigestion improved greatly. Testing showed that his serotonin and dopamine had returned to their optimal levels. After the second round of treatment, he noticed that he was doing better emotionally, but still struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. After more treatment he was doing even better and his depression and suicidal thoughts were gone!


21 year old female with depression, allergies, asthma, headaches, acne, hives, brain fog, and difficulty concentrating. Testing showed low DHEA, progesterone, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, vitamin D, free T3 and T4, magnesium and copper. After treatment she let us know that her depression and suicidal thoughts were gone/better. She also had no more hives, brain fog, or concentration problems.


21 year old male with depression, inability to concentrate, acne, and low energy. Testing showed that he had high homocysteine, cholesterol, thyroid problems, low DHEA and melatonin. After one round of treatment, he reported that his depression was gone, that he had more energy, slept better, had less brain fog, and his acne had improved. Retesting showed that his cholesterol and thyroid were better and his digestive tract improved. After more treatment he reported that he had overall emotional improvement and much lower anxiety.


22 year old female with depression, anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, and irregular periods. Testing showed that she was very low in every neurotransmitter we tested (serotonin, dopamine, GABA, norepinephrine, etc.). After treatment she noted that her depression and brain fog had improved. Retesting showed that her neurotransmitters were drastically better, with everything coming back into optimal range. She received more treatment, and we were able to get her period more regular.


If your loved one is struggling with teenage anxiety and depression, have them become a patient by filling out our new patient form HERE. Then Dr. Kilcup will look over their history and get them started with testing. After testing you will get a 2-3 month treatment plan. Usually this where we start to see improvement of symptoms. We will follow up with retesting and more treatment as many times as necessary depending on the severity of the symptoms. We can help in person or even long distance.

If you want more information about how Functional Medicine for children will impact them later on in life, look at ‘Probiotics Could Prevent ADHD and Asperger Syndrome‘.

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Darrell Kilcup, DC, CFMP

Hi there! I’m Dr. Kilcup. You know that health problem you’ve been dealing with – the one that doctors can’t seem to solve, that’s stealing way too much of your time, energy and joy? I can help you get to the bottom that. I am passionate about using the best of science and nutrition to find and fix root causes of health issues. Start your journey towards healing and relief today.

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