Depression

Mountain Health Functional Medicine

Functional & Regenerative Medicine located in Billings, MT

In the United States, depression affects nearly 7% of the population. Roy R. Hall, MD and his team at Mountain Health Functional Medicine in Billings, Montana view depression as a symptom that something is wrong in your body. If you’re suffering from depression, Dr. Hall may be able to help by finding the root cause. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Depression Q & A

Mountain Health Functional Medicine

What is depression?

In traditional medicine, depression is considered a mood disorder. But in functional medicine, depression is seen as a symptom of a neurological imbalance. Most of your neurological system is found in your digestive system; this may be Dr. Hall’s primary focus when trying to uncover the source of your depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression vary. Some of the most common include:

  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Irritability or anger
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Difficult sleeping
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Change in appetite


While you may have these feelings from time to time, if you’re experiencing some of these feelings almost every day for two weeks or more, than you may be suffering from depression.

How is the cause of my depression determined?

Dr. Hall and his team at Mountain Health Functional Medicine use a number of tools to find the root cause of your depression to ensure you get the most helpful treatment. Unlike a traditional physician, Dr. Hall asks a number of questions to help identify the possible source of your depression. Many of these questions are aimed at getting to know you as a person, your past experiences, and how they shaped who you are, your personal and professional relationships, and your work and living environment.

He may also run a number of specialized tests to assess for nutritional deficiencies, food intolerances and allergies, toxicities, bacterial overgrowth, and hormone levels. A thorough physical examination is also completed, as well as a review of your medical history, including prior bouts of depression.

What types of treatment can I expect for my depression?

Dr. Hall takes an individualized approach to treatment for your depression based on the results of his examination and testing. Treatment may include:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Exercise program
  • Stress management
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy


Dr. Hall wants to improve your overall health, not just treat your symptom. In order for you to get the most out of his treatment plan, you must take an active role in your care.

For a holistic approach to the management of depression, call Mountain Health Functional Medicine, or book an appointment using the online booking tool.

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