What if it’s NOT depression? Functional Medicine Psychiatry with Dr. Achina Stein

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June 20th, 2020
Dr. Achina Stein

Show Description

Functional medicine psychiatrist Dr. Achina Stein, author of “What If It’s NOT Depression: Your Guide to Finding Answers and Solutions” tells us that depression is a symptom of an underlying issue, rather than a disorder; explores the main causes of depression and other mental health issues using her SHIFT acronym (stress, hormones, infection, foods, toxins), and discusses the thorny issue of “evidence” in functional medicine psychiatry.

About Dr. Achina Stein

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Dr. Achina Stein is an osteopathic physician who graduated from UMDNJ school of osteopathic medicine in 1990 and has been in practice as a board-certified psychiatrist for 25 plus years. Her osteopathic roots set her apart from the conventional psychiatrists because of her use of osteopathic philosophy and biopsychosocial treatment approach. Initially on a psychoanalytic track, she became well trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and CBT and does psychotherapy with a number of people with underlying trauma issues, specifically mood and dissociative disorders. She has much experience using psychopharmacology working with the prison population, community mental health center with the chronic and persistent mental health population, and geriatric psychiatry inpatient population. She understood the limitations of treatment with medication and continually searched for other modalities of treatment. Propelled by her son’s health crisis in 2010, she found functional medicine which resolved all of his health problems as well as her own and since then, has been practicing functional medicine. 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 is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and awarded the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award by NAMI-RI in 2008. She has lived in RI since 2000 with her husband and three young adult children.

She is presently in private practice in RI and co-owner of Functional Mind, LLC with nurse practitioner, Sally Davidson. This is an exciting time for her, as she recently launched her online health coaching program, HealthySelf Bootcamp, LLC to assist people from a distance to reach their health goals.

Show Notes

Connect with Dr. Achina Stein:

Achina Stein, DO

Functional Mind LLC

250 Wampanoag Trail, Suite 305

Riverside, RI 02915

United States


+1 401-270-4541


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