Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma February 2020 - Page 6

Healthy Living in Edmond Helping women to live their best life BY TOM FINK | PHOTOS PROVIDED A t Balance Women’s Health, experienced doctors, psychiatrists, and specialists want to help women in all stages of life to achieve balance through physical and mental health. “Balance was founded in 2014 in Moore, and we opened our Edmond location in 2018,” said Dr. Melanie Barrett, psychiatrist. “Most of our patients come to us looking for answers because they’ve been feeling unwell for some time and haven’t found the right provider to sit down, listen to them, and work with them to get their body functioning right. “We listen,” she said. 6 February 2020 | The Business Times Balance Women’s Health specializes in women’s healthcare and the diagnosis and treatment of mood, anxiety, and sexual health disorders, commonly influence by reproductive hormones during and after pregnancy, and through a woman’s midlife transition to menopause. Mood and hormone health, psychiatry, counseling, sexual health, maternal mental health, and general wellness are all addressed by Dr. Barrett and her team of specialists. “Hormones play a big role and can greatly influence a person’s mental well- being,” Dr. Barrett said. “Our focus is to get to the root of our patient’s symptoms so that we can determine how best to treat them. Some people may come in with anxiety or mood swings, other people may come in with depression or anger issues. We take the time to get to know the patient, take a holistic approach and get to the bottom of what’s going on with them and help them feel live themselves again.” Other medical conditions, including autoimmune, or endocrine disorders which can worsen depression or anxiety, are all taken into consideration when determining the best treatment, Dr. Barrett said. “Each treatment is specialized, very individualized — it (treatments) can be