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Happy Bones, Happy Life

Dec 21, 2021

“For mild depression, or acute short-term depression, there are so many things that you can or should do as opposed to going on antidepressants” 

-Achina Stein, DO


Dr. Achina Stein is author of What If It's NOT Depression? Your Guide to Finding Answers and Solutions. 

She is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been in practice for 25 plus years. Propelled by her son’s health crisis in 2010, she found functional medicine which resolved all his mental health problems as well as her own. She has a busy private practice called Functional Mind LLC in Riverside, RI where she sees patients for functional medicine primarily but also sees patients for psychotherapy.


She is a certified practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was awarded the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award by NAMI-RI in 2008. She is a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


She has a companion program to her book called What If It’s Not Depression? Bootcamp provides an alternative to medication for people with chronic mild depression-like symptoms that do not respond to antidepressant medications and will be offering an SSRI tapering course soon. In this interview, Dr. Stein discusses depression and what can be done from a functional medicine perspective. She gives us great information to help ourselves and others.





[03:47] Correcting the terminology surrounding depression- 100 more accurate words

[17:20] Psychiatric evaluations and antidepressants: what goes wrong

[23:51] Depression root causes

[33:21] What If It’s Not Depression Bootcamp

[42:51] Hope for those needing help


The Happy Bones, Happy Life Podcast is hosted by Margie Bissinger, a Physical Therapist and Integrative Health Coach. For nearly twenty years she has devoted herself to helping women with osteoporosis. Margie would love to help you discover your path to the best, healthiest version of yourself.

During this podcast series, Margie will share many natural approaches to optimizing and strengthening your bones while at the same time increasing your happiness and reducing your stress. Expect to learn from leading experts on what you can do to make sure you have healthy bones throughout your life. From exercise to nutrition, mental health to happiness, toxins to stress reduction, we bring you on an incredible journey to live your best life!

DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and the Happy Bones, Happy Life program.