DR RACHEL JONES
HORMONE BALANCE & MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST IN THE UK
After studying medicine at St Bartholomew's medical school in London and gaining my Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree, I decided to specialise in the field of forensic and general psychiatry. After many years in the NHS, I left in 2013 to set-up and build a successful private practice in this field.
For more than 20 years I have treated hundreds of patients with a broad range of mental disorders including Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Affective Disorder and Postnatal Depression. It has become apparent just how significantly hormonal changes or imbalances impact upon mental health. I began to ask certain questions not covered in a standard psychiatric history and mental state examination, which identified hormonal imbalances likely to be contributing to many of my patients' presentations.
I noticed that women often presented to psychiatric services for the first time after the birth of their first child and I saw men and women, of all ages, who were just not responding to their prescribed psychiatric medication.
I developed a special interest in hormones and trained in the use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy through the Marion Gluck Training Academy. I began to take a holistic individualised approach, measuring patient’s hormones if appropriate and using BHRT wherever possible to finely tune hormone levels.
This provided global health benefits, especially to mental health, and often negated the need for traditional psychiatric medication such as antidepressants.
So popular and successful has this approach been with my patients, that I realised the need for a separate hormone clinic, where the focus is purely on hormone balance. This allows me to focus on hormone balance first rather than medication and move patients away from my psychiatric clinic, where they can be more appropriately treated. It is in my hormone clinic where I see women with perimenopause, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, postnatal depression, depressive disorder, and testosterone deficiency in men.
My aim is to educate and raise awareness both to other professionals in mental health, GP’s and the general population about hormones and their impact upon mental illness; how balancing hormones maybe a more appropriate treatment with a quicker response in the first instance.
I wish to provide a service which is available, accessible, and acceptable to all patients.