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What clients are saying
Dr. Friedman has changed my life!
“For the last 20 years I’ve been diagnosed with panic and anxiety disorders. All the medications did little but give me horrible side effects. Yet, my Doctors kept upping my doses. I was barely functioning and miserable.
When I had my second nervous breakdown, I desperately searched for something besides the usual doctors and pills.
Thankfully, I found Dr. Friedman!
He quickly pinpointed the root of the problem and gave me a plan to address it. My improvement was so fast, I couldn’t believe it!
Dr. Friedman actually listens to his patients and is awesome to work with. I’m happy to report that I’m no longer hopeless and struggling to function.
I feel strong, capable, and so happy!”
I did not think this was possible.
“Dr. Friedman brings a kind, thoughtful, and practical approach to his work. His ability to explain complex topics in simple language helped me develop an effective treatment plan to deal with my ongoing depression.
I am a Psychologist with almost 20 years experience as a psychotherapist with a robust interest in integrative medicine. Despite years of psychotherapy and 10 years of working with top rated psychiatrists, and several consultations with well respected Functional Medicine doctors in my community, my depressive symptoms were never consistently reduced. In addition, I had all the typical side effects associated with anti-depressant medications.
Dr. Friedman was able to use both diagnostics instruments and questionnaires to get a deeper understanding of my overall functioning. We then used a systematic approach to target the underlying problem. Within days, I was feeling better, more energized, and my depression was significantly reduced. With proper diet, exercise, and supplements I have been able to feel symptom free with no side effects!”
I have hope again.
“When I first met Dr. Friedman, I had suffered from major depression for a little over a year. Despite months of therapy and strong support from family and friends, I continued to struggle.
When I tried an antidepressant, I had a terrible reaction to it, ended up in the emergency room, and became terrified to try another one. I needed more help for my depression then therapy alone, but the traditional route of taking antidepressants was not going to work for me.
When I decided to see Dr. Friedman to discuss alternatives to antidepressants, I was at a dangerously low point in my life and had no hope that I would ever get better.
At my first appointment, I found Dr. Friedman to be very kind and was impressed that he took the time to understand my health history. He also spent time educating me about how brain and body imbalances impact one’s mental health.
I followed the supplement schedule that he recommended, and I was astounded to find immediate relief in my depressive symptoms. Some functional testing gave information to make the supplements work even better.
I can now function fairly well in my daily life, sleep better, and am no longer suicidal. The supplements I take have given me a sense of emotional stability and shortly after starting them I finally began to make progress in tackling my harder issues in therapy. I cannot express how much difference this has made in my life.”
I am so grateful to have found someone like Dr. Josh to help me explore alternative treatments.
“After several years of major depression I was finally able to find my way back to health with his help .
His guidance about nutrition and knowledge of supplements has been life-changing for me.”
With Josh’s knowledge and treatment I am finally feeling like my old self again. Maybe even better!
“I have suffered off and on with both depression and anxiety for a little over 20 years. I’d be able to go into remission for a handful of years with the help of a traditional psychiatrist and therapy but then relapse after a few short years. I’d switch medication or find a new therapist and feel better after a “crash” but it was frustrating.
And it appeared as though each major depressive episode was getting worse with the passing of time. I also developed mild agoraphobia about 10 years ago. I recovered somewhat from that, but I never felt like my old self again and still avoided certain situations. It was debilitating.
This past relapse I felt I needed something different to really heal my mind and body. A trusted therapist referred me to Josh and I thought I’d see what he could offer.
Josh’s approach was very different from any traditional treatment I had received prior. He really wanted to understand why my body and brain weren’t functioning optimally. Instead of masking the symptoms of an imbalance he wanted to treat that imbalance and help my body heal itself.
Through various tests, he uncovered the metabolic and physical reasons why I kept relapsing. He developed a comprehensive program between supplements my body lacked and helped me “clean up” my eating and nutrition to nourish my body and brain. Every step of the way he clearly laid out a clear and concise plan that was easy for me to follow and understand. He was readily available if I encountered any problems or had questions.
I am back to doing things I enjoy again which is amazing!”
Thank you so much for all your help over the years!
“When I first saw Dr. Friedman a decade ago, I was experiencing severe mental health issues.
During the few years prior, I’d been treated by several psychiatrists without much success.
When I have had setbacks over the years, he has always been available immediately to help me figure out where things have gone off the rails and to help me get back on track, usually within a couple of weeks.
I feel so lucky to have him as part of my healing team.
I never thought I could feel this good!
“I have a history of low dopamine and serotonin levels and have struggled with depression and an eating disorder for most of my life.
I was going to therapy, taking antidepressants and working with a Functional Medicine Dr. but nothing was helping my eating disorder.
I had read about Amino Acid Therapy being helpful for eating disorders, and knew I wanted to work with a functional nutritionist and that’s when I found Dr. Friedman.
I was at a very low point when I reached out. Dr. Friedman put me at ease right away, he was very patient!
After reading my questionnaire and doing a thorough intake, Dr. Friedman was able to recommend a protocol to follow that would address the imbalances and the symptoms I was having.
I was shocked at how quickly I felt better and how normal and in control of my eating I was. I am so thankful!
I am very grateful to have found Dr Friedman to help me explore alternative treatments.
“After several years of dealing with anxiety and inappropriate anger, I was finally able to find my way back to health with his help.
His knowledge of supplements for mental health has been life-changing for me.
Run and make an appointment with him!”
I want to thank you for guiding me as I support my body’s vitality.
“Your recommended protocols for cognitive and gut restoration have significant improved my overall functioning. How you utilize both science and such a high level of intuitive attunement to my specific needs deeply moves me and is a testimonial to your skill as a natural mental health practitioner.
Working with Josh has been a turning point in my recovery process.
“His holistic approach, working with both the mental and physical aspects of my disorder, made me feel understood and supported from day one.
His patience and candor have resulted in respectful but appropriate suggestions, slowly building my strength and confidence back. Always available and always encouraging,
It has given me tools that now allow myself to continue the process on my own. I just wished I had found him earlier!”
Thank you Josh for being so pivotal in my healing.
“I was started on an antidepressant over 20 years ago after having anxiety which I now know was triggered by the antibiotic Cipro that I was prescribed multiple times for bladder infections.
It was a life long cycle of trying to get off the antidepressants only having to go back on because of the severe side effects from the withdrawal. Trying multiple times cold turkey to trying to slowly wean myself off. It was an endless cycle.
I was finally blessed to see information written by Josh Friedman about success in using amino acids to treat anxiety and depression.
That was the changing point for me.
I am now off all antidepressants and feeling better than ever.”
My mood lifted!
“I recently relapsed with sugar, alcohol and was also feeling quite down which was unusual for me.
I realized that I should get some help before things got worse.
The first person that came to mind was Dr. Josh Friedman. I knew he had a deep understanding of the mind body connection and the use of amino acids to address mood issue and cravings.
After talking awhile , josh started me on some amino acids and targeted diet changes.
My mood lifted right away and I was able to get back to healthy eating.
Thanks Josh for your compassion and support.”
I’m delighted to have him as a health partner!
“I saw Dr. Friedman for low serotonin symptoms (irritability, depressed mood, sugar cravings) especially in the late afternoon, as well as anxiety and insomnia.
He recommended specific amino acids, which produced immediate results.
After two months on the amino acids I was able to reduce them to PRN only.
Additional testing revealed several nutrient deficiencies that were corrected with supplements.
Trials with other supplements helped me find what worked for the insomnia.
I was very pleased with his recommendations.”
I’m beyond grateful to Dr. Josh for his help and wisdom.
“I’m in recovery from addiction, an eating disorder, and depression, and was struggling with rigid and obsessive thinking when I met Dr. Josh.
Immediately I felt supported and comfortable with his very knowledgeable, progressive, and compassionate style.
We found effective supplements and practical action steps to incorporate into my life, and I’m feeling healthier and much more peaceful.”
I Am feeling well for the first time in years!
“After a negative experience with pharmaceuticals, I’d learned to take care of my mental health with exercise, meditation, nutrition and other tools—and felt balanced and healthy for many years.
However, once I became pregnant and through my postpartum period, I experienced severe anxiety and was unsuccessful applying the tools that had previously worked.
With his expert knowledge on the root of anxiety and depression, along with proven interventions, Josh recommended a comprehensive approach to treating my symptoms.
The supplements he suggested improved my anxiety and sleep almost immediately.
These, along with his guidance on nutrition and movement, have me feeling balanced and back to normal.”
You’ll be in good hands. He really knows what he’s doing.
“When our daughter’s bouts with depression were getting worse and more frequent, we were hesitant to go the traditional medical route, and had heard good things about Walsh-trained doctors. It was on Dr. Walsh’s website that we discovered Dr. Josh Friedman.
We had never experienced a telehealth appointment before, but after our first “visit,” our teen said she liked that option much better than actually going to a doctor’s office. We never had any technical glitches, and accessing the online appointment was easy… except when I got the time zone difference wrong!
Dr. Josh’s down-to-earth, likable personality made us both feel comfortable, and his well-rounded knowledge and experience were obvious from day one.
Dr. Josh provided recommendations re: diet, lifestyle, supplements, sleep habits, and blood work, asking our daughter what she preferred to incorporate first.
She felt respected and understood, and experienced notable improvement within a week.
Dr. Josh knowledgeably tweaked things over a few months; providing written summaries and directions after each session. We always felt confident in the quality of care we received, and have since recommended Dr. Josh to others. If you’re hesitant to give telehealth with Dr. Josh Friedman a try, don’t wait!”
I feel like I have my life back.
“I suffered constant anxiety and panic for 17 years, despite being on all kinds of medication.
Dr. Friedman thoroughly examined all of my symptoms and recommended a regimen of supplements. I started to feel better immediately.
Now I am free from anxiety and panic, and I feel much more healthy. Thank you, Dr. Friedman!”
Within a week I noticed dramatic changes in my overall behavior, health, anxiety, and happiness.
“I first went to Dr. Friedman due to overwhelming intrusive thoughts and anxiety.
Before seeing him, there were days where I couldn’t imagine every having a quality of life without anxiety. It seemed nothing was working and there was no light at the end of the tunnel.
After meeting Dr. Friedman and pursing some functional medicine testing, he suggested certain supplements to restore health to the parts of my body that were depleted in nutrients.
Now half a year later, I can go weeks without any trace of anxiety and for the first time in my life I have felt “normal.”.
Dr. Friedman is one of the most knowledgeable practitioners I have ever encountered.
He changes lives and his guidance has completely changed my overall happiness, quality of life and health. He strives to always be accessible to help his patients, and without him my life would not be the same.
I owe my newfound emotional freedom and happiness to Dr. Friedman.”
When my therapist suggested seeing Josh Friedman, she threw me a lifeline.
“I have anxiety and fibromyalgia, but I had developed severe mood swings and was heartbroken over some recent losses in my life.
Josh was able to identify supplements that have turned my life around. I feel like I’m myself again. I have a sense of stability but now I can be flexible with what life sends my way.
I really feel like myself again… maybe even better than myself.
“I have the highest praise for Dr. Friedman. In the simplest of terms, I had a problem and he helped me solve it immediately.
Recently, I’d become anxious and weepy in a way that felt a little out of control and without cause.
Dr. Friedman recommended vitamin supplements that worked within 24 hours.
In addition to alleviating the nervous crying, my digestion, sleep, and mood have all improved. No side effects.”
It was like I could finally open up the curtains and let some sunshine into my brain.
“I came for help with anxiety and depression.
Josh really looked at the whole picture, how my mental and physical health is connected.
Within a few weeks of taking supplements based on the findings of some testing,
I was addressing depression and lifelong digestive problems that had a radical effect on my wellbeing.
I could sleep. I could focus, and I felt much less depressed.
I couldn’t believe it!”
I am lucky.
“I was referred to Dr. Friedman by my regular therapist at a time when I had become depressed. I have never been a ‘medicine person’ so the idea of taking antidepressants just wasn’t for me.
At my first meeting he provided information to help me understand the role of diet and amino acids in depression. He suggested some specific tests to make sure we were on the right track.
Josh worked closely with me over the next few days and then weeks to fine-tune my program. I was amazed that within 36 hours my mind was calm and the suicidal thoughts had diminished.
I have since been able to return to my regular therapy schedule and with the support of the amino acids and other supplements have made great progress. I am grateful to have such an amazing resource.”
“Before seeing Dr. Friedman my feelings felt unpredictable. Now I feel happy and confident.”
-Connor, Age 12
We are truly grateful.
“As a parent, it is difficult to see your child struggle with overwhelming, sad, and irritable emotions.
Over the years, we have tried many treatment options, with minimal improvement. We met with Dr. Friedman, and he suggested a regimen of supplements after a comprehensive interview.
The mood improvement our tween experienced was remarkable. In a very short amount of time, he began to smile more often, told us he felt happy, and began seeking out friend connections and outings.
In his eyes we now see hope and joy. Thank you!”
I never thought I would feel like myself again, and I am so thankful for his help.
“Dr. Josh Friedman was recommended to me from a friend. I have suffered for years from PTSD, Major Depression, Compassion Fatigue, Severe Anxiety, and Anhedonia.
Dr. Friedman helped me find alternative ways to mitigate my symptoms and I felt relief within hours, and have had continued relief for many months now.”
Words truly cannot express my deep gratitude for this man and his help.
“I struggled with depression for most of my life. About six years ago, I finally gave in and sought professional help from a psychiatrist. I filled out a brief health history form and he sat me down on the couch to ask me a few questions. That was all the info he needed to make his diagnosis, “major depressive disorder”.
He prescribed me some drugs and told me to check back in a few weeks to see how I felt. The drugs actually helped a bit at first, but I fell back into depression shortly afterward.
I continued to struggle over the next few years. During that time, I saw several psychiatrists and they all had a similar method of diagnosing and treating me. They asked me a few questions, diagnosed me with some vague-sounding disorder, and sold me some drugs.
Unfortunately, this approach almost killed me.
In 2013, I checked into a mental hospital for a suicide attempt. I had no history of anything like this ever before. Nobody had any idea why I was so sick. I was in a dark place and I was afraid.
Thankfully, I found Dr. Friedman shortly after being released from that hospital. He explained there could be a dozen or more physical conditions that could be causing my symptoms and the only way to accurately diagnose me was to test for the “usual suspects”, as he put it.
After testing, he identified several probable causes for my symptoms, including a major deficiency in one important trace mineral. Dr. Friedman recommended over the counter supplements to treat the deficiencies we found, as well as some dietary changes.
What followed were three years of freedom from depression. I have had no mental health issues whatsoever for three years and I took no drugs at all! Every area of my life has been so much better than before.
I was like a light switch turned on in my head and my whole world changed.
After seeing my profound and sustained recovery, about a dozen of my family and friends have been treated by Dr. Friedman for various issues with positive results.”
From near disabled to happy, thriving and successful.
“Dr. Friedman helped me gain my life back in a way I never thought possible. Where previously I had learned to grit my teeth and barely manage my depression and OCD, Josh actually addressed the underlying physical causes and freed me from their grip. I have Josh to thank for my new lease on life. Thank you!”
I would highly recommend the services provided.
“I was extremely satisfied with my experience consulting with Dr. Josh Friedman. His guidance and intuitive counsel helped me realize my goal of managing depression, stress and anxiety.
Blending advice about nutrition, supplements, mindful meditation and relaxation techniques helped me to achieve a sense of balance and wellbeing.
I learned a great deal from our discussions and was able to successfully integrate the information, creating behavior changes in my own life.”
I will never forget my first call with Josh.
“I am writing to thank Josh for his life-altering treatment this past fall. I’m a psychotherapist in Washington DC, and I came to Josh through a referral from my therapist.
Two years ago I made a lifestyle change to eating only whole foods and eliminating sugar from diet. I felt great and I lost a good amount of weight.
After 12 months of eating with integrity, I was utterly shocked to find myself BINGEING on chocolate each night. I felt totally confused and utterly helpless. Somehow, at the age of 40, I had developed a binge eating disorder.
I spent a year in therapy, looking into triggers, studying my patterns, exploring my feelings about my body and food.
Finally, my therapist suggested a consultation with Josh, in an effort to look at what was happening with my neurotransmitters.
He identified hypoglycemia in five minutes. I was amazed that he could put the pieces of my story together so quickly. It made so much sense.
Through testing we identified several other imbalances to target.
He explained the pattern of my problem and outlined a course of treatment. He actually e-mailed a plan before our call had ended!
He gave me several books to read and checked in by e-mail nearly daily.
It took about three months of tweaking to get the supplements and the eating pattern correct.
The bingeing just fell away as if it had never been there.
I have carefully adjusted the types of food I was eating and the times I ate to keep my blood sugar stable.
I was also able to take what I learned and help several members of my family with undiagnosed hypoglycemia.
I can’t thank Josh enough!
It is so discouraging to know there is something wrong, to seek out treatment and have no real success in finding relief.
I know now that Josh is a very unique clinician and I am so grateful for the work we did! I finally feel like myself, or a better, more knowledgeable version of myself.
After a year of looking for answers, he was able to really get me on track in only a few weeks! I’m forever grateful.”
I can’t believe how simple the solution was.
“I was referred to Dr. Friedman by my therapist when I began having increasing depression, anxiety, restlessness, racing thoughts, and poor concentration.
I had started to self-medicate for these feelings with alcohol, diet restriction, and other high-risk behaviors. After talking with Dr. Friedman he determined that I was protein malnourished, therefore I was not giving my brain the nutrition that it needed to function.
Dr. Friedman started me on supplements and explained the importance of amino acids and brain function. He also gave me many recommendations for improving my diet and increasing protein intake.
I went back to him weekly for about a month, each week we would talk about what had improved and what could be worked on and made adjustments accordingly.
With the supplements and a diet change as recommended by Dr. Friedman, I noticed immediate results.
Within the first two days I was able to sit down and rest, without my mind racing. I could now complete my thoughts and tasks. Within the first week I started to feel more at peace with being alone and less depressed.
For a long time I thought the way I felt everyday was normal.
When it began to spiral out of control, I called out for help and his help has brought me to a happier and more peaceful place, a place I did not know existed.”
I feel better.
“Working with Josh on my depression has been incredibly helpful.
Through Josh’s knowledgeable support and thoughtful intervention, I have way more control over my moods than I ever thought possible.
I am no longer plagued with depression previously only numbed with traditional psychiatric medication.
He has helped me address all aspects of my depression and taught the interventions most effective for me.
In addition to the guidance on supplements and nutrition for depression, Josh has led me to other interventions, which help me stabilize.
A simple yoga practice or 5 minutes of intentional breathing can make all the difference when depression begins to resurface.
I’m incredibly grateful for Josh’s help.”
It has made a tremendous difference in my life.
“I began working with Josh to explore some alternative treatments for anxiety and depression. Josh was patient and thorough in discussing a variety of options with me.
At his suggestion, I took my first yoga class, which turned out to be an important first step in learning to listen to my body and quiet my mind.
Josh provided me with recommended reading, and together we decided micronutrient and other simple blood testing might be helpful in determining the root cause of my issues. This testing helped me to pinpoint specific nutrient deficiencies, and Josh helped me sort through the test results and find the supplements I needed.
I continued to feel better, but ultimately decided to follow Josh’s recommendation to try a 30-day elimination diet. I was very reluctant to do this, but it proved to be the biggest breakthrough for me. At the end of the 30 days, it was quite clear that I needed to make some major changes to my diet. I now follow a whole food, modified Paleo diet, and have done so for almost a year. I have always been skeptical of diet-based therapies, but after making the changes, I have more energy, sleep better, think more clearly and feel happier.
I can’t thank Josh enough for his kind guidance throughout this process.
He is smart, caring and always willing to discuss new research and ideas. In addition to his background in nutrition, I think Josh’s background as a psychologist and as a certified yoga instructor, provide a unique skill set in helping people find integrative solutions to their mental and physical health needs.”
I never knew life could be this happy and at ease!
“I met Dr. Josh Friedman in September of 2010 during the most desperate time in my life. I was having panic attacks daily while living in a constant state of anxiety and deep, deep depression.
I had met with other mental heath professionals who seemed to only be focused on getting me on any sort of psychiatric medication. Though I have no issue with these types of medicines, I knew they weren’t what I wanted for myself, if I could help it.
Dr. Friedman gave me an alternative!
In our first visit, after truly listening to my issues, he talked to me about neurotransmitters and amino acids. How simple diet changes and supplements had the potential for drastic changes in my mental health.
Realizing that I needed it, he provided me with further reading and research, which I began immediately. He helped me start my regimen of familiar things like fish oil and B vitamins, as well as some less known such as GABA and L-tryptophan, while also ensuring I was consciously adding good protein into my diet.
Within the first day or two, I was sleeping at night. Panic attacks went from daily to weekly to monthly to rarely. And, when I did feel them rising to the surface, I had tools–I had some control back.
Dr. Friedman was with me every step of the way, listening and guiding me, working to try different doses of nutritional supplements, always conscious of my thoughts in the process. One of my fears of being put on psychiatric medication was the thought of having to take it for the rest of my life.
With Dr. Friedman by my side, I stopped regularly taking my amino acids about four years ago, only using them now when I need a little support. It’s been over five years since I began working with Dr. Friedman and my 2010-self is shocked to say I don’t remember the last time I had a panic attack.
I cannot begin to share my gratitude for Dr. Friedman, his expertise, his bedside manner, he dedication to his field and his clients. My life, and those of many others I’ve referred to him, is forever changed for the better.”
Not sure where I’d be right now if I hadn’t found Josh.
“I was referred to Josh through a friend of mine who also studies nutrition. Trying supplements was my last ditch effort in dealing with my diagnoses of major depression and anxiety disorders.
I tried exercise, getting adequate sleep, and four different types of anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications. Each different medication caused a severe allergic reaction or caused extra side effects that made the situation worse.
Josh took time to meet with me and went over my questionnaire and assessment I filled out. He didn’t rush things like many doctors at clinics do, asked a lot of questions and always asked if I had any other things I wanted to add. My history with family, illness, and surgeries made me a very complicated case, but Josh came up with a regime for me.
The testing he suggested helped us figure out where to go with the supplements. I didn’t even know that was possible.
I have been on this schedule of supplements for more than six months now and I feel a night and day difference. I did not have any side effects from the supplements and I don’t have anxiety filled days, and I’m able to sleep at night again.
It’s like coming back to life–a very good life.
“Dr. Josh Friedman really knows his science and combines that knowledge with an open mind and a generous heart. It’s the best of all combinations.
With Josh’s support and guidance, I am finally free of medication and substance abuse for the first time in 20+ years.
I can’t thank Josh enough for it.”
The effects of the supplements were such a big surprise.
“As a physician, I tend to be somewhat skeptical of ‘alternative therapies’.
However, my cravings for sugar and other carbohydrates were so strong that I was unable to resist them, and as a result I had a very difficult time losing weight.
As a last resort, I contacted Dr. Friedman who evaluated me for neurotransmitter deficiencies, and suggested amino acid supplements to help correct them.
Within two weeks of starting the supplements, my cravings were gone and my appetite had diminished to such an extent that I have been able to eat a healthy, brain-supporting diet and have not even been interested in the sweets and other junk food that I previously found impossible to resist.”