Are you seeking Natural Therapies for mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, panic or stress?
Mental health Illness is likely to affect each of us at some point in our life. However, do you notice how some people are free from debilitation faster than others? Some people find themselves in a downward spiral and unable to get out, the deeper you get in the harder it is to just “think yourself happy”. It gets to a point where it can severely impact your life and the life of those around you.
The cause? Research has shown that there are many causative factors that drive someone to become anxious or depressed. The questions you need to be asking is, why wont it leave you alone? What is causing it? How did it start?
Our Sunshine Coast Naturopaths are able to formulate a treatment plan centred around not only your symptoms but addressing the cause through the latest scientific treatment methods fused with time proven traditional naturopathic methods.
Have you addressed these 5 possible triggers?
- Hormone imbalance
- Genetic predisposition
- Digestive function and nutrient absorption
This is one of the most common pieces missing to the puzzle. Menopause, PMS, Post-Natal depression… they all share the common trait of mood imbalances. The connection is they are all from hormone imbalance. The only problem with thinking that these are the only times that hormones go out of balance is that you have more hormones than your “reproductive hormones”. Hormones of the fight and flight response are more often than not to cause of anxiety. Inflammation could potentially cause these to go out of balance. Hormones may become out of balance as a result of ongoing stress, heavy metal accumulation, poor digestive function and medication.
2. Genetic Predisposition.
There are, most definitely, genetic factors that could possibly lead to anxiety or depression. Identifying any sort of genetic traits is of utmost importance. Although you cant change your genetics, there is plenty you can do to negate the effects that these traits can bring about.
There is a condition that not many have heard of called pyroluria. It affects approximately 10% of the population. The persons ability to assimilate vitamins needed to make “happy chemicals” is low, so this test is always recommended if you suffer with any mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, low stress tolerance, alcoholism, fatigue or insomnia.
Another gene that we frequently assess is for MTHFR gene mutation. The MTHFR enzyme is key to the conversion of folate to the active version, which is pivotal to neurotransmitter production. Under methylation that is linked to MTHFR gene mutation may be associated with reduced glutathione, an antioxidant and detoxifier.
MTHFR gene mutation may be associated with fibromyalgia, depression, autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chemical sensitivity, addictions and migraines. Just to name a few.
3. A lack of nutrient absorption or an underlying digestive issue.
Often we hear people say, “I get this pain here” or “I get a little bit of reflux” or “Sometimes my bowels do play up, but not often” or “It does make funny sounds”. These little signals from your digestive system, could possibly indicate that you have food sensitivities, not allergies, just delayed minor irritations. These irritations may cause havoc on your digestive system in a way that is hard to comprehend until you do the testing. Research is shifting towards the area of microbiology and using specific strains of bacteria in part of the treatment of anxiety and depression. There are specific strains that we find to be higher in the stool samples of those with anxiety of depression, and once these bacterias are corrected, the person almost immediately feels better. Our Naturopath and Dietitian can help you in this area.
Nutrition is so important in the production and balance of your neurotransmitters.
Watch this short and informative clip explaining how your brain chemicals are made.
4. Inadequate detoxification.
We are not talking about a green smoothie detox (although they are great!). We mean the fundamental detoxifying that should be happening daily. Including the clearance of heavy metals, environmental toxins, bacterial cell walls and any foreign particles in the blood stream. Too often we see that Phase 2 is under or overstimulated leading to an accumulation of toxins. We see these sort of clients explain they have foggy minds, bad breath, funny taste in the mouth, yellowing in the eyes, bags under the eyes or digestive issues.
5. Your psychology.
Often you can pinpoint when anxiety or depression started, it may have been triggered by a traumatic event. Maybe you have suffered with it all your life? Maybe it is your “undercurrent” of beliefs, thoughts and feelings? The events of our life truly impact our emotions. When we have been “beaten and down” for so long it can be hard to get back up again and regain our confidence. For some people our caring psychologist is recommended.
Collectively, these all have the potential to alter your happy, calming neurotransmitters. Mental health illness is not a one organ illness with mental health It must be treated in a integrated manner.
Where to next?
Our Integrative Clinic has patients interstate and overseas, we can help by offering phone or skype consultations.