There are always some causes of mental health issues like depression, anxiety and others. Actual stresses, or perceived (or believed) stresses can be a major cause. But something as simple as a deficiency in one or more nutrients can cause depression, anxiety or other mental health disorders. If the deficiency is not addressed, then chronic mental health issues can result. Specific nutrients are needed to make your brain cells, nerves, hormones, and neurotransmitters, all of which are required for good nervous system health, and therefore good mental health!
Stress, traumas and emotional issues can deplete the body of certain nutrients, causing a deficiency. Stress also affects digestive system function, and reduces the absorption of nutrients, again causing a deficiency, and more mental health issues in a vicious cycle. There are many other factors which can lead to mental health conditions, and usually someone will be affected by more than one of these factors.
In the treatment of any health condition, Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine seeks to find the causes of the issues and then treats the causes. Nutrient deficiencies can be determined using various tests. Using nutritional changes, supplements or herbal medicines, nutrient deficiencies can quickly be reversed, and thus, restoring the body's ability to make new cells, hormones and neurotransmitters for good mental health and good overall health!
Unfortunately medications such as anti-depressants only focus on the symptoms, which will never improve the condition, and often makes it worse with their side effects. Antidepressant medications don't address the underlying nutrient deficiencies or help you to deal with the stressors which can cause mental health conditions.
If you, or someone you know has depression, anxiety or other mental health issue, please suggest that they talk to a counsellor from Mission Australia, Headspace, or the Black Dog Institute as quickly as possible. Please also let them know that there are other treatments available, and which focus on the root cause, for a much safer and longer-lasting treatment! I'd love to be able to help, as I have with others in the past!
If you are currently experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, please contact me for a personalised consultation to see what may be causing your symptoms.
A consultation will include a FREE health assessment, analysis of your diet, mineral deficiency test, metabolic rate test, recommended pathology tests and analysis of the results, and a personalised treatment plan!