HEALING starts with FEELING:
Naturopathic Treatments for Anxiety and Depression
When it comes to evaluating, treating and healing anxiety and depression, I find all people live on a spectrum. Sometimes anxiety and depression present in response to stressful situations like traumas, injuries, divorces, arguments, breakups or job changes. Other times anxiety and depression can stick around because there is constant stress or because for some reason someone feels ‘wired’ to run that way. The first step toward healing is ALLOWING YOURSELF TO FEEL. The world we live in today suggests that feelings like anxiety and depression are always abnormal but that is not always true! When people allow themselves to genuinely FEEL more of the time – people can have an easier time healing. With this mindset, people then dispel excess frustration related to their displacement at the moment and instead find acceptance, support and ability to live more balance.
TREATMENT TO START HEALING
Food allergies, nutrient deficiencies, and blood sugar imbalances can all be REASONS for anxiety and depression and once identified and treated can completely eliminate mental health imbalances. Proteins are the building blocks of neurotransmitters, nutrients are co-factors in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, and glucose is the only food source for the brain. A thorough look into nutrition can help your body make what it should and possibly unlock the reason of why it hasn’t been doing it all along.
Assimilation of nutrients is imperative if we ever hope to use what we take in. If we have low stomach acid we cannot break down proteins well, if we are having diarrhea or constipation, it may be that we have absorption issues that need to be addressed to help use the nutrients we take in. Toxins from pollution, chemicals, metal toxicity, and poor diet can all contribute to a toxic burden in our livers (the organ that processes toxins). If we are not detoxing properly we FEEL toxic. Symptoms of depression, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, anger, irritability can all be signs we need to detox.
There are many systems to consider when we approach mental health. Thyroid problems as a result of genetics, autoimmunity, toxic overload, or age can cause depression, weight gain, and fatigue. Adrenal dysfunction can occur as a result of constant, unrelenting stress which can cause us to live in a state of ‘fight or flight’ causing anxiety, PTSD, digestive disturbances, allergies, increased inflammation, weight gain, fatigue, or insomnia.
The Naturopathic approach is all about treating the cause of the problem. Now we can take a look at different genetic problems like MTHFR(a defect in folate metabolism), deficiencies and other related defects in our biochemistry that if treated, can help spin those cycles back into balance. This can account for things like myalgias, neuropathic pain, depression, fatigue, psychosis, insomnia, panic disorders and mood imbalances to name a few!
Do you want to engage in a more health promoting treatment for your anxiety and depression?