Mood Disorders

Mental Health

Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Sleep disorders, Post Natal Depression, all of these are considered a Mental Health condition.

It is such a big area of discussion and one that often needs to be taken cautiously. While some people happily admit to their mental health struggles others hide from it and prefer to think that they are fine.

I fit into both of these categories. There have been many times where I keep telling myself I am fine and push on when I probably should have conceded that I needed some help. Even now after all the mental health work I have done for myself it can still challenge me at times.

Taking our currently covid situation, this has really pushed me to the limits. I was definitely challenged with this last lock down. It made me question my goals and dreams and I really had to consider if I still want to be a small business owner. I am still questioning this one, but what I did realise (once again) was that I was in victim mode. It was someone else’s fault and out of my control. While this is somewhat true, I also realised it took up a lot of mind space and energy to stay focused on this idea. Letting this go would allow me to consider other possibilities and free my energy for more positive thinking.

The mind can really play tricks on us. For me understanding why my mind works the way it does has been helpful. This allows me to step back sometimes and realise I am not going mad or having a break down or feeling like the I am the only person in the world to feel this way. I am not!

According to the Black Dog institute mood disorders are more common amongst women than men, rates of depression affect one in six (17%) women and one in ten (10%) men. 45% of Australians are likely to experience a mental health episode in their lifetime and that the prevalence of bipolar is probably higher than statistically suggested due to misdiagnosis or they are not detected. And some very sad statistics include men are more likely to commit suicide but less likely to seek help and our indigenous Australians have a suicide rate double to that of non-indigenous Australians. So you can see you are not alone mood disorders are very prevalent.

There are some great resources out there for you to reach out to when needing some help. Places like the Black Dog Institute, Headspace and Beyond Blue to name a few. These places can offer numerous services to help you deal with your current situation. But for me I want to know more I want to know the why? Why is this happening and what is the most likely cause (I am a why kind of person).

Why do I experience this? That is always my question. I use my Naturopathic mindset to try and join the dots. I have done this using diet and nutrition, DNA testing especially around Methylation as this can talk about your genetic susceptibility and with a good look at your environment. A thorough medical and family history are also a given. Once I collate all this information it can often tell me why you could be experiencing your mood disorder or point to a set of susceptibility factors.

Mood Disorders can impact on so many areas of your life including:

  • Relationships with partners, family, friends and work colleges
  • Sleep – both quality and quantity
  • Diet – feeling low can biochemically make you crave certain foods
  • Weight – inflammation caused by stress can make losing weight a real challenge due insulin sensitivity.
  • Other Health issues – such as thyroid these can often go hand in hand
  • Hormones – when feeling depressed or anxious then hormones can also become a challenge.
  • Confidence – of course when feeling low or anxious it can put a real dent on how we feel about ourselves.

If you feel that finding out your root cause or your why would be important to you, then come and have a chat with me and see if I can help.

When you know your why it doesn’t necessarily take away all of your issues, although there is usually a significant improvement, but it gives you a greater understanding of why you respond the way you do. If your why is around diet and nutrition, then you can at least recognise your patterns and make the changes you need to feel better. For me I know this is gluten, when I eat it I feel mentally a bit sluggish the next day. Sugar and alcohol can also make me feel the difference in my mental health.

I also have many issues around my Methylation pathways, and need ongoing nutritional support to ensure these are operating optimally. If they are not then you really can feel a difference with your mental health. Methylation is a big component of mental health.

So, if after reading this you think you would like to know your Why? Then come and have a chat with me as I would love to help you feel like your better self.

Reference

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/1-facts_figures

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