SOLUTIONS to mood disorders are found through the logic of FINDING CAUSES.
Depression/Anxiety, and many other mood disorders are now being considered as being caused by inflammation and oxidative stress (International Congress on Mental Health – Brisbane 2016)
So where does the Inflammation come from?
Some places to explore are:
- Inappropriate diet
- Lack of exercise
- Poor sleep
- Chronic infection
- Leaky gut
- Excess stress
- Low vitamin D & other nutrients
- Substance abuse
- Environmental toxins (sprays, heavy metals etc)
- Food toxins (eg. additives)
- Genetic ‘glitches’ (eg. MTHFR, Pyrroluria)
“Nutritional Medicine should now be considered as a mainstream element of psychiatric practise, with research, education, policy and health promotion supporting this new framework” (Published in LANCET Psychiatry Jan 26th 2015)
Associate Professor Felice Jacka (Epidemiologist) notes that quality of diet in childhood has a correlation with lifetime mental health.
For those people who do not gain positive responses from antidepressants it may help to understand that all depression/anxiety is not just serotonin deficiency or nor-adrenalin imbalance.
Researchers are discussing that GABA and GLUTAMATE, levels or CORTISOL (especially excess) AND a substance called BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) all interplay to cause mood disorders.
Positive interventions with good diet, exercise, magnesium, activated B vitamins, amino acids, curcumin, saffron, meditation and other ‘smart’ nutrients can give major support.
HAPPIER PEOPLE PRACTICE MORE OF THESE:
- Expressing gratitude regularly
- Practicing acts of kindness
- Dealing well with adversity
- Nurturing optimistic thinking
- Learning to forgive
- Savouring the moment
- Investing in relationships/social support
- Committing to significant life goals/purpose
- Practicing your religion/spirituality
- Meditating regularly
- Engage in physical activity or exercise
- Take care of the gut/ heal and balance
(Sonja Lyubomirsky PhD 2001, Dept. Psychology University of California)