Mental Health Holistic Approach
Hi, I’m Dr. Ameet Aggarwal ND, naturopathic doctor, psychotherapist, and family constellations therapist. I have recovered from anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and childhood trauma using a combined approach of natural medicine, homeopathy, and emotional healing, which I’m really honoured to share with the Wellness Glow Community today.
Anxiety and depression are very treatable mental conditions. Unfortunately, surveys indicate that many people avoid seeking treatment or refuse to admit that they have a problem because of the negative connotations society associates with mental illness. Some people often think that if they have a mental illness they will be judged as being weak or incapable of coping with life. The sad thing is that they do not realize there are certain factors causing emotional symptoms in people that are not shameful at all and that their condition is very treatable.
Causes of Anxiety and Depression
Your mood depends on chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which include serotonin, dopamine, melatonin and GABA. When these neurotransmitters are out of balance, symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, suicidal thoughts, aggression, insomnia and paranoia begin.
Stress and unresolved trauma affect your nervous system and the production of hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin. Chronic stress and unresolved trauma exhaust your nervous system, leading to a condition known as adrenal burnout and an imbalance of cortisol and other hormones. This imbalance is one of the major causes of a reduction in neurotransmitter production and ensuing mental health issues.
On another note, many of your neurotransmitters are produced by the bacteria in your gut, not only in your brain. Your neurotransmitters are also affected by inflammation. Chronic inflammation from excessive toxins, inflammatory foods and a poor diet will throw off your neurotransmitters. A poor diet and an unhealthy gut also means that you will absorb less nutrients to make healthy neurotransmitters. This means that your mood is directly affected by the health of your gut, your levels of good bacteria, your diet and the medications and toxins in your body which affect gut health and chronic inflammation.
Your thyroid hormones also stimulate the production of neurotransmitters in your brain and in different organs. It is therefore important to ensure you have a healthy thyroid and screen for hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease if you’re experiencing changes in your mood.
The next super organ connected to mental health is your liver. Here’s why:
- Your liver activates about 70% of your thyroid hormone, which is necessary for stimulating the production of neurotransmitters.
- Your liver produces bile, important for digestion and the health of your gut and good bacteria. A healthy gut reduces inflammation, which is important for mental health.
- Your liver metabolizes hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Low testosterone levels are associated with increased levels of depression and low progesterone levels exacerbate anxiety and mood swings.
Having a healthy liver and detoxifying on a regular basis is therefore paramount for mental health.
As you can see, there are emotional and biological causes of mental health issues. An intelligent way of treating mental health is to therefore work with a good psychotherapist to help you with unresolved trauma, and with a good naturopathic doctor to help you with gut, liver and adrenal health.
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Dr. Ameet Aggarwal ND, Naturopathic Doctor, Psychotherapist & Family Constellations Therapist www.drameet.com/#naturopath Best-selling author of Heal Your Body, Cure Your Mind.