ANXIETY, STRESS & DEPRESSION 101

45% of Australian's will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime

In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF anxiety:

  • Feeling of overwhelm and unexplained worry
  • Poor memory, recall and concentration
  • Brain fog
  • Tightening of the chest, feelings of constriction and increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues - bloating and constipation, diarrhoea or alternating between the two
  • Avoiding social situations
  • SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION:

  • Mood dysfunction - irritability, mood swings, teariness
  • Fatigue, especially upon waking
  • Feeling unworthy and low, "like a dark cloud is hanging above you"
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Feeling isolated
  • Insomnia
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Muscle tension and aches
  • Digestive issues - bloating and constipation, diarrhoea or alternating between the two

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF STRESS:

There is healthy stress, like when your alarm goes off in the morning to wake you so you can go to work.  There is also unhealthy stress, this is when prolonged stress such as demanding and long work hours or acute stress like the loss of a loved one or a divorce.  When we are exposed unhealthy stress we can get changes in our hormones, vitamin/mineral requirements and neurotransmitter activity.

CAUSES OF STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Anxiety, stress and depression are signs and symptoms that there is an underlying cause; an underlying deficiency or imbalance.  There's no single cause for these conditions; it's often low level stress and exhaustion that impact brain chemistry.

Common contributing factors to high stress, anxiety & depression:

  • Mineral and vitamin deficiencies, such as vitamin D deficiency, B Vitamin deficiencies, such as Vitamin B12 and amino acid deficiencies
  • Prolonged stress or acute stresses
  • Family history and gene variants
  • Toxicity and heavy metals
  • Intolerance and allergies (diagnosed and undiagnosed)
  • Underlying digestive issues, such as IBS, parasites, etc.

TESTING & WHERE TO FROM HERE:

We start by changing your diet; focusing on a mood regulating & hormone balancing diet to regulate your mood and balance your neurotransmitters, and we look at testing options.  We can use a range of tests to understand exactly what is going on with your nervous system.  The most common tests are stress hormone and sex hormone testing (including cortisol, DHEAS), oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, plus vitamin deficiencies including Vitamin B12, thyroid studies, nutritional analysis, comprehensive stool analysis and a full blood test.

We also give your lifestyle recommendations, which includes meditation and mindfulness techiques to support your emoitonal state.

We support you with nutritional guidance, meal plans, shopping lists, recipes and a bespoke prescription pad to nourish your nervous system and regulate your mood Contact us now to book in your consultation