Depression

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Depression: Alternative medicine options for low mood

What’s the deal with alternative medicine for depression?

Are you looking for alternative medicines to support you with depression? Are you feeling overwhelmed with all of the information online? Let us help. Did you know that nearly half of Australian adults are thought to have a mental health issue during their lifetime? If you are struggling with mental health, you are not alone. The fact is there are numerous options when it comes to choosing herbal medicine or nutritional medicine to improve mood. So how do you know which medicines or which product to take? Which ones are hype and which ones will actually work? I for one don’t want to waste money on something from the health food shop to find it doesn’t cut the mustard.  That’s where we come in. 

Moods for Wellness was founded by Sydney Naturopath Jean Martain. Jean has years of clinical experience with a particular interest in mental health. There are so many potential contributing factors that can affect mood and well being. Jean acts like a detective, to help you piece your individual health puzzle together.

What’s the answer?

The bottom line is that there is no one size fits all product or supplement that everyone should take for depression. The bad news is that there isn’t a silver bullet that will magically fix you. Depression is a complex diagnosis that describes several symptoms. For example, a persistent low mood, loss of pleasure and or appetite, poor concentration, poor motivation, fatigue, low energy, reduced self esteem and so on. 

The interesting part is that depression can be a condition in it’s own right. As well as it can be a symptom of several chronic illnesses, or even nutritional deficiencies. This is where the chicken and the egg paradox debate begins. For instance chronic inflammation in the body can cause neuroinflammation (brain inflammation). Most chronic illnesses have an inflammatory component. There is even a special area of study called psychoneuroimmunology which looks at the interaction between the brain, the nervous system, the immune and endocrine systems.

Infections can cause inflammation and stress can disrupt hormones and the special highway that connects the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands called the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis (HPA axis). This is a key pathway that is affected in General Adaptation Syndrome the fancy term for ongoing long term stress that leads to exhaustion and burn out. This process alone can literally change your brain structure and actually cause depression. So you can see that diet, lifestyle, illness and stress are some examples of elements that can drive a low mood. Often there is a combination of these elements driving a low mood and it’s our goal to uncover the triggers and barriers that are unique to your individual health case.

Bespoke treatment.

Alternative medicines have an arsenal at the ready, and the choice of supplement or herbal medicine formula will depend on your health history, your current symptoms and illness picture, as well as your priorities for treatment. Often testing is a useful tool we can begin with to uncover issues that we can target your treatment with. This may include gut microbiome analysis, nutrient screening, inflammatory markers, hormones and more. Or perhaps you have been diagnosed with another chronic illness and need some help to get on track. Choose between casual consults or wellness subscriptions and benefit from a bespoke holistic health plant and individualised prescription to get you started on your way to moods for wellness.

Reach out if you have any questions, we are friendly and easy to talk to. Book online today! *If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or feeling suicidal, reach out to life line on 131114, if you are experiencing an emergency dial 000.

References:

https://www.aihw.gov.au/mental-health/overview/mental-illness

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/immunology-and-microbiology/adaptation-syndrome

https://www.nps.org.au/australian-prescriber/articles/nutrients-and-herbal-supplements-for-mental-health

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32150310/

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/chronic-illness-mental-health

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Moods For Wellness would like to acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land we work on, and show our respect to the Elders both past, present and future.