When you suffer from depression or anxiety life can seem like an up-hill struggle, and seeking help to look at what might be triggering these problems may seem like a huge hurdle that you simply do not have the energy to address.
If you are affected by depression or anxiety you are not alone! It is estimated that approximately half the population over the age of 14 will suffer from depression, anxiety, or related mood problems at some time in their life.
Pharmaceutical approaches to treatment can provide effective relief for many people, however research suggests that as many as half of individuals studied either do not get sustained relief of their mood disorder, relapse or experience side effects that prevent the use of the pharmaceutical treatment.
Neurotransmitters in our brain regulate mental functioning, altering our states of alertness, relaxation, concentration etc. Scientific evidence links changes to the neurotransmitters ( serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine and GABA) in the brain with depression and anxiety. Whilst simple deficiency of neurotransmitters may be the issue for some individuals, the poor response rate to available antidepressant medication suggests a far more complicated picture.
Changes in mood can be triggered by a wide variety of factors – for example it is well appreciated that mood changes through the female monthly cycle indicating a role sex hormones have in modulating central neurotransmitter sensitivity. Similarly adrenal, thyroid and blood sugar hormonal control can all have a role in modulating our mood.
If you are looking for a treatment option that is complimentary to the pharmaceutical approach then Functional Medicine is an approach worth assessing. Functional medicine uses an approach that looks at the whole person, taking account of your environmental, lifestyle and genetic background (see Institute of Functional Medicine for more information on Functional Medicine) to assess your biochemical profile and discover where functional imbalances may exist.
Optimise Nutrition Mood Management Program uses a Functional Medicine approach to identify and correct specific biochemical imbalances that are triggering mood issues. The Mood management approach aims to identify and eliminate factors that have contributed to poor neurotransmitter function, which will include dietary and lifestyle choices. The focus will be to look holistically across the key physiological processes with particular emphasis on evaluating mood contributors from potential imbalances in adrenals function, thyroid, sex hormones, blood sugar control and detoxification capability.
We provide customised Mood Management Plans incorporating food and supplement plans to support and correct functional biochemical imbalances. Additionally, the Mood Management Program may include further recommendations for coaching, counselling, exercise and relaxation therapy, yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, massage and/or other therapeutic, integrative and supportive treatments, based on the individual needs of the client.
Through addressing the symptoms, root causes and conditions of the mood problems, we aim to create lasting, healthy mood changes.
For clients already on pharmaceutical mood medications or for those with more severe clinical depression, anxiety and other mood concerns, we aim to work in collaboration with you and your GP, psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist. Contact Optimise Nutrition today for a confidential discussion on how we can help you. email firstname.lastname@example.org