Mood disorders are becoming increasingly common among Australian society. In any given year, at least 1 in 5 people will have experienced some kind of mental illness and it’s the third leading cause of disability (1). Around 2 million Australians will have experienced an anxiety disorder this year and 1 million will have been affected by depression (2). These are extraordinary numbers, and are likely to be understated due to under-reporting.
Why are these conditions so prevalent? There are many theories, but 21st century lifestyle is largely to blame. We are more connected than ever, and yet more isolated. Stress (and associated adrenal fatigue), disrupted sleeping patterns, poor diet, and lack of exercise are major contibutors to mood disruption. Neuroinflammation is also emerging as a very prevalent threat to mental health and is strongly implicated in the development of various forms of dementia and cognitive decline.
Natural medicine has a lot to offer in terms of supporting the nervous system and stress response. Optimising nutritional intake provides necessary basic components for neurotransmitter and catecholamine synthesis (such as B vitamins, magnesium, essential fatty & amino acids, zinc), and rejuvenation of the brain and central nervous system. Herbal remedies such as Passionflower, Chamomile, Withania, & Californian Poppy calm and soothe nervous tension, promote a restful sleep, reduce neuroinflammation and allow the patient to respond better when under stress.
Of course addressing underlying emotional components of depression and anxiety are equally as important as the physical aspects, and Flower Essences are most effective for releasing doubts, traumas, or emotional responses that no longer serve a useful purpose. Special attention must also be paid to lifestyle, making time for relaxation and allowing for 8-9 hours of restful sleep each night.
Would you like more information on natural treatments for depression, anxiety & other mood disorders? To find out more, or to book an appointment please contact us.