Like most of us, you’ve probably asked yourself why you feel so moody. It can be normal at times depending on your situation, but when it becomes excessive, all consuming and interferes with your daily living, those can be indicators of an underlying disease. Our mood is controlled by both physical and emotional factors. Some medical conditions that can lead to anxiety and depression include:
- Heart disease
- Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism
- Premenstrual dysphoric syndrome
- Drug abuse
- Chronic pain conditions
- Nutrient depletions
If your body is exposed to constant work and life stressors, you are likely to have alterations in your mood. Some people can handle more stress and maintain a positive attitude even when things are getting tough. Usually, these people have balanced cortisol levels. Cortisol is our primary stress hormone and is released when we are under stress. We actually need cortisol to stay awake and respond to our environment.
Wondering if you suffer from depression or anxiety? Here is a link for a screening questionnaire if you feel you are suffering from depression or anxiety. You can experience both depression and anxiety at the same time.
Bipolar disorder is a condition associated with episodes of depression and mania. The most common symptoms associated with bipolar disorder is mood swings. Patients with bipolar disorder experience extreme happiness followed by depression and grief. Here is a link for a screening questionnaire if you feel you might have bipolar disorder. Be sure to consult with your doctor if your results suggest a positive screening.
At Dynamic Life Health Center, we offer an advanced approach to treating depression and anxiety. First, we will evaluate you for underlying medical conditions possibly contributing to anxiety and depression. We offer a specialty test from Neuroscience which measures your neurotransmitter levels. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that your brain uses to control your energy level, metabolism, mood, sleep and concentration. Some examples of neurotransmitters include Serotonin, GABA, Taurine, Glutamate, Histamine, PEA, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Epinephrine. Our body tries to maintain a delicate balance between these neurotransmitters. Imbalances can cause the brain and the body to be over or under stimulated producing neurological or psychological symptoms. Some common health conditions associated with imbalances include chronic fatigue, attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, insomnia, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. As an example, Dopamine helps you think, focus, and experience a sense of well-being. Imbalances can make it difficult for you to stay on task and cause foggy thinking. Dopamine is also responsible for your motivation and drive. It helps support your energy levels, muscle control, and your ability to resist cravings!
Excessive stress, poor diet, toxins, genetics, inflammation, alcohol and caffeine use can disrupt the balance between these communications and cause health problems. Once we determine your neurotransmitter imbalances, we can target the appropriate therapies which include nutritional support, lifestyle modifications and drug therapy, if necessary.
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