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Mental Health Disorders: It's NOT All in Your Head

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Mental health disorders are widely misunderstood.⁣

Some common misconceptions:⁣

  • Depression – “Just get out more and focus on the positive.”
  • Anxiety – “Calm down, there’s nothing to worry about.”
  • (Insert ANY mental illness) – “It’s all in your head, you’re crazy, it’s just the way you’re wired…”

*UGH. ⁣*

You guys, these conditions – just like any other illness – have underlying biological causes.⁣

One of the most common root cause of psychiatric disorders is chronic inflammation, beginning in the gut.⁣

Researchers in the field linked better success with anti-inflammatory treatments over SSRI’s in patients with depression and concomitant inflammation.⁣

This means that serotonin deficiency is not the problem.

The root cause MUST be determined before throwing popular drugs at mental illness.

So what is at the root of this inflammatory process in the body?

Chronic inflammation is caused by:⁣

  • Eating highly refined and processed foods
  • An unhealthy microbiome ⁣
  • High levels of stress
  • A lack of quality sleep
  • Exposure to toxins and pathogens

What does this mean?⁣

⁣It means that there is no magic pill.⁣

It means that you are the power that will catalyze recovery from these conditions.⁣

Suffering from mental illness does not make you less than, and your illness does not define you.⁣

So how do you reduce inflammation?⁣

  1. Exercise/move daily – check out @cbquality for some major inspiration ⁣
  2. Nourish your body with real foods to reduce inflammation and eliminate foods that promote it⁣
  3. Get adequate amounts of high quality sleep ⁣
  4. Drink at least 1/2 of your weight (lbs) in ounces of water each day⁣
  5. ⁣Incorporate pre- and probiotic foods that support a balanced microbiome⁣
  6. ⁣Add a few minutes of meditation to your daily routine – @the.holistic.psychologist has some amazing guides ⁣
  7. ⁣Be patient and kind with yourself in the process⁣

Does this resonate with you? Which changes make the biggest difference in your mental health?

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