Many of the medications that are for common mental disorders can be the cause of unpleasant side effects. And that can discourage some clients from taking their medication. In more recent years, there has been a great deal of interest and use of more natural substances. This is with the use of supplements and foods to treat the symptoms of psychological Depression and the trauma of Anxiety. This is to either enhance the effects of prescription drugs or for use on there own.


Studies have now shown that a lack of certain bodily substances and nutrients may contribute to the development of many of the psychological traumas of mental health disorders. It is noted that many essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids are quite often deficient in the general population of the UK and other developed countries. They are are exceptionally deficient in clients that are suffering from psychologically traumatizing mental health disorders.

There are now many experts that believe that nutrition has the potential to cause an affect on the symptoms and severity of he trauma of Depression. Supplements that are included are omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E, and folate have been now been put under investigation. Omega-3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaeoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been shown to have an impact on the trauma of Depression. This is because these compounds are widespread in the psychological brain. So far the evidence is not fully conclusive, but omega-3 supplements are an option if you have any psychological traumas of mental health. Just one to two grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily is now the generally accepted dose for healthy individuals. But for clients with psychological mental health disorders, it has been shown that up to three grams to be safe and an effective alleviation of Depression.

Supplements that contain amino acids have also been found to reduce the symptoms of Depression. This is possibly because they are converted to neurotransmitters in the brain and that helps to alleviate the trauma of Depression. An example is that of serotonin which is made using the amino acid tryptophan. Dietary supplements that contain tyrosine or phenylalanine (lemon juice) that are later converted into dopamine and norepinephrine.

Where there are deficiencies in the magnesium and the B vitamin folate, these also have been linked to the symptoms of Depression. There have been trials that suggests clients that are treated with 0.8mg of folic acid per day or 0.4mg of vitamin B12 per day will have their symptoms of Depression reduced. And clients treated with 125 to 300mg of magnesium with each meal imbibed and also at sleep time have shown been showing signs of rapid recovery from the psychological trauma of major Depressive disorder.

Depression Warning Signs

Not everyone who has a Depressive disorder experiences al the warning signs. Some people will experience only a few of the signs. While other clients can suffer many of the symptoms. The severity of symptoms does vary within clients and varies over time. These signs are of those of the client suffering. The client does not seem at all like their normal self. The changes in the person’s mood and symptoms are usually seen by their friends and family.

Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood

Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness

Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex

Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed”

Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping

Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain

Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts

Restlessness, irritability

Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain

Now experts have been looking at a range of herbal remedies and supplements for individuals with psychological Anxiety. The evidence does support that the effectiveness of kava for mild to moderate Anxiety disorders is for its alleviation. Kava however has an impact on other medicines that are metabolized by the liver. St John’s wort, valerian, Sympathyl (a mixture of California poppy, hawthorn and elemental magnesium) and passionflower have all been put under investigation for the trauma of Anxiety. However, the psychological studies have been generally small or inconsistent. In tests it has been shown that lower than average omega-3 levels have been reported in clients with Anxiety. So supplementation with the omega-3s appear to improve some symptoms of this mental health disorder. Zinc and chromium supplements may also be helpful. And that also is with the inclusion of calcium and vitamin B6. Four hundred IU per day of vitamin E has been shown to be to some effectiveness, and several other supplements are now being investigated. These include magnesium, manganese and tryptophan. Supplementation with calcium is another promising option being investigated.


Fluctuations in calcium levels may help explain some features of PMS. Tiredness, appetite changes, and depressive symptoms were significantly improved in one study of women receiving calcium, compared to the usage of a placebo.

Warning signs of the psychological trauma of Anxiety.

Physical weakness

Constant worry

Poor memory

Palpitations

Fear or confusion Inability to relax

Shortness of breath

Upset stomach

Sweaty hands

Poor concentration

Muscle tension


Clients that suffer with the mental health disorder of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), are often benefited from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). So saying, the nutrients that increase serotonin levels are more than likely to reduce the symptoms. And again, the amino acid tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin. So tryptophan like 5-HTP supplements can increase serotonin levels and treat the causes of the mental health trauma of psychological OCD. St. John’s Wort has also been shown to benefit the causes of the trauma of OCD symptoms. Just a dosage of 900mg per day of St. John’s Wort has now been shown to improve the symptoms of OCD. It is also less likely to cause side effects, but there are concerns that it can interfere with some prescription medicines.


Warning signs of OCD.

“Common compulsions include excessive cleaning (e.g., ritualized hand washing); checking, ordering, and arranging rituals; counting; repeating routine activities (e.g., going in/out of a doorway) and hoarding (e.g., collecting useless items). While most compulsions are observable behaviors (e.g., hand washing), some are performed as unobservable mental rituals (e.g., silent recitation of nonsense words to vanquish a horrific image)”.


Dr. Shaheen E. Lakhan of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation in Los Angeles has said, “There is tremendous resistance from clinicians to using supplements as treatments, mostly due to their lack of knowledge on the subject. Others rather use prescription drugs that the drug companies and the FDA researches, monitors and recalls if necessary”. “However, for some clients, prescription drugs do not have the efficacy of nutritional supplements and they sometimes have far more dangerous side effects. So for clinicians to avoid these supplement therapies because of a lack of knowledge and unwillingness to use treatments not backed by drug companies and the FDA, they are compromising their clients’ recovery.” I state that psychiatrists should be much aware of nutritional therapies and appropriate doses. This is due to the possibility of side effects in order to provide alternative and complementary treatments for their clients. Dr Lakhan says, “This may reduce the number of non-compliant clients suffering from mental disorders that choose not to take their prescribed medications,” he adds. Ref: https://psychcentral.com/lib/natural-and-herbal-supplements-for-common-mental-disorders/