Most people experience a wide variety of emotions in any given day. Our mood can be swayed one way by the rush-hour traffic, and another way by a lovely surprise waiting for us when we get home. Sometimes these moods seem hard to control, or they seem to completely take over our bodies and minds. When our mood feels like it is too much to handle, it can begin to take over our lives. This can be temporary or circumstantial, as in the loss of a loved one, and will move through a predictable pattern. On the other hand, sometimes there seems to be “no reason” for our bodies to be feeling this way or “nothing” you can do to make it feel better. Our naturopathic doctors always assess mood and mental health as part of the whole picture of each patient’s health and will help create a plan to optimize both. Moods can be affected by many things such as stress, sleep, digestion, hormones, and most notably, our neurotransmitters. We have many neurotransmitters, which signal different things throughout our body and mind and play a big role on how we feel, or our mood. Some of the key neurotransmitters include:
- best known for contributing to feelings of wellbeing and happiness. It also regulates mood, appetite, digestion, memory, sexual desire, and converts to melatonin to regulate the sleep wake cycle.
- Low levels of serotonin can cause depression and low mood, poor memory, low self esteem, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping
- commonly associated with reward and addictions, and also helps to regulate our emotions, our movement, pleasure, motivation, and memory.
- Low levels of dopamine can cause Parkinsons, low mood and depression, lack of motivation and enthusiasm, lack of focus and concentration, fatigue and apathy.
- calms the nervous system down helping with sleep, regulating mood, preventing overexcitement of the nervous system, and healthy stress coping.
- Low levels of GABA can result in anxiety, low mood and depression, epilepsy, PMS, poor sleep, ADHD and poor coping with stress.
- also known as noradrenaline, helps us respond to stress by making the heart beat stronger, narrowing focus, strengthening muscles, increasing blood sugar, and also helps with mood and concentration.
- Low levels of norepinephrine can result in low mood and depression, anxiety, issues with sleep, fibromyalgia and migraines.
CONDITIONS WE TREAT
- Anxiety (general, social)
- Postpartum depression
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Autism spectrum
- And much more!
Our practitioners have had a lot of experience in treating mental emotional concerns with great success. Your first step to feeling better is to Make an Appointment today!