Anxiety and depression are debilitating conditions that affect one in five (20%) of Australians. Almost half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and the World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be the number one health concern in both the developed and developing nations by 2030. Why is mental health on the rise despite the rise of prescription anti-depression drugs?
Mental health signs and symptoms can manifest in a variety of ways, including:
- Low mood
- Lack of motivation and drive
- Fatigue; Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Weight gain
- Feeling of hopelessness about the future
- Heart palpitations, trembly, shaky
- Dryness of mouth
- Unable to relax
- Touchy, easily upset or irritable
- Easily startled, nervy, jumpy, fidgety
We have been told a story about depression and anxiety – that we are born with a chemical imbalance in our brain, that requires lifelong medication. Whilst genetics may play a large role in the development of mental health concerns, and medication may help some individuals, it is only one part of the puzzle. There are a multitude of factors that can influence an individual’s mental health, including:
- Environmental Factors
- Biochemical Factors
- Neurotransmitter imbalance
- Gut dysbiosis
- Heavy metal exposure
- Sex Hormone imbalances
- Thyroid imbalances
- Nutritional deficiencies or excesses
- Sleep issues
Despite this, mental health issues are often only addressed with medication, and perhaps some psychotherapy. Many underlying drivers of mood disorders may be missed using this approach, leaving an individual with no answers as to why they can’t seem to “snap out of it”.
At the JCN Clinic we believe mental health is multi-faceted. Just like we approach a case of IBS or hormone imbalance, we like to explore multiple aspects of an individual’s lifestyle to try to uncover the root cause of a mental illness. This may include:
- Pre-screening for genetic susceptibilities (e.g. MTHFR gene mutations and pyrroluria)
- Blood tests to determine underlying pathologies and nutrient deficiencies/excesses that are important for mental health
- Stool analysis to determine the role of the microbiome in relation to mood function (if needed)
- Hormone testing (cortisol, sex hormones, thyroid hormones) to determine if imbalances exist which could be contributing to mental health problems (if needed).
We also focus on stress and how this might affect mood, helping to develop strategies for successful stress management if needed. Exercise, for example, has been shown to significantly help those suffering from mental health disorders.
Finally, we focus on food. What are you putting into your body three times a day, seven days a week? There is emerging research demonstrating the role of diet and its impact on mental health, with a Mediterranean style diet positively impacting those with Major Depressive Disorder, even putting some individuals into complete remission.
As nutritionists, we believe the power of food, movement and thought can hugely impact our mood. We want to help you uncover what might be going on with your own mental health by conducting individualised consultations and helping you with behaviour change, which is why we put together this Nurtured Mood package, including:
- 3 x individual consultations with Emma Morris (one initial 90 minute valued at $165 and two follow ups valued at $215) conducted within the space of 6 weeks.
- Optional Mood Booster: 6 week Movement Plan with our resident Personal Trainer Michelle Maher (valued at $300) *available nationally, in person within Brisbane, or online inclusive of weekly Skype check in’s and an individualised movement plan.
- Pathology/gut/hormone testing, depending on your individualised needs
NB: Please note this package suits those on or off medication and those considering coming off medication in conjunction with the guidance of their doctor.
$330 for Nutrition only.
$499 for combination of Nutrition and Movement plan.
*testing and supplements are not included in the cost.
To make a booking, simply visit the JCN online booking system here and choose a time suitable for your Inital Consultation with Emma Morris. Alternately, feel welcome to pop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here with any questions, or to make a booking via email. This package is available nationally an internationally.
Nutritional consultations are covered by a variety of health funds, so please check with your insurer to see if you are eligible.