The Good the Bad and the Ugly
The Good News
You can recover. There is hope. The percentages of those recovering from mood disorders when following the right path toward regaining their health is high. Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson was seeing a 74% recovery rate. Dr. Hoffer was seeing a 70% to 90% recovery rate. Others, like Dr. Carl Pfeiffer reported high percentages such as these as well. You can reclaim your brain and your mind with it. You just need to know how to do so.
The Bad News
You will not likely experience the recovery you are truly seeking by taking a prescribed medication. The drugs do help stabilize some individuals and, for a few, they will always be part of the solution. But the majority of the people relying on drugs alone are very disappointed with the results. This is even more true in the long run. Often, SSRI’s don’t work for many (Mathews-Larson). When they do work, SSRI’s have been found to deaden all emotion (Amen). In Kent County Washington, one psychiatrist testified that no schizophrenics had recovered under his treatment although he had seen ten thousand patients (Hoffer). As for anxiety, 75% of the people suffering from it, don’t even receive treatment (Mathews-Larson). When they do, they are often put on very addictive substances. Besides the addictive nature of anti-anxiety meds, all the prescription mood drugs have bad side effects.
The Ugly News
If you have a mood disorder going on, you are not alone. One in ten American’s is taking a prescribed antidepressant (Amen). About one in a hundred are diagnosed as schizophrenic (Hoffer). The percentage of those suffering from anxiety is more difficult to tell, but the number is likely higher than the those with depression or schizophrenia combined. This is because 75% of those with this condition do not receive treatment for it. Additionally, a NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) study in the 1980s found that only substance abuse was more common than anxiety of all mental illness (Mathew-Larsen).
Trust the Lord Through Prayer and Seek Others Who Care
At Focus On The Mind, we believe in God. He does answer prayer. And we should always seek Him for help. He is the one who owns everything. We are only stewards of our possessions including our health and wellness. As good stewards we should strive to do what is best for the owner. God wants us to take care of things, and we will have to give an account of what we have accomplished in every area of life. This includes health.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
3 John 1:2, NKJV
Unfortunately, for many people including Christians, we think we can eat what you want and take a pill, and we call this good stewardship. This is even more true when it comes to mood disorders. Misunderstanding the Bible when it says things like “be anxious for nothing, but let your supplications be made known to God…” has led some to think we have the ability to think away very real physical conditions. God wants us to think correct thoughts, yes, and rely on Him through prayer, but not to the neglect of our caring for our health. This is nothing more than putting God to the test which scripture forbids.
A Story of Two Kings
In the Bible, consider the accounts of King Asa and King Hezekiah in the Old Testament. King Asa would die from his malady, while King Hezekiah would be spared. King Asa sought only the physicians and did not seek the Lord at all. God wanted King Asa to pray and rely on God for his healing. King Asa would die. It wasn’t because Asa sought the physicians, it was his lack of prayer. King Hezekiah, on the other hand, sought the Lord. When Hezekiah was told he would recover, God did not perform a miracle of healing. Rather, the prophet Isaiah told King Hezekiah to apply a medicinal treatment which would allow recovery. King Hezekiah sought the Lord, and also received medical treatment. This is a wise pattern. Rely on God while seeking health.
By God’s Grace, We’re Here to Help
God is able to help. Often this means prayerfully seeking help from those who care and can help you to bring about relief. We at Focus On The Mind are here to help others who are seeking wellness from mental health issues. Pray about it. Ask to the Lord if we are the ones who can help you in your situation. Remember, there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. Perhaps we are part of your team.
Educating You and Helping You Discover Your Needs
What Could Go Wrong
We want to help you first through knowledge and education. You are a unique individual, and you have the condition you have due to root causes that apply to you alone. You need to understand what could have possibly led you to your present condition. There are many possible factors that could have contributed:
- Dietary Issues Leading to
- Leaky gut
- Systemic Inflammation
- Poor macro nutrient balance
- Lack of needed nutrients
- Inadequate fluids
- Brain Allergies
- Inherited Traits + Predispositions
- Toxic Overloads
- Excessive amounts of usually beneficial heavy minerals
- Excessive foreign unwanted heavy metals
- Exposure to other foreign chemicals
- Lack of physical exercise or movement
Basics of Brain Chemistry
Mental illness happens when neurotransmitters in the brain are out of balance. Neurotransmitters carry signals between brain cells. We want to help you understand what this means. We hope to give you the knowledge to learn how the brain works and where the true causes of some common mental illnesses come from, bio-chemically speaking.
Here’s a small example. When you eat protein, your body breaks it down to amino acids. One of these amino acids is Tyrosine. Your body uses Tyrosine to make Dopamine. However, without the presence of Vitamin B6, you will lack the ability to make this happen. B6 is an important cofactor.
Gut Brain Connection
Serotonin is a “feel good” neurotransmitter. Did you know that 95% of the serotonin in the body is produced in the gut? Now that you know the basics of brain chemistry, you need to know how your body makes chemicals in the gut. A healthy gut can help restore emotions. You will discover how all the tiny micro-organisms in the gut can help you to feel better.
Overcoming Obstacles to Recovery
We want to help you learn the steps you may be able to take to recover. After understanding what’s wrong, you will learn what could be done to help. We provide support and encouragement to get you down the road. This comes through more learning on your part and listening and sharing on our part - especially listening. We want to know how things are going and actively help you reach your goals.
Amen, Dr. Daniel G.. The End of Mental Illness: How Neuroscience Is Transforming Psychiatry and Helping Prevent or Reverse Mood and Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Addictions, PTSD, Psychosis, Personality Disorders, and More. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Hoffer, Abram. Psychiatry Yesterday (1950) and Today (2007): From Despair to Hope with Orthomolecular Psychiatry. Victoria, BC: Trafford, 2008.
Larson, Joan Mathews. Depression-Free, Naturally. Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.