People sometimes think they need to get lots of costly tests done to get to the bottom of their health issues. Generally, I have not found this to be the case. I encourage all my clients to get good old fashioned blood tests done because they are more affordable and tell us a lot about what’s happening inside your body.
The following are blood tests worth requesting from your doctor/GP if you have been struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, or maternal mental health changes (OCD, anxiety, depression).
If your doctor wont order all or some of these tests (sometimes there are public health funding reasons for this), I believe it’s worth investing in having them done via a private lab. It will cost more but then you have a baseline to work from as you work on your health. And as you focus on improving your health, blood tests only need to be repeated once every six to 12 months at most.
Inspired by author and depression and anxiety survivor Matt Haig, I'm sharing a list of things that can spike or worsen my OCD, rumination, anxiety and stress. And a list of things that have supported my recovery from 19 years of OCD, that make me feel happy in my soul and which help to quiet my mind.
Things that make me worse
Staying up too late
Doing too much
Not resting enough
Not eating enough protein (meats, fish, eggs)
Crowded, busy cities (if I’m there too long)
People sometimes tell me they wouldn’t have thought there was a link between nutrition and mental health. I believe that by growing our awareness of the link between nutrients, mental health and mental health problems, we might reduce the stigma of mental health problems. We might create a shift where more people seek and find answers to their mental health struggles and go on to live happy and productive lives.
Nutrition builds your physical foundations right down to your cells. Cells that make up your brain and nerves, your hormone-secreting ovaries and testes. Cells that make up your heart and lungs, your complex, amazing digestive system. Cells that make up your blood. Immune cells that fight infections and keep you well.
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