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.
Welcome to the seventh article in The OCD series. I’m Francesca, a Nutritionist who has lived with OCD since I was 10. At age 15 and then again at age 29, I hit rock bottom with OCD – it was so distressing and debilitating that it left me feeling suicidal and at one point, partially housebound. Now, after investing time, money and effort in creating a mental health tool box and fighting for my health and happiness, I have been living largely free of OCD since 2012. And I’m sharing everything I’ve learned to support people with OCD who want to get their lives back.
The first article in The OCD series looked at a key nutritional tool that supports your nervous system and mental health. More recently, we've looked at the role of trauma in OCD and anxiety, and what my experience of OCD relapse was like.
This article returns the focus to nutritional biochemistry, and discusses stress-driven and genetic factors that can play a role in OCD and other mental health conditions, such as generalized anxiety, ADHD, childhood behavioural problems, tics, Bipolar Disorder, all types of depression and schizophrenia.
Brewer's yeast is a good source of vitamins B1, 2 and 3, selenium and chromium. B1, 2 and 3 are necessary for carbohydrate and iron metabolism (giving you energy) and making adenosine triphosphate, the energy that powers all your body's cells. Because B3 is mainly found in chicken, salmon, beef and lamb, Brewer's Yeast is a good source of B3 for vegetarians.
Selenium and chromium are minerals. Selenium is necessary for converting thyroid hormone T4 to T3 and is an especially important nutrient for the many people affected by thyroid health conditions, which often manifest as ongoing weight gain, fatigue and depression. Selenium is also cancer protective. Chromium helps regulate blood glucose and is an important nutrient to obtain more of if you are affected by either form of diabetes (T1 or T2) and elevated blood triglycerides.