Mental disorders are very common in our society. The conditions could vary from depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD, autism, mood disorders, schizophrenia and more.
In pure conventional medicine, we normally diagnose these conditions using symptom clusters, and ruling out nutritional deficiencies, hormone problems etc.
When a person meets the criteria for symptom clusters mentioned in DSM-5 or the updated version of that manual, diagnosis of a mental disorder will be made. But this diagnosis will not fully explain the exact biochemical abnormalities happening in a patient who has got a mental disorder. A patient may have symptoms of mental disorders due to various reasons.
Reasons for mental disorders
(Patients suffer from mental health symptoms due to abnormalities in the chemicals in the brain called “neurotransmitters”. It could be lack of production or over production of one more neurotransmitters, imbalances between them, lack of breakdown or increased breakdown of them etc.)
- Nutritional deficiencies leading to a lack of production of brain chemicals.
- Abnormally increased breakdown concerned of neurotransmitters due to overactivity of enzymes concerned. (These activities are governed by activation/deactivation of genes which are under the influence of multiple factors like stress, nutritional levels, internal hormonal composition, and the amount of toxin load inside the body).
- Abnormally increased breakdown of neurotransmitters (Mechanism is the same as above).
- Disturbed composition of hormones, ultimately acting upon the same receptors that the neurotransmitters are also involved, causing mental health symptoms.
- Increased toxin load in the body preventing the receptors responding to neurotransmitters causing mental health symptoms.
- The patient with genetic errors which cause abnormalities in neurotransmitters and causing mental disorders. (These patients are more prone to suffer from mental disorders at an early stage of life and are very resistant to mental health medications.)
- Patients whose bodies don’t produce energy due to increased toxicity of the body or due to nutritional or hormonal deficiencies. These patients are generally very tired, lethargic, and withdrawn. Unless the causative mechanism is removed these patients will not respond to treatment very well.
- Due to chronic gut disorders (dysbiosis and other infections). These patients also will not respond to treatment, but mental health symptoms will largely resolve when the gut health is restored.
Mental health assessment at Wandal Medical Clinic
At Wandal Medical Centre, we evaluate patients suffering from mental health symptoms using multiple assessment forms which will analyse a lot of aspects of the patient’s body.
Eg: mental health, gut health, multiple symptom scores, hormone assessment, assessment of methylation status, fatigue scores, brain health symptom scores are among them.
Once we perform a complete assessment, we treat these patients by correcting their nutritional deficiencies, improving gut health, detoxing the body, providing dietary instructions according to the needs, etc.
Treatments and therapies used
Here we use natural therapies and nutritional supplements to improve their bodily functions and correct neurotransmitter abnormalities. When it is necessary and suitable, we use conventional treatment as well.
Some of our patients are also treated with medicinal oil which is also helpful in treating several mental health conditions.
Unfortunately, most of the patients straightaway only ask for a mental health care plan and referral to a psychologist. We value having a mental health team including psychiatrists, GP, psychologists, dietician etc. However, we feel that this is undermining our service. Many of those patients are attending counselling sessions indefinitely.
We do believe that a proper and detailed analysis of the patient history, appropriate blood testing, correction of nutritional deficiencies, use of targeted alternative medical therapies, use of conventional medicine, psychotherapy, and treatment under the care of psychiatrists when necessary, all should be combined to achieve the best outcomes for mental health patients.