Could Depression, Anxiety, & OCD be a Physical Health Issue?

While depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are psychiatric diagnoses, it doesn’t mean that their cause isn’t related to a person’s physical health. Many patients suffering from these conditions can be treated without medications and psychotherapy. In fact, if there is an underlying physical cause, it’s doubtful that an antidepressant and/or therapy is going to help.

“THE GREATEST BENEFIT OF TREATING THE CAUSE FOR YOUR DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, OR OCD, IS THE FACT THAT IT WILL MINIMIZE THE NEED OR DEPENDENCE ON SYMPTOMATIC MEDICATIONS.”

Six words that can transform your life and overall mental health

Don’t treat symptoms, treat the cause.

What’s the difference? In health care and medicine, it is the difference between choosing to treat your symptoms versus treating the cause. It’s the difference between living an optimal life and feeling good versus a life of misery and poor quality.

No one wants to keep suffering from any of the symptoms of depression, anxiety, or OCD. And, no one wants to keep riding the roller coaster of medications with all the ups and downs of various side effects and minimal benefit observed. So, I invite you to “stop treating symptoms, and treat the cause“.

Let’s start with your symptoms. Outside of the excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions) with OCD, anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand and are often accompanied by OCD as well.

Tension, anxiousness, insomnia, appetite instability, sleeping problems, lack of motivation, fatigue, and even muscle aches and low back pain can all be precipitated from one of these debilitating conditions. But, what is really causing all these problems and poor quality of life?

Could this be a physical problem?

Common causes for many of the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety are often related to deficiencies of various nutrients, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids.

Other less common causes may include toxic factors, such as mold toxicity, exposure to toxic chemicals – especially heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury, or even prescription drug toxicity. Further, metabolic disorders, such as chronic inflammation may also lead to depression, anxiety, or OCD.

Candidiasis or yeast overgrowth syndrome

Believe it or not, Candidiasis or yeast overgrowth syndrome often leads to depression, forgetfulness, constipation, inability to concentrate, and many other undesired symptoms. Candida is yeast present in the gut and vaginal tract. When stable, its presence is perfectly compatible with optimal health.

However, when destabilized, often due to poor diet, use of antibiotics, birth control pills, or steroids, Candida can grow out of control and wreak havoc on our overall health. Take a look at your tongue. If you have a white film covering your tongue, whether thin or thick, you may have Candida overgrowth.

Your doctor or an environmental health doctor can help you determine if you have Candidiasis, and provide a viable treatment to stabilize your gut health.

Small intestinal yeast overgrowth (Candidiasis)

Small intestinal yeast overgrowth (Candidiasis) can cause the following symptoms. For example, sadness, anxiety, tenseness, fearfulness, panic attacks, irritability, depressed mood, inability to think clearly or concentrate.

Other symptoms include fogginess, mood swings, learning difficulties, restlessness, poor coping skills, mental fatigue, poor memory, difficulty in finding the right words, numbness, and tingling, decreased coordination, balance problems and unsteadiness, skins problems, OCD, recurrent vaginal yeast infections, and many other symptoms. It’s unbelievable how many symptoms an intestinal yeast overgrowth can cause.

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) is another cause of many of the symptoms associated with depression. Do you feel chronic fatigue, oversleep, have no motivation, and wake up feeling unrested? Perhaps you struggle every morning with getting started with your day?

Low thyroid can even cause weight gain, cold hands and feet, facial puffiness in the morning, dry skin, and skin rashes. It’s no fun and many people with low thyroid may feel they have symptoms associated with depression. Be sure to have your thyroid checked before you begin treatment for depression.

Type of treatment to consider before seeking treatment for a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or OCD

First and foremost, you should always determine the underlying cause. Doctors, who primarily follow managed care guidelines, will not know how to effectively test for and treat conditions like Candidiasis. This is because it requires specific skin allergy testing and access to an extract that needs to be administered weekly as one part of the treatment regimen. 

Many will likely prescribe an anti-fungal medication, such as Nystatin to treat the overgrowth.  This may help somewhat, but will not fully treat the problem. The goal for effective Candidiasis treatment is to eliminate the host (environment) and kill the Candida.

Reduce or eliminate your sugar and yeast intake

To eliminate the host, you need to stop feeding it what it loves. You can do this by reducing or eliminating your sugar and yeast intake. Yes, this means, no more pastries, pies, candy bars, cookies, sweetened drinks, or other sweet treats. Reduce the number of products you eat that contain yeast, such as bread, buns, biscuits, meats fried with bread, milk, crackers, flour, pretzels, etc.

To effectively kill Candida it generally requires anti-fungal treatment and the administration of the Candida extract to build your immunity. This can generally be obtained by an environmental health doctor who specializes in treating the condition.

If your symptoms are due to low thyroid, your doctor may prescribe a medication for you to help stabilize your thyroid.


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