Mental health is a touchy topic that everyone seems to dance around.
There is a connection to mental health and undermethylation and when I began to understand what the connection was it brought freedom.
Anyone with a history of OCD or impulse control behavior knows the pain of being a prisoner to thoughts. Those thoughts come on strong and sometimes we are not able to find the strength to overcome them. They become king in our lives.
Perfectionism is no different. That ugly friend stops you from moving forward with the tiniest task. Always asking if things are good enough, what changes can be made, until your chasing your tail on the same task for an hour that should have taken 5 minutes.
In my writing today I want to focus on mental health as it pertains to neurotransmitters and other chemicals in the body. I realize there are other aspects to mental health such as a history of abuse, trauma, spiritual aspects and bad thought patterns. Today I am solely focusing on Serotonin and Dopamine and their role in our thinking.
As a child, I struggled horribly with OCD thoughts. They reigned supreme in all of my decisions. My collections had to be stacked perfectly, which foot should I step into the room with, I have to touch this everytime I walk by. You get the idea. It was a painful prison to live in and it brings back the temptation of shame just thinking about it.
It wasn’t just OCD that I battled it was also compulsive thoughts. I resorted to hair pulling and skin picking. Somehow I felt it calmed my inner world like nothing else could. Part of me wanted to stop but It didn’t seem like it was in my control to give it up.
I also couldn’t tell the difference between fiction and reality. I know this sounds ridiculous to the average person but for someone dealing with this, it’s very difficult. Like when you have a dream your alarm goes off and you wake up confused. Your dream and your real life were merged together for a short time. Fiction and my reality blended together and it was very hard to separate them.
Anxiety and depression were not far behind. That dark cloud that always seemed to hang around in my thoughts was an unwanted friend.
It wasn’t until I was older and really digging into my health that I found a connection to mental health and undermethylation. How chemically speaking my brain was low on serotonin and high on copper which seems to be more common in females.Copper and estrogen are closely linked. Estrogen dominance often means high copper levels.
This actually changed my thoughts and made it really difficult for rational thinking to come save the day.
Many individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses have severe undermethylation which is associated with dangerously low serotonin activity. -Dr.Albert Mensah
Some conditions associated with undermethylation are OCD obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, oppositional-defiant disorder, competitiveness, bulimia, anorexia, impulsivity (gambling/shopping disorders, etc), depression, schizoaffective disorder, and delusions. (1)
Treatment for these mental issues was primarily using nutritional therapies. I am not referring to eating a salad when I say nutritional therapies. There are trained doctors who are using pinpointed vitamins and minerals to raise serotonin levels in the brain and help give people control of their thoughts. This is not a one size fits all, pop a pill and fix everything. It’s a process of lowering histamine levels, supporting methylation and lowering copper.
Supporting basic mental health and undermethylation isn’t a huge mountain to climb. The following links are affiliate links for the items that have been life changing. For me personally, taking the right methylated B vitamins, zinc and glutathione gave my body the boost it needs to start thinking clearly. I can only speak for myself as I am not a physician that is trained to diagnose.
Eating clean foods free of toxins, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and pesticides allows my body to use its energy in a more efficient way. When we have a lifestyle of alcohol, junk food, and toxins we are using all of our methyl groups for cleaning out toxins.
Drinking clean water free of heavy metals and fluoride greatly reduces the toxic load on your system. We use this filter to ensure our water is completely free of metals and chemicals.
Every little bit helps… clean water, clean food, proper vitamins, and minerals. Each step reduces toxins and allows your body to rebuild and repair. Everyone deserves to be mentally free and full of energy. Mental health and undermethylation is a connection to strong to ignore.