Our naturopathic approach to mental healthcare
Asking for help is the first and hardest step to take when we are feeling lost and alone. Knowing this, Moontides offers warm, friendly and discreet support to those in need.
A qualified naturopath can help with mild to moderate emotional disturbances and, while there is much we can do through nutrition to help balance food and mood disorders, those suffering more serious conditions may be referred to a Moontides Counsellor.
Mental Health Facts
- Anxiety and depression are commonly a result of psychological stress
- Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression.
- The onset of depression usually occurs in early adulthood.
- A unipolar disorder involves depression only and is more common than bipolar disorders.
- Panic attacks are associated with agoraphobia, which is a fear of being out in the open or leaving home.
- Agoraphobia usually occurs following a panic attack and may cycle into depression.
- Neurotransmitters are natural brain chemicals that influence our mood and behaviour.
- Vitamins and minerals are required for the correct conversion and balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as tryptophan, serotonin and dopamine.
- Serotonin is a neurotransmitter.
- Low concentrations of serotonin are strongly associated with mood disorders, depression and suicide.
- Protein, fat and carbohydrate content can influence cognitive ability, mood, and energy levels.
- Skipping meals can cause low blood sugar levels resulting in tiredness, irritability and confusion.
- Low levels of folate have been associated with depression.
- Research indicates that omega-3 may influence serotonin effectiveness in the brain.
- Depressive symptoms are significantly higher among people who eat fish infrequently.
- Omega 3’s must be derived from foods because the body cannot produce its own supply.
- Fish (particularly deep-sea fish) are an excellent source of omega 3’s.
- It is believed that ancient diets had close to equal ratios of omega 3’s and omega 6’s.
- Modern Western diets have a ratio of about 1:25.
- Herbs like St John’s wort are beneficial in mild to moderate cases of depression.
- In trials involving 15,000 St John’s wort users, it was proved to be as effective as the antidepressant drugs, including Prozac.
A qualified naturopath can liaise with your GP and provide therapies to help with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Moontides offers referrals for counselling, psychotherapy and support groups. Seeking help for mental health is often the hardest step to take. It is also the most important step.
At Moontides, your NCM will ask detailed questions about your diet, lifestyle, general health condition and any medications you are taking, including conventional antidepressants.
This information will be used to guide your treatments and support you along the way. You will receive a personal handbook containing your treatment strategy, lifestyle advice, a diet diary together with a symptoms chart to record your feedback and the progress of your treatment.
Together, we will support you to work through life’s challenges.