• Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson’s Disease And Mental Health

    Parkinson’s Disease This is a mental health condition that affects 10 million people worldwide and 60,000 people yearly in America alone. Parkinson’s is a nervous system disorder that can affect movement, cause tremors, shakes and restlessness. It is common to see tremors in the hands first. There is a slowing of movement, of speech and gait muscle rigidity and confusion is also attributed. It is thought that low dopamine levels are associated with this disease. Let’s take a look at the medications used to treat this mental health disorder. Levadopa For Parkinson’s Levadopa is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. It synthesizes and increases dopamine in the brain. Levadopa helps…

  • ADHD

    Could The Problem Be ADHD?

    ADHD ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some people may have ADD instead without being hyperactive, but many physicians look at the two as one condition. ADHD is more common in active males, and ADD is more common in quiet females. Symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, poor time management skills, poor concentration, trouble multitasking, easy frustration, and more. If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from ADHD/ADD you may want to consider medications. Let’s take a look at the list of medications for this condition. Stimulants for ADHD Stimulant medications are the most commonly prescribed drug for this condition. These medications work by increasing…

  • Schizoaffective

    All About Schizoaffective Disorder

    Schizoaffective Schizoaffective is a disorder with psychotic features just like schizophrenia. The difference here it is accompanies a mood disorder like depression or bipolar. A Schizoaffective disorder diagnoses is a mental illness that is even less common than schizophrenia. At approximately 0.5% of the world population suffering. Schizoaffective is more difficult to treat with psychiatric medications. They combine different medications to alleviate symptoms. Let’s take a look at the medications used for schizoaffective disorder. Antipsychotics forSchizoaffective Disorder Antipsychotic medications are prescribed for psychotic disorders including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. They are also used for people with autism. They work on chemicals in the brain that can affect psychosis, such as…

  • Schizophrenia: The Best Conventional Practices

    Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is characterized as a psychotic disorder. Psychotic disorders are those that deal with delusional thinking and or hallucinations as core symptoms. Some other psychotic disorders include schizoaffective disorder and psychotic depression. Schizophrenia can be debilitating and is thought of as one of the most severe mental health conditions. It is not the most common mental illness, which makes it extremely difficult for others to understand. Approximately 1% of the worldwide population suffers from schizophrenia. This equals about 20 million sufferers. Approximately 3.2 million are Americans. If you or a loved go to visit a physician for your condition you are likely to be directed to a psychiatrist. From…

  • Depression

    Is Depression Bringing You Down?

    About Depression Depression is a mood disorder that affects many people. Its symptoms can range from lack of motivation, low moods, lack of concentration, apathy, social withdrawal to despair. Antidepressants are medications that are helpful in some people with depression. SSRI’s Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants. The work on the brain inhibits the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This is thought to increase levels of serotonin in the brain. This neurotransmitter is involved with happiness and mood. SSRIs include: fluoxetine / Prozacsertraline / Zoloftcitalopram / Celexaescitalopram / Lexaproparoxetine / Paxilfluvoxamine / Luvox CAUTIONMay Come with Side Effects Common side effects of SSRIs…

  • Overmethylation

    Signs Of Overmethylation

    Overmethylation Symptoms There are many mental health traits and symptoms that are present in people with over methylation. Some of these include: Improvement after folate therapyAdverse reaction to SSRI medicationsArtistic and musical abilitiesnervous legs such as restlessness and pacingHyperactivityLow sex driveSleep disordersHigh anxiety and panic attacksUnderachievement in schoolHigh pain toleranceAdverse reaction to methyl donors such as SAMe and MethionineNon-competitiveFood and chemical sensitivitiesEstrogen IntoleranceImprovement after BenzodiazepinesNo seasonal allergies Overmethylated people have high-anxiety depression that worsens after SSRI treatment. Abram Hoffer used folic acid therapy in his practice. Overmethylated people thrive on folic acid, where undermethylated patients get worse. Overmethylated people thrive on folic acid because folic acid increases the gene expression…

  • UnderMethylated

    Undermethylation And The Best Treatments

    Undermethylation Symptoms Undermethylation is a mental health condition. Mental health symptoms can arise from being undermethylated. Some of these symptoms for conditions such as depression and schizoaffective disorder (among others) include: DelusionsPerfectionismSeasonal AllergiesHigh accomplishmentSuicidalAddictionsPhobiasPeptic UlcersDenial of IllnessAttempt to hide the illnessObsessions & compulsionsAdverse reaction to Folic AcidLow pain toleranceStrong-willedSelf-motivatedCalm but inner tensionHeadachesPoor concentrationSocial IsolationRitualisticRuminations Undermethylated people who are prone to depression may sometimes improve after SSRIs and have good responses to antihistamines. They do not do well with benzodiazepines, a typical type of anti-anxiety medication. What Can Help? The nutrients Methionine and SAMe can help undermethylated people that suffer from mental illness. These two are natural serotonin reuptake inhibitors. This…

  • Methylation

    The Targeted Approach: Methylation Therapy

    Methylation Therapy Methylation therapy for mental health, like found in the Epigenetics theory of healing, has determined that nutrient therapy can be beneficial to mental health. One form of nutrient therapy is Methylation therapy. This is the use of certain nutrients, in optimal dosages, for the specific individual symptoms and traits. There are one of two outcomes for methylation therapy. These are: 1.) uncoiling DNA from histones to enhance and increase gene expression. 2.) A tighter compact of DNA and histones to actually reduce expression. For every drug that benefits a patient, there are natural substances that can produce the same effect. – Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD, PhD Epigentics has…

  • Neurotransmitters

    Neurotransmitters Play A Role In Mental Health

    What are Neurotransmitters? Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that allow our neurons to communicate with each other throughout the brain and body. They are essential in the firing of synapses and neurons. They work to balance and regulate many aspects of mental health. Some of these aspects include mood regulation, sleep patterns, hormones, energy levels, alertness, and more. List of major neurotransmitters: Serotonin:regulates mood, social behavior, appetite, healthy gut/digestion, memory, healthy sleep patterns as well as a healthy sexual functioning. Mainstream medicine has linked low serotonin to depression. Serotonin may also help with anxiety, phobias, antisocial behavior and eating disorders. You may find that most antidepressant medications work by stimulating serotonin in the…

  • Epigenetics

    How To Be Your Best With Epigenetics

    Epigenetics Epigenetics is any process that alters gene activity and expression without changing the DNA sequence. There are different types of epigenetic processes. Some of the major ones include methylation, acetylation, phosphorylation, ubiquitylation, and sumolyation. It is likely that other processes will be revealed as research and studies proceed. Epigenetic processes are natural and essential to many organism functions. The thing is if they are occuring improper, there can be adverse health and behavioral effects. Many of these health concerns relate to mental health. With research, we know that the chemical reactions and environment that starts in the womb can determine which genes get expressed and which get silenced in…