In my holistic mental health practice, I have been seeing a lot of teenagers struggling with depression and anxiety. This post is for parents who might be concerned about their family history of mental illness and are wondering what preventative measures they can take to help their children avoid depression and anxiety. Here are a few tips:
- Choose not to vaccinate. Vaccines contain toxins and heavy metals that may spark depression or anxiety in kids that have the genetic mutation MTHFR, which inhibits normal detoxification. I have seen many teens who had been recently vaccinated (especially with HPV) that are struggling with sudden-onset depression. Hair tests confirm an overload of mercury or aluminum.
- Avoid antibiotics. There are several natural and effective antibiotic alternatives that can be used instead (oregano oil, collidial silver, etc.). My own struggle with severe long-term depression was sparked by taking daily antibiotics for acne, combined with antidepressants. Antibiotics kill all of the beneficial bacterial in the gut. As we know, 80% of serotonin is made in the gut.
- Supplement with Vitamin C and probiotics as needed.
- Avoid food with synthetic folic acid. This ingredient is found in “enriched” flour products such as crackers, spaghetti, bread, and other processed foods.
- Avoid dairy, soy, and products with artificial colors and sweeteners. These have all been linked to mood disorders.
- Avoid fluoride in toothpaste, water, and at the dentist. (Also avoid getting any mercury fillings.) Fluoride is a known neurotoxin and can impact mood, especially in developing brains.
- Encourage and validate your child’s strengths and gifts. Make sure sensitive children know this is a gift of compassion that may be used to help others, and not something to be covered up or hidden. Reframing qualities that are not highly encouraged in today’s society does a lot to help combat societal pressure on sensitive children. (Look up rainbow children.)
- Find a holistic pediatrician.
If your teen is struggling with depression and anxiety, I offer Skype sessions to offer an orthomolecular approach (vitamins, minerals and amino acids) that can be used in place of medication. To set-up an appointment, visit my website at http://www.Holisticdepressioncoach.com or e-mail me at HolisticHP@gmail.com.
Judy Meyer, HHP, NHC
San Diego, CA