Chronic stress can damage the brain and cause health issues, such as:
- anxiety and depression
- panic attacks
- restlessness and insomnia
- physical aches and pains
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Being under the care of an understanding therapist or even in companionship with a compassionate and empathic friend, can be an effective tool in helping to make long term behavioral changes that will reprogram the amygdala over time. This reprograming will help eliminate the stress response down to the subconscious level and things that were triggers in the past will be handled with an appropriate response rather than an anxious, stress response. However, there are cases where the anxiety is so severe that therapy alone will not heal the brain.When under stress, the brain will create an imbalance in it’s production of neurotransmitters, namely serotonin and GABA. GABA is a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect and serotonin is the happy hormone.The presence of these two neurotransmitters in the brain creates a calming and organizing effect. It allows us to let go of stressful situations more easily once the issue is resolved. GABA and serotonin supplements may help in treating such an imbalance. It is recommended to first try one to see if there is a positive effect. It not, it is recommended to try the other or both.
While supplementing GABA and serotonin can help heal the brain, there also needs to be psychological healing in addition to the supplements. When dealing with anxiety and depression there may be an underlying issue on a psychological level. Re-living emotions that trigger depression and anxiety can be terrifying. Supplementing GABA and serotonin can help ease some of this fear and make it more bearable to face painful emotions.
In order for the supplements and therapy to have the most powerful effect, it is important to give the brain all the tools it needs to heal. Finding out if you have any food sensitivities and eliminating them from your diet, improving blood sugar if it needs it, and eliminating metal toxins will all aid in healing and balancing the brain.