Diagnosed with a mental health condition? Find out why...A second opinion could save your life
Depression, anxiety, irritability, hallucinations, cognitive changes, psychosis——all of these psychological disorders and more are skyrocketing across the nation. Either Americans as a whole are going crazy, or there’s more to this phenomenon than meets the eye.
Ask most psychiatrists, and they’ll tell you that 99.99 percent of mental illnesses start in your brain——that they’re the result of imbalances in your brain chemicals. Ask me, and I’ll tell you that most psychiatrists wouldn’t know a mental disorder from a hole in the ground.
Yes, a true psychological condition does originate in the brain, but true mental illnesses are few and far between. What often is diagnosed as a mental condition is really a medical condition in disguise. In fact...
More than 100 medical disorders can be?misdiagnosed as a psychological condition
Is it depression... or diabetes?
Anxiety... or anaphylactic shock?
Irritability... or infection?
Cognitive changes... or chemical imbalance?
Believe it or not, medical conditions like these are the underlying cause of mental health issues in 25 percent of psychiatric patients, and they can contribute to mental health issues in more than 75 percent of psychiatric patients.
Is it any wonder why Big Pharma’s anti-depressant drugs are so pathetically ineffective? By treating depression like a one-size-fits-all problem, they’re missing the mark completely. And until you get a proper diagnosis, the REAL reason for your symptoms goes undetected and untreated.
When mental disorders aren’t?“all in your head”
The obvious question at this point: If it’s not a mental disorder, then what’s really going on? A few possible medical causes include iron deficiency and anemia, weakened adrenal function, food sensitivities, deficiency in omega-3s, and low levels of magnesium.
But it could be the sign of a more serious condition as well——especially if your first bout with depression didn’t occur until you were 55 years old or older. If you fall into that category, then there’s a good chance that the depression is just a warning sign of a more serious medical issue.
Studies have shown that at least one-third of the people who develop depression for the first time after they turn 55 are actually suffering from changes in their brain that can be brought about by hypertension, diabetes, and heart attacks. With biggies like these, depression should be the least of their worries.
First thing’s first: Focus on getting your blood pressure and blood sugar levels back to normal and when you do, your mood will return to normal too. Two birds, one stone.
Don’t panic... ?You’re not going crazy after all
All the signs are there: nervousness, anxiety, irritability, exhaustion, apathy, paranoia, panic attacks... These are the telltale signs of anxiety, neurosis, psychosis, and other similar psychiatric disorders. And without the proper testing——and a doctor who takes the time to detect a true medical condition——that’s exactly how you’ll be diagnosed.
But any doctor worth his salt knows that these are also the telltale signs of an overactive thyroid. When your thyroid is overactive, it produces too much thyroid hormone, which in turn can increase your metabolism and heart rate.
Along with the physical symptoms of this disorder (lower leg swelling, changes in vision, heat intolerance, etc.), it’s extremely common for people to experience mental symptoms as well.
A simple thyroid test should tell you if you fall into this category or not. If you do, you can start working with your doctor to get your thyroid back on track.
Another condition that doctors often overlook is an overactive parathyroid gland. A parathyroid adenoma can ruin your life, and you may be diagnosed as a helpless neurotic. A simple blood test for parathyroid may save you from disaster.
Don’t settle for conveyor belt medicine
Blatant misdiagnoses like these are yet another sad product of modern medicine’s conveyor-belt mentality. You’re not a patient; you’re a number. You don’t have a disease; you have a dollar sign. More patients = more money.
Well I don’t work that way——and you shouldn’t put up with any doctor who does.
It’s your primary care doctor’s responsibility to spot a medical issue, yet they spend too little time with their patients to accurately diagnose them. The same goes for psychiatrists. These days they’re little more than prescription-writing lackeys.
That conveyor belt is just the beginning of a predictable cycle of mood-altering drugs and countless hours of psychobabble. Months can go by (years, even) and you never get better——because you never had a mental disorder to begin with.
Hop off that conveyor belt and take action today. Here’s how to start...
Here’s what to do:
In order to determine if your mental condition is medical or psychological, ask yourself these questions:
• Was my first bout with depression after 55 years old?
• Have the changes in my mood or personality been sudden?
• Have I experienced significant changes in my weight, energy, appetite, or sleep?
• Are standard antidepressants ineffective?
• Have I recently been exposed to infections?
• Do I have a history of head trauma?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you should see your doctor to determine if there’s a medical cause for your depression. Take a look at the checklist below to help point you (and your doctor) in the right direction.
The diagnosis: DEPRESSION
Possible underlying medical reasons: underactive thyroid; low vitamin D, B12, or folate; diabetes, hormonal changes, heart disease; Lyme disease; lupus; head trauma; sleep disorders; cancer and cancer drugs.
The diagnosis: ANXIETY
Possible underlying medical reasons: overactive thyroid; respiratory problems; very low blood pressure; concussion; anaphylactic shock.
The diagnosis: IRRITABILITY
Possible underlying medical reasons: Brain injury; temporal lobe epilepsy; Alzheimer’s disease; parasitic infection; hormonal changes.
The diagnosis: COGNITIVE CHANGES
Possible underlying medical reasons: Brain injury or infection; Alzheimer’s; Parkinson’s; liver failure; mercury or lead poisoning.