If you are feeling ‘crazy’, which as a woman is not an unfamiliar thing to hear, it’s more likely that you have some mental health issues. It is common that we use broad labels to deny or plaster over real issues. And that stops us from dealing with them. I was 24 years old when I finally admitted (only to myself) that I had anxiety. I had been labelled as ‘fiery’, ‘crazy’, ‘enthusiastic’, ‘easily excited’. The truth was that I was severely anxious. It then took me until now, age 35/turning 36 to actually go public with my anxiety. And as a so-called fiery person, who is usually very quick at doing stuff and making decisions, my confession of mental health issues wasn’t congruent with my so-called constitution/personality. Perhaps the reality is that I’m not all fire, it’s the anxiety that makes me behave in a fiery way. That is to say, I developed that kind of behaviour as a coping mechanism. And even today that can be my default behavioural pattern: get upset, get angry. If I can be really honest and vulnerable with myself then I can stop myself and admit that I am anxious, and by doing that it completely changes how I respond to a situation. Admitting to yourself, not denying what’s really going on, and working with that can REALLY HELP to change behaviour that we’ve developed, which is ultimately not serving us (see my video and blog on recognising triggers)
So lets get down to the facts. If you are feeling crazy you may actually be suffering from any of the below (and possibly a number of many other pathologies).
- Low mood or depression
- Magnesium deficiency
- B vitamin deficiency
- Pre-menstrual tension/ stress which is actually hormone imbalance
- Have unresolved trauma
- Experiencing stress
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sleep deprived
- Over worked
I did a 10 day series of videos on Facebook and You Tube on individual herbs to help with mental health issues – please watch them and share them if you think they may be helpful to other people with mental health issues. It began with the one above on anxiety, my own anxiety.
All subsequent blog posts contain practical information about how to use herbs and supplements to alleviate mental health issues.