When considering treatment it’s also important to work to minimize less well-studied exposures like the 80,000 toxic substances in commercial and industrial use in this country. Start with your food by prioritizing organic produce, meat, and dairy. Think about the plastics you eat and drink from, never heat them, and discard those with 3,6,7 on the bottom. Monitor your personal care products for parabens, “fragrance”, sodium lauryl sulfate, and petroleum. Filter your water and your air. Sleep with your cell phone away from your body and say goodbye to that nutrient-zapping microwave – buy some glass cookware on eBay and start using that stove top.
How will you know if you need help? If you have a history of mood or anxiety symptoms, make sure you have a specialized MD and/or therapist in mind to contact. Make arrangements for support so you can take a half hour to walk outside or exercise. If you feel that your mood is flat, you feel agitated or out of control of your thoughts, or are having trouble sleeping, reach out.
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