with a lovely and well-mannered 19 year old male back in May 2019.
He had dropped out of final year of school twice due to social anxiety which developed 2 years previous to his visit. He was very keen to return back to school in Sept 2019.
Through consulting with John, and gathering information from a questionnaire, some of the symptoms this young man presented with included:
- Poor stress control
- High irritability and temper
- Periods of depression
- Obsession with negative thoughts
- Social isolation
- Poor short term memory and poor concentration (especially for studying)
- Extreme mood swings and outbursts
- Severe anxiety - typically social anxiety
- Joint pains
- Tendency to stay up late
- Disrupted sleep patterns and circadian rhythm
John had a very supportive mother, who is a nutritional therapist and already provided her family with home-cooked nutritious meals. Therefore, I could focus on a more targeted approach by running a number of tests.
Testing showed John had a number of underlying biochemical imbalances. Some results showed John was low in vital nutrients for brain health (such as vitamin D), it also showed he was high in certain markers indicating a reduced capacity to produce and maintain neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin) in the synapse of the brain.
As a result, I could recommend an advanced nutrient therapy protocol. Within a month John and his mother started to see improvements. Here is feedback from John’s mother:
After 1 month
‘The changes are small but I feel he is definitely more even-tempered..
He also feels that his low moods are not nearly as bad or as regular as they used to be. He says he still finds himself thinking negative thoughts about himself, but it is more short-lived and not as bad..’
After 2 months
'It is hard to believe things can turn around so
He has made great improvements with regards to socializing.
John is doing very well. I wouldn't find him to be overly concerned about going back to school. He has started going out for a few drinks with his friends
He hasn't had an angry outbursts for quite some time now.
As mentioned previously he used to have a lot of joint pain and that is no longer an issue
He is now in a very different place to where he was five months ago. It
is hard to believe things can turn around so drastically. I would in general
find him to be a much happier guy. We appreciate all your help.
After 3 months
' This is more than we ever expected.. I just want to say what a complete success the [program] has been'
'John returned to school and is doing fine. He is not showing any signs of anxiety and seems to be making a good effort to mix with others.
He is even considering going in at the weekend to study as he finds it hard to work at home.
He has never studied before saying he couldn't concentrate.
There is no sign of anxiety at all and his sleep is back to normal (after about 3 years of upset nights). This is more than we ever expected. He is more focused than I have ever seen him. It is hard to believe that we have gone through what we did.
What is Next?
Next month we will retest in order to minimise and tweak John's program. I will continue to monitor John's progress particularly around more stressful periods such as exam time.
What were the Underlying Imbalances?
Due to the steady improvements within one month and the symptoms John had been showing, in my experience, I believe that addressing high pyrrole levels and low B6 could have been the key intervention.
Will This Work for Everyone?
Finding the underlying imbalance is the key, as it is NOT the same for everyone. How quickly someone responds is not the same, it can take up to 6 months with some clients to get results. There is a huge link between the gut and the brain, oftentimes addressing gut inflammation or imbalances can have a huge impact on brain health.
Coaching and behavioural change therapy, stress management techniques, exercise, nutrition, addressing gut health and/or biochemical imbalances.. will all play a role in an individual’s recovery, some individuals may need to address more of these key areas than the next.
We are all different and that is the beauty of Nutritional Therapy – it is personalised nutrition – no one diet fits all.Contact Ciara for more information 087 7731373