A long time ago, I encountered a woman on the internet. She and I disagreed about almost everything, and were usually at odds with each other, but she shared a personal story that made an impression on me. She was a very high achieving career woman, and basically a cheerful person. And then, when she was in her 30’s, her personality changed, for no apparent reason. She became so grouchy and irritable and difficult to deal with that at one point, her husband walked out on her, because he just did not know how to cope with the strange new person she had become. It turned out that she had cancer. Apparently, cancer sucks all the sugar from your body? Or so this woman said. She attributed the change in her personality to the cancer. Her husband stood by her and took care of her through her illness, she recovered, and her personality recovered as well. It was her belief that physical/brain chemistry is in play far more often than psychologists realize.
I am reminded of her story as I continue my journey with Vitamin D3 and probiotics. I feel like I am waking up from a bad dream. I just learned through an internet search that being deficient in Vitamin D3 is associated not only with depression, but with schizophrenia as well. We hardly ever hear psychologists talk about this. I don’t want to be too hard on psychologists: I have met a couple of them who were wonderful. But, too often, it seems as though psychologists are more interested in finding someone to blame than they are in treating the problem. Some will blame your parents for your depression. Some will blame you, but what if it isn’t anyone’s fault? To me, being depressed is like having a bad headache. When someone has a headache, we don’t blame them for it, and we don’t blame their family either. So why do we look for people to blame when it comes to depression?
If I were a psychologist, the first thing I would do with every client would be to send them for a checkup and run blood tests to make sure that they were physically healthy. After that, I would advise them to take a pro biotic for mood. It might not help, but pro biotics won’t hurt you. Why is this not standard for those who seek mental health treatment?