There are a few diagnostic labels under the umbrella of Emotional & Behavioural Disorder (EBD), such as Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional-Defiant Disorder (ODD), Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) amongst others. Although it is helpful to the child or adult and the family to receive a diagnosis and follow medication prescription and construct social network support, the use of medications does not come without undesirable side effects and “labelling” can potentially induce poor self-image and social pressure for the individual.
Each of us has innate biochemical factors which influence personality, behaviour, mental health, immune function, allergic tendencies, etc.
Our emotional well-being and behavioural habits are largely an expression of the acitivities and interplay of an array of brain chemicals.
According to the researches performed by the Walsh Institute, the following are the common biochemical patterns that can adversely impact the balance of brain chemicals and contribute to emotional and behavioural difficulties:
Nutritional therapies have been beneficial in addressing these imbalances and create positively changes to one’s emotional and behavioural well-being.
Central nervous system (Brain and Spinal Cord) is enclosed and protected by the skull and spine. The rhythmic movement of the skull and spine along with our breathing is intrinsically linked to the communication within our nervous system. Cranial-sacral imbalance caused by tension or torsion in the central skeletal structures can be related to developmental delay, Retained Neonatal Reflexes, brain chemicals imbalance and suboptimal breathing patterns.
External environmental factors include exposure to toxicity from heavy metals, fertilizers, pesticides, synthetic chemicals including plastic, pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, food additives, flavourings and colourings. We can develop sensitivity, intolerance, allergy to particular food and other natural substances. Chronic parasitic, fungal, bacterial and viral infections can disturb our internal environment, which refers to our gut flora, integrity of the intestinal wall and the delicate balance among our neurological, hormonal and immune systems.
Any disharmony or dysfunction at school, at work, and at home can contribute to our emotional stress. Unresolved social and emotional stresses impact our cognitive ability, influence our self-image and self-confidence, and can change our outlook in life.
‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’