You may have heard that abnormal behavior is a symptom that there is a chemical imbalance in the brain but what causes this “chemical imbalance”? If you are concerned about your own unusual behavior or that of your child, there are steps you can take to improve your behavioral health without conventional medication.
What is Abnormal Behavior?
Abnormal behavior is somewhat subjective. What is considered normal for one person or group of people might not be considered acceptable for others. Age, cultural differences, gender, religious affiliation, and childhood upbringing all have a role in shaping individual behavior.
However, when unusual behavior crosses societal boundaries, it can affect the social and personal life of an individual and may cause the person to become a danger to himself or others.
Some examples of unusual behavior might be severe mood swings, obsessive compulsive behaviors, lack of attention to hygiene, missing social cues, hysterical laughter or tears in public, destroying personal property, self-harm, paranoid thinking, substance abuse, and getting into physical or verbal altercations with others.
Causes of Behavioral Health Disorders
One of the things that can be frustrating about the conventional approach to treating behavioral disorders is that it tends to address the symptoms, rather than get to the root cause of the problem. When a person is exhibiting unusual behavior that is so extreme they may become a danger to themselves or others, prescription medication and hospitalization may be an ideal temporary resort.
However, medicating a patient with one or more psychiatric drugs for months or years only serves to keep the person dependent on said medications without really understanding the cause of their problem.
To be able to heal behavioral disorders, it’s important to understand what causes them.
Here are the common causes of behavioral problems:
Learning and Developmental Disorders
One of the primary causes of unusual behavior in both children and adults are learning and behavioral disorders.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects millions of children and adults worldwide and can be very frustrating to live with. People with ADHD have trouble with impulse control and attention and will often talk too loud and too often, be unable to sit still, and have difficulty completing tasks.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a common developmental disorder on the autistic spectrum that presents with a wide array of unusual behaviors. People with this disorder are often very sensitive to their environment. They may have sudden outbursts when touched a certain way or exposed to sounds, colors, tastes or textures that are unpleasant to them. They may have difficulty reading social cues and have little concept of boundaries, personal space or the volume of their voice.
There is a wide belief in the holistic community that the rise in developmental and learning disorders is directly related to a processed food diet and excessive childhood vaccinations.
Mental Health Disorders
Mental health disorders run the gamut from depression to anxiety to bipolar disorder and everything in between. Oftentimes, when a patient presents with paranoid thinking, delusions, severe depression or anxiety, a psychiatrist will recommend pills to stop or decrease the behavior.
Mental health disorders develop as a result of a chemical change in the brain. These chemical changes usually occur after a traumatic event such as childhood abuse or abandonment. Symptoms are often compounded by poor diet, substance abuse, and unhealthy relationships in adulthood.
Physical Health Disorders
Physical health disorders can mimic the symptoms of mental illness and lead to strange behavior. Celiac disease, chronic candida syndrome, and intestinal parasites are the three most common conditions that contribute to unusual behavior in both adults and children.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease characterized by the inability to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. When a person with this common digestive disorder eats gluten, inflammation occurs in the intestines and the body cannot successfully absorb nutrients from food. Nutrient deficiencies are a common contributor to abnormal behavior. Gluten also has an opiate-type effect on the brain and can lead to mood swings, brain fog, and learning difficulties.
Chronic Candida Infection
Candida is a type of yeast naturally found in the intestines and vaginal tract. In small amounts, this yeast has no harmful effect on your body. However, when candida yeast grows out of control, it leaks into the bloodstream and brain and cause mood swings, paranoid thinking, irritability, hypersensitivity, depression, and anxiety.
It may surprise you to know that over 50% of the American population is infected with some type of intestinal parasite. Symptoms of intestinal parasites include gurgling intestines, chronic diarrhea, sensory processing disorder, paranoia, rectal itching, chronic sinus problems, and insomnia.
Improve Your Behavioral Health Naturally
Clean Up Your Diet
One of the best ways to improve your health naturally is to clean up your diet. Processed foods contain dangerous chemicals, additives, and sweeteners that are not only devoid of nutritional value but wreck havoc on your neurological health.
Become a label-reader and adopt a new rule that if you can’t pronounce it you won’t eat it. Indulge in healing organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, organic meat, wild-caught fish, eggs, cheese, and healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado. The more healthy foods you consume, the healthier both your brain and body will be.
Get Out in the Sun
A disturbing lie has been perpetuated within the conventional medical community for decades that the sun is out to kill you. It’s really not. Regular sun exposure fills your body with an essential vitamin called vitamin D that millions of people are deficient in. That doesn’t mean you should lie out and bake but fifteen minutes of sun exposure each day can do wonders for both your physical and mental health.
Rid Yourself of Toxins
Another leading contributor to the development of abnormal behaviors is the toxins we bathe in, drink, and inhale each and every day. The toxic poisons in your home could be the hidden cause of your physical and mental health troubles.
Household cleaning products, shampoo, conditioner, make-up, and laundry detergents are loaded with parabens, phthalates, colorants, and fragrances that have been scientifically-proven to destroy neurological health.
Trade in your conventional cleaning products and cosmetics for organic, healthy alternatives. It may be the best thing you’ve ever done for you and your family’s health.
Sleep is highly underrated. Most adults needs at least 7 hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep each night in order to function well. Lack of sleep can lead to irritability, mood swings, learning problems, aggressive behavior, anxiety, and depression.
If you struggle with insomnia, try turning your thermostat down a few degrees before you climb between the sheets. Optimal sleeping temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also ideal to sleep in a completely dark room or slumber with an eye mask. A darkened room signals your body its time to go to sleep and encourages melatonin production, your body’s natural sleep aid.
Magnesium deficiency is another common cause of insomnia and behavioral problems. Magnesium is responsible for regulating neurological health. Adding a chelated magnesium supplement to your diet can help calm your anxiety and help you get some much-needed rest.
Remember, unusual behavior is a symptom, not a disease. Now that you understand a little better about what could be causing your troubling symptoms, you can take natural steps to heal.
If you are currently taking prescription medication, never stop it suddenly as this could be seriously detrimental to your health. Always slowly wean off medication and use complementary therapy with the help of a trusted, open-minded physician.