Mood Swings – Nutrition for Health and Wellness

-Dr. Conan J. Shaw, Nutritionist - Pittsburgh, PA

It is common to treat patients for mood swings using nutrition and diet change. In my years of clinical experience, I have found that the most common reason people suffer with mood changes is from hormone related imbalances. Once the reason that the hormones are out of balance is corrected, the mood swings generally subside on their own.

Less prevalent than hormone shifting but also common in my practice are mood changes associated with a pervasive developmental disorder, A.D.D. OR A.D.H.D. Other mood swings, much more severe in presentation can come from rapid changes in brain chemistry as found in bi-polar disorders. I often use hair testing to rule out toxic metal syndromes and blood sugar analysis for evaluating low blood sugars.

If your mood swings seem to be hormonal in nature, blood tests for hormones are not always accurate for identifying a problem. This can make diagnosing functional hormone changes tricky. In this case, we will often use salivary hormone assessment to identify where the problem is within the cycle. I specialize in working with these functional changes in your body to correct the cause of the symptoms and remove the presence of abnormal hormone responses.

In working with a nutritionist you will hear the word "functional" quite a bit. What we are referring to is that not all problems show up in your blood work, and there may be a more subtle change in your system that is not bad enough to raise the red flags for your medical doctor. Hormones are a perfect example:

It is important to note that when your medical history and health related goals are explored, that consultation is held directly with Dr. Shaw, not an untrained individual, a questionnaire or a computer program.

I look forward to working with you directly to identify where your mood swings are coming from. --Dr. Conan Shaw