As we continue the conversation around wellness, I want to talk about mental wellness. For most of my young adolescent and adult life, I have struggled in some way with mental illness. This topic can be hard to talk about for some, and it is so important for us to be knowledgeable about the causes and effects of mental illness.
Some of the topics I will address might be a trigger for some. Please know that there are resources available for you. I will also link my contact information at the bottom of this blog and I will be an added resource to you. Please do not be ashamed or hesitate to reach out.
In short form, I have used many resources and plans of action in order to “deal” with my mental illness. I use that work and put it in quotations, because that used to be my mindset around my depression and debilitating anxiety. I wanted to deal with it and get it over with. I tried any medications that were prescribed to me, I tried a handful of different talk therapists and psychiatrists. I would “get better” for a few months, and then I would fall back into my depression and constant anxiety.
It got to a point in my young adult life that I decided I did not want to deal with it anymore. I did not want to live on this earth anymore. I was seconds away from ending my own life when a wave came over me that told me to call my mom. So I did. I told her everything I had been feeling and within minutes, she was at my front door. I don’t know what entity came over me, but I am so thankful that it did.
Fast forward a few years, I found a medication that worked for me and a therapist that I could be open and honest with. On one hand, I felt that my life was taking a turn for the good. On the other hand, I knew there had to be another way. I felt frustrated that I had to rely on a pill to keep me level headed. As much as I was told that this was just the way I was born, I did not want to believe it. I struggled with this thought. In my gut, I knew this was not true.
In a bout of depression, a very good friend of mine reached out and practically begged me to go see a chiropractor. I had been in the past for pain management, so I was unsure of how a chiropractor could help with depression. I was again at the end of my rope, and I wanted to find anything that would work, preferably something that was not a pill.
To make another long story short, I found a chiropractor and went to my first few appointments. In the first meeting, I knew that this was going to be different. I found someone who actually listened to what was going on with me and assured me that I was not born with a mental illness and that there were holistic ways to manage what was going on. I got several adjustments over the course of a few weeks and just like a lightbulb turns on, I could feel my brain turning back on. I could feel my body pulsating with life again. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. In that moment, I knew that I had found something special.
Now today, I have not only chosen chiropractic as a modality to my healing journey, I have also chosen chiropractic as my profession. I know that I am not alone in the battles I have been faced with. I want to help as many people as possible in the area of holistic mental health healing.
Some may still be asking how a chiropractic adjustment can facilitate healing for depression and anxiety. Chiropractic has actually been facilitating healing for mental challenges since its conception in 1895. Mental health challenges are going to be associated with the reduced ability to adapt to the ever changing environments and stimuli. When you are subluxated, your brain and your body lose communication. You are unable to process the signals being sent to your brain and your body. This might be seen as a brain fog, confusion, inability to deal with stress, feeling overwhelmed. When you get a proper adjustment to remove a subluxation, you remove the interference and you are better able to adapt to a life stressor or a seemingly dooming situation.
The easiest way to remember this is understanding that the brain does not exist without the body and the body does not exist without the brain. They work as one, and when one is misaligned, the other will not function properly. A healthy mind and a healthy body are able to coalesce and function to adapt in order to progress a person forward in life. This usually does not need any outside resources, as in medications or pills, in order to do so. Your body was made to adapt, as long as the neurology within your spine is aligned properly and you are taking care of yourself physically and mentally.
I am very passionate about being a voice and advocate for anyone who struggles with any kind of mental struggles. It took me 10 years to find a doctor (who is a chiropractor) who would actually listen to me and my story. I do not want the same for someone else. This is just the beginning of this conversation for me. I will continue to talk about this and I will continue to stand for the fact that there is another way to heal, and it does not include pills or the idea that you were “just born that way”.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or you want to talk about this topic further, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can and want to be a resource for you.
Stay Weird, Speak Truth, Love Fully,
Kylie at The Legendary Chiropractor