Please note: The suggested help for mood disorders in this section is not intended for people with serious psychiatric disorders and is not a recommendation for treatment.
It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not a substitute for medical    advice or treatment for specific, medical conditions.
Please seek qualified, medical advice before taking any supplements for specific or serious health  issues.
Remember, don’t be tempted to take large doses of anything or make sudden drastic changes to your  diet, your regime won’t work any quicker, or better. Use the supplement regime section for suggestions. Refer to the mood tree graphic section for a comprehensive list of symptoms.

Note: Information listed under "Other possible helpers", in green font, indicates factors which are well        documented to have an important, positive influence on mood and emotional well being.

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Aggressive behaviour
Associated with high dopamine and noradrenaline, ongoing ailments, blood sugar fluctuations,
food and chemical allergens and intolerances,
high testosterone, high homocysteine levels.
Suggested helpers
Ensure good sleeping routines.
B complex, in particular B1, B2, B6, B12 and folic acid.
See raising serotonin which may also help.
Remove all processed and junk foods from the diet and consult the E-Numbers page.
EFA's (omega 3 oils) and vitamin C can also help with this problem.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anger (unwarranted)
Associated with high noradrenaline.
Possible triggers are high homocysteine levels, blood sugar fluctuations, ongoing ailments,
food and chemical allergies and intolerances.
Suggested helpers
Ensure good sleeping routines.
Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, E and C. The minerals calcium, chromium and only in some cases,
magnesium and zinc.
Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid can help if high homocysteine is the problem.
Avoid high sugars and carbs if blood sugar is an issue and seek out possible allergens.
See raising serotonin which may also help.
It is essential to remove all processed and junk foods from the diet, also consult the E-Numbers page.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anxiety
Can be caused by many metabolic disorders and health issues such as ongoing ailments,
food and chemical allergens and intolerances.
Suggested helpers
Ensure good sleeping routines.
Vitamins B1, C, Inositol, Omega 3 fish oil incorporating EPA/DHA, Folic Acid and the minerals Calcium and Magnesium.
Avoid excessive caffeine in your diet.
Check for an acidosis condition and high lactic acid levels.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet unless you have been advised by a qualified physician to do otherwise.
Remove all processed and junk foods from the diet and consult the E-Numbers page.
Other possible helpers: Vitamin B3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Crying (tendency to)
Associated with high serotonin and low dopamine levels.
See raising dopamine.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confidence (lack of)
Associated with high serotonin and low dopamine levels.
See raising dopamine.
Suggested helpers
Taken later in the day, modest doses of the B vitamin choline with a little sugar
to help absorption, can create a brighter more outward disposition.
For tips on improving confidence see the relevant section in our ebook
"Understanding Mood And Emotion" which is available on this site.


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlling nature
Associated with low serotonin and high dopamine levels.
Linked to emotional insecurity, schizophrenia and paranoia.
See raising serotonin.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depression (general)
Depression can be triggered by many metabolic disorders and health issues.
Among the most common are ongoing ailments, blood sugar problems, food and chemical allergens and intolerances, energy generation problems and a poor diet.
Suggested helpers
Modest levels of Vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, B12 and folic acid.
In some cases calcium, magnesium and manganese may be useful.
Check for an acidosis condition and high lactic acid levels.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet unless you have been advised by a qualified
physician to do otherwise, and take regular exercise.
See raising serotonin which may also help.
It is important to remove all processed and junk foods from the diet and consult the E-Numbers page.
Address the various sections of this site for help with any suspected health issues.
Other possible helpers: Vitamins B3 and B5.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Despair - Hopelessness - Pessimism
Can be linked to low or exhausted adrenal hormones adrenalin and noradrenaline, high serotonin,
ongoing ailments, blood sugar problems, food and chemical allergens and intolerances,
energy generation problems and a poor diet.
Suggested helpers
Ensure good sleeping routines and avoid excessive sugar and simple carbs in the diet.
Vitamin B6 and moderate levels of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and zinc can all help with
adrenal gland function.The B vitamin choline with a little sugar, may help to improve optimism.
Caffeine used in moderation may be helpful.
Check for an acidosis condition and high lactic acid levels.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet unless you have been advised by a qualified
physician to do otherwise. Try to take regular exercise.
Other possible helpers Vitamins B3 and B5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Frustration (easy)
Associated with anger or irritability.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grumpy cantankerous behaviour
Can be caused by many metabolic disorders and health issues such as
ongoing ailments, food and chemical allergens and intolerances.
Grumpy cantankerous behaviour and irritability can share similar causative factors.
Suggested helpers
Ensure good sleeping routines.
Vitamins B1, C, inositol, and calcium.
Vitamin B6 if mood swings are present.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet unless you have been advised by a qualified
physician to do otherwise.


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hostile Nature
Associated with paranoia and schizophrenia, high testosterone, high homocysteine,
high noradrenaline, blood sugar fluctuations, food and chemical allergens and intolerances.
Suggested helpers
Ensure good sleeping routines.
See raising serotonin which may also help.
It is essential to remove all processed and junk foods from the diet.
Consult the E-Numbers page for reactions to chemical allergens.
Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid can help lower homocysteine levels.
Address the various sections of this site for help with any of the suspected health issues.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humour (lost sense of)
Humour is always lost in the presence of depression, irritability, anxiety and poor
sleeping patterns, but in the absence of these, lecithin or the B vitamin choline with sugars,
vitamins B12 and B12,and in some cases calcium may help.
Can be a symptom of heavy sympathetic nervous system, and low parasympathetic nervous
system activity, in which case blood sugar problems, chemical and food allergens and high homocysteine levels should be checked for.
Ensure good sleeping routines and avoid mentally stressful situations.
Other possible helpers: Vitamin B3.

 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irritability
Often linked to blood sugar fluctuations, ongoing ailments, energy generation problems, a poor diet    and food and chemical allergens and intolerances.
Suggested helpers
Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, but in particular B1. Omega 3 fish oil incorporating EPA/DHA, Inositol, E and C, and the minerals calcium, zinc, copper, and in certain cases chromium and magnesium.
Check for an acidosis condition and high lactic acid levels.
Avoid high sugars and carbs if blood sugar is an issue, and seek out possible allergens.
Remove all processed and junk foods from the diet and consult the E-Numbers page.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet unless you have been advised by a qualified
physician to do otherwise.
Ensure good sleeping routines and try to exercise regularly. Avoid high caffeine intake.
Other possible helpers: Vitamin B3.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Impatience
Can be linked to high dopamine and noradrenaline, food and chemical allergens and intolerances.
Impatience and irritability can share similar causative factors.
Suggested helpers
Vitamin B1, inositol, vitamin C, EFA's (Omega 3), calcium.
Avoid high caffeine intake.
See raising serotonin which may also help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impulsiveness
Closely associated with high dopamine and noradrenaline.
See raising serotonin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insecurity - Worry (unwarranted)
Often seems to accompany lack of confidence and mood swings.
Can be linked with low dopamine / noradrenaline.
Vitamins B1 and B6 can be key players in improving these symptoms.
B1 and B6 work to promote a more carefree disposition.
Vitamin C may also be helpful.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lethargy - Apathy -  Low enthusiasm and motivation -  Listlessness
Associated with depression, high serotonin and or low dopamine / noradrenaline.
Can be caused by many metabolic disorders and health issues such as ongoing ailments, energy  generation and  blood sugar problems, thyroid gland issues, food and chemical allergens and intolerances and poor diet.
Suggested helpers
See raising acetylcholine which may help.
Address the various sections of this site for help with any suspected health issues.
Ensure good sleeping routines and avoid excessive sugar and simple carbs in the diet.
Vitamins B6 and C, magnesium and moderate levels of vitamin B12 may all help.
You may have have hypothyroidism (low thyroid activity), as a simple check, try a supplement of liquid iodine. If this doesn't help, you should get your thyroid hormone levels checked by your physician.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet unless you have been advised by a qualified
physician to do otherwise. Avoid excess fats and oils in the diet and take regular exercise.
Remove all processed and junk foods from the diet and consult the E-Numbers page.
In some cases vitamins B1 and B12 taken late in the day can be beneficial.
Caffeine taken in moderation may help.
Other possible helpers: Vitamin B5.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Mood Swings (unstable moods)
Often seem to accompany lack of confidence and insecurity.
Can be triggered by energy generation problems, blood sugar problems,
food and chemical allergens and intolerances.
Sometimes associated with
high dopamine serotonin and noradrenaline.
Vitamins B1 and B6 can be key players in improving these symptoms.
Vitamin C and magnesium may also help.
Avoid sugar, stress and stimulants such as caffeine.
Ensure good sleeping routines.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music (loss of interest in)
Can be a symptom of heavy sympathetic nervous system, and low parasympathetic nervous
system activity.
This may also be a symptom of incorrect adrenal and thyroid hormones, in particular low thyroid hormone T3.

Avoid blood sugar problems, chemical and food allergens, excess fats and oils in the diet.
Suggested helpers
The B vitamin choline as choline bitartrate, or lecithin with moderate sugars, TMG (trimethylglycine), or betaine HCI (betaine hydrochloride) before meals.
Also zinc, liquid iodine, vitamins B1 (in moderation) C, and B12 may help.
Ensure good sleeping routines and avoid mentally stressful situations.
Can also be caused by high homocysteine levels, in which case vitamins B6, B12 and folic
acid may help.
Moderate doses of vitamins B1 and B12 taken late in the day may be beneficial, also the amino acids phenylalanine or tyrosine.
It would be wise to ask a physician to check for correct thyroid and adrenal hormone levels.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obsessive compulsive disorder
Associated with low serotonin and high dopamine.
See raising serotonin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paranoia
Associated with abnormally high dopamine serotonin and noradrenaline levels.
Paranoia and schizophrenia can be aggravated by phenylethylamine (PEA), which is derived from the
amino acid phenylalanine.
Phenylethylamine is found in high concentrations in chocolate.
Suggested helpers
Increased serotonin (in some cases), vitamins B3, B6 and B12, folic acid, omega 3 oil.
Possible helpers
See raising serotonin.
The amino acid glycine and lithium.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persecution complex (feel the victim, the world is against them)
Associated with abnormally high dopamine levels.
See raising serotonin which may also help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restlessness
Closely associated with anxiety and irritability.
Can be linked to high dopamine and noradrenaline, food and chemical allergens and intolerances.
See raising serotonin which may help.
Remove all processed and junk foods from the diet and consult the E-Numbers page.
Try to keep fit and take regular exercise which helps the mind and body to relax.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social isolation
Associated with abnormally high dopamine and serotonin.
Modest doses of the B vitamin choline with a little sugar
to help absorption, may create a brighter more outward disposition.
Moderate doses of vitamins B1 and B12 taken late in the day can be beneficial in some cases.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiteful - Cruel
Spitefulness is usually more evident in those who feel unfortunate or that they are being treated unfairly in comparison with others, especially where a lack of self confidence exists.
Spitefulness and hostility can share the same causative factors.
Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) can exacerbate these problems.
Suggested helpers
Healthy levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline can help raise self confidence,
while avoiding high serotonin, which can make the sufferer more inward and brooding.
Address the various sections of this site for help with blood sugar and neurotransmitter imbalances.
Where a lack of self-confidence exists, modest doses of the B vitamin choline with a little sugar
can create a brighter more outward disposition.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suspicious nature
Associated with abnormally high dopamine or high dopamine and serotonin.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unsociable
Often associated with depression, high serotonin and or low dopamine and noradrenaline.
Can be caused by many metabolic disorders and health issues such as ongoing ailments,
energy generation problems, blood sugar problems, food and chemical allergens and intolerances    and a poor diet.
Suggested helpers
Address the various sections of this site for help with any suspected health issues.
Ensure good sleeping routines and avoid excessive sugar and simple carbs in the diet.
Vitamins B1, B6, B12 and moderate levels of vitamin C may help.
Modest doses of the B vitamin choline with a little sugar can create a brighter more outward disposition.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet unless you have been advised by a qualified
physician to do otherwise.
Avoid excess fats and oils in the diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poor concentration
Often associated with high serotonin and or low dopamine and noradrenaline.
Can be caused by many metabolic disorders such as energy generation problems,
blood sugar problems, food and chemical allergens and intolerances, high homocysteine levels
and a poor diet. Avoid excessive sugar and simple carbs in the diet.
Suggested helpers
Low mental energy is a common cause. If the above metabolic disorders have been ruled out,
raising dopamine and noradrenaline with moderate levels of vitamins B6, C and the mineral
magnesium can help greatly.
Remove all processed and junk foods from the diet and consult the E-Numbers page.
Other useful supplements which can help are vitamins B1 and B12, chromium and omega 3 oils.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet.
See raising dopamine and noradrenaline.
Regular exercise helps to clear the mind and build new neurotransmitters, do it regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poor memory
Can be caused by blood sugar problems, food and chemical allergens and intolerances,
high serotonin and or low dopamine and noradrenaline.
Can be aggravated by high homocysteine levels.
Often caused by low acetylcholine (a choline derivative).
See raising dopamine and noradrenaline
Suggested helpers
Low levels of acetylcholine can contribute to memory problems.
Low mental energy and poor memory recall can be helped with vitamins B1, B6, choline
and chromium with moderate levels of vitamin C and magnesium.
Avoid excess fats, oils, sugar, stress and stimulants such as caffeine.
Try to take regular exercise which helps to clear the mind and build new neurotransmitters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poor sex drive
The sex drive in a normal healthy person of either gender should still be intact even in old age,
although not as intense. Adequate levels and correct ratios of testosterone, oestrogen and
progesterone are important. A good, rich diet free of allergens and containing some
cholesterol (the precursor to sex hormones) is essential. Good kidney function is also necessary.
For a healthy sex drive you need adequate levels of good quality protein and fat in your diet, and also a certain level of carbohydrate to fuel the larger portion of your energy requirements.
If you don't consume enough carbohydrate you run the risk of burning your fats and proteins for energy instead of producing your hormones and sexual proteins.
Eat a sugary foods directly after your main meal containing protein and fat. This method provides you with simple fuel for energy whilst sparing your protein and fats for other body processes.
This also prevents your blood sugar rising too quickly resulting in elevated serotonin and possible hypoglycemia.

Suggested helpers
Loss of sexual interest is very often caused by high serotonin and or low dopamine and noradrenaline.
The key players for a healthy sex drive are Vitamins B6, C and E, Magnesium, MSM, Zinc,
Chromium, Cholesterol rich foods, adequate Potassium and Water, and a little sugar in the diet.
Other supplements which may help are Vitamin B2, and the mineral Iron. The neurotransmitter
acetylcholine is also very important for healthy sexual function, especially for males with erection problems, see the notes concerning acetylcholine for help with this. Keep fit and take regular exercise. See raising dopamine and noradrenaline
Remove all processed and junk foods from your diet.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Loss of interest and motivation
If there are no underlying health problems or obesity, and the diet is otherwise healthy, this condition can often be attributed to high serotonin and low dopamine / noradrenaline, so balancing these levels is essential and a priority.
Loss of interest and motivation can also be caused by many metabolic disorders and health issues such as ongoing ailments, energy  generation and  blood sugar problems, food and chemical allergens and intolerances and a poor diet.
You may have have hypothyroidism (low thyroid activity), as a simple check, try a supplement of liquid iodine. If this doesn't help, you should get your thyroid hormone levels checked by your physician.
Suggested helpers
Ensure good sleeping routines and remove sugar and simple carbs from the diet.
Vitamin B6 and moderate levels of vitamin B1, B12 and Folic Acid may help.
Ensure you have adequate salt and potassium in your diet unless you have been advised by a qualified physician to do otherwise.
Fresh fruit can be a useful source of potassium but avoid the high sugar varieties.
Avoid excess fats and oils in the diet and take regular exercise.
Remove all processed and junk foods from the diet and consult the E-Numbers page.
Caffeine taken in moderation may help.
If all the above suggestions have been tried and eliminated and no other cause can be found, you should contact your physician for help. This is especially important if you are taking any prescribed medications as these can often be the root cause of the problem.