My daughter has depersonalization, or derealization, meaning sometimes she feels as if her thoughts and experiences are not her own.
Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter has depersonalization, or derealization, meaning sometimes she feels as if her thoughts and experiences are not her own. At times she has panic attacks and anxiety that can make her breathless for fifteen minutes or more. Can you please suggest anything that might help?” — T.B., Singapore
A. Dear T.B., I recommend that you discuss any supplement usage with your daughter’s primary healthcare practitioner.
Depersonalization disorder is relatively rare and therefore it is not widely understood. However, depersonalization disorder, and other dissociative disorders, may result from improper neurological functioning.
I believe diet is incredibly important for neurological health. The diet I think is the best for healing consists of animal proteins like beef, chicken, bison, lamb, fish, and non-starchy vegetables and fruits. I also think nuts, seeds, and berries are great additions. For more information, you can review my diet at Terry’s Traditional Diet, or watch my webinar on the importance of Healthy Fats. For additional information, you could also check out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. I would also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying your daughter’s diet, I do believe I have some other recommendations that may help.
Many neurological imbalances and chronic diseases in general, result from oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. This can disrupt the communication between our brain cells – neurons – and make processing information, emotions, and events incredibly difficult. One of the best anti-inflammatory agents I know of is curcumin. The curcumin I recommend has also been shown in published human studies to cross the blood brain barrier so it can go to work where it is needed. This means curcumin can protect the brain cells from oxidative stress and free radical damage, which play a role in chronic inflammation.
I recommend choosing a curcumin that features excellent absorption and has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil in a patented process. I would have your daughter take 750 mg twice per day.
For the emotional disturbances, like anxiety and panic attacks, I recommend a specialized form of Echinacea extract from echinacea angustifoliae. There are compounds in this special extract called echinacosides that can trigger feelings of calm and relaxation. I would have your daughter take 40 mg twice per day.
Additionally, I believe omega-3s could benefit your daughter. I prefer omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients.
Terry . . . Naturally