The Mood Appraisal questionnaire is a tool designed to identify which neurotransmitter pathways need support. A mood appraisal questionnaire comprising 66 questions is e-mailed to you and takes around 10 minutes to complete. Each question is linked to one or several neurotransmitters and provides an insight into the status of each neurotransmitter.
It tests a range of neurotransmitters such as Serotonin, Melatonin, Dopamine, Phenylethylamine, GABA, Adrenaline and Endogenous Opioids. When completed, the questionnaire provides an understanding of which neurotransmitter precursors and co-factors can best suit the client’s needs. These can include amino acids, along with certain vitamins and herbs that can improve biochemical pathways and support the HPA axis.
Neurotransmitter deficiencies can lead to a range of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood imbalances, aggression, poor memory, insomnia and fatigue.
In addition, a DASS21 questionnaire will be used in the initial consultation to set a benchmark of your mood on the day and can be used again at a later time to compare and monitor your progress. The DASS21 is a set of 21 questions that relate to Depression, Anxiety and Stress and provides a score for each category. It gives an indication as to whether your mood score is normal, mild, moderate, severe or extremely severe.
These simple and effective tools can be of great benefit in determining the underlying cause of mental health conditions.
Additionally, it is important to gain an understanding of your gut health. Up to 90% of the neurotransmitter serotonin is produced in the gut and is used both in the gut and brain. It is very common for people with mood disorders to experience gut related problems such a reflux, indigestion, bloating and either constipation or diarrhoea. These conditions have a major impact on the gut-brain axis, but fortunately they can be resolved.