Mental Illness or Allergy?

Exploring allergy symptoms: emotional, behavioral and mental

by Tarilee Cornish, Nutritional Consultant

When most of us think of allergy, we think of common symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, hives, asthma and nausea. These are all immediate physical reactions but there are many different types of allergic responses possible. Some reactions take several days to show up, and some allergies don’t necessarily affect the respiratory system, digestive tract or skin.

Did you know that food and/or chemical allergies can create emotional, behavioral and mental symptoms such as panic attacks, compulsive behavior, depression, psychotic episodes, or hallucinations? They can also contribute to many less severe mental and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, inability to concentrate, or feelings of being in a mental “fog”. A surprising number of people have been able to eliminate such troubling symptoms simply by removing the allergens from their diet or living environment.

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