A healthy, properly-functioning blood-brain barrier is critical for optimal brain and mental health.
The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that surrounds your brain. It acts as a gatekeeper and filter, allowing beneficial nutrients to cross over into your brain, and keeping unwanted molecules out of your brain.
This is a guest post by Adam Cook, founder of AddictionHub.org.
Adam recently lost a good friend to suicide. His friend suffered from alcoholism for years and wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar disorder until he went into a substance abuse program a couple of years ago.
Adam says he often wonders, had his friend's bipolar disorder been diagnosed sooner, would he still be with us today?
I've been dependent on a lot of substances over the years.
When my brain wasn’t working and I struggled with mental illness, it simply made sense to find immediate relief from something outside myself – even if it wasn't good for me - at least until I found better long-term, sustainable solutions.
I really felt like I had no other choice at the time.
And I know there are a lot of people out there grappling with the same thing.