Occasional worry and situational anxiety is a normal human experience, however, anxiety that is chronic, self-perpetuating and uncontrollable is a sign that something is not right. There is often a psychological driver of anxiety, along with numerous other physiological factors including:

  • Inadequate sleep
  • Irregular eating patterns or high sugar diet
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Alcohol excess
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Imbalance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gut flora


Signs of depression include low mood or a loss of pleasure in life, loss of appetite, poor sleep and energy and is often accompanied with feelings of guilt or worthlessness.  There is often a psychological driver of depression, along with numerous other physiological factors including:

  • Poor diet
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Insulin resistance
  • Infection
  • Imbalance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gut flora


Stress is a normal part of physiology and is necessary for survival.  When under stress the body moves into ‘fight or flight’ mode where it secretes adrenalin and cortisol which increases your heart rate, increases your breathing and provides energy for your body to cope with the stressor.  It is when this ‘fight or flight’ mode becomes chronic that your body will begin to show signs of stress.  Some of the signs and symptoms of chronic stress include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor memory
  • Low immunity
  • Exhaustion
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little

Jo has helped hundreds of patients take control of their anxiety and depression enabling them to live vibrant fulfilled lives.  Consultations focus on identifying and treating the underlying biochemical causes of anxiety and depression and proving safe, evidenced based natural solutions to bring the body back to balance.


Sydney Naturopath, Joanne Kennedy is available to assist with natural anxiety, depression and stress solutions. For appointments please call 0400 658 003 or email Joanne at