In most resources when the term candida is used it is referring to Candida albicans, though there are other candida species that can cause infection in human hosts, albicans is by far the most common. Candida is not a fungus that gets caught, inhaled or eaten. It is a part of many people already, living on the skin and inside in controlled numbers.
The amount of candida a person has is significant because when it is controlled by good bacteria and the immune system in small amounts, it does no harm to its host. When something upsets this balance and the candida grows to larger numbers it becomes pathogenic and causes symptoms in the host such as a yeast infection. But let’s look at how candida can affect our mental state specifically.
When there is internal candida overgrowth there are a large number of toxins being released as its waste, and it is in fact these toxins that cause our symptoms. They can have an impact on any of the organs, our digestive system and even our brain, which leads to how candida can affect our mental state. These toxins can affect how the brain functions, the production of essential hormones, and whether we are getting enough nutrients and minerals for proper brain function. The problem is, not all doctors accept that candida can be a cause of mental illness, and therefore sometimes people are taking anti-depression pills or other medications that are ignoring the root cause, and in some circumstances actually make the candida worse.
Some of the symptoms on how candida can affect our mental state
Symptoms vary from one person to another but usually include some physical symptoms too. The list below may not cover all of the mental symptoms that can occur but gives you a general idea of what can happen.
- Loss of memory
- Becoming forgetful
- Losing focus
- Not able to concentrate for long
- Mental Confusion
- Not being able to do tasks you once were able to do
- Mixing up your speech or writing
- Learning difficulties
- Feeling more aggressive
- Having panic or anxiety attacks
- Developing phobias or fears
- Being irritable
- Crying for no ‘reason’
- Not sleeping properly
- Being or having suicidal thoughts