Updated: Apr 25, 2020
In Australia it is estimated that 45% of the Australian population will experience some form of mental illness over their lifetime. Furthermore, ADHD diagnoses are 1 in 20 (for children) and Autism diagnoses are 1 in 70 with boys more likely to be diagnosed that girls for either diagnosis. Unfortunately, there are concerns that both ADHD and Autism rates appear to be increasing, this could be due to improved diagnostic procedures or other factors at play which have yet to be confirmed in the current medical or scientific community with guidelines and peer reviewed studies (retracted or otherwise).
That’s all pretty horrific right? For this reason, I would like to express the absolute importance of seeking out medical and psychological advice or support if you or your child is experiencing mental health concerns. Do NOT simply rely on the use of crystals. However, crystals can often be used to complement yourself or your child alongside support that you will hopefully already be receiving.
Stones and crystals are believed to help with various aspects of stress, depression and even anxiety, with each stone supporting the user in different ways. In fact, crystals have been used throughout history to support physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. However, it is important to be aware that crystals for healing purposes (physical, psychological, or spiritual) have not been studied in terms of scientific peer reviewed studies and evidence. The only information that is available in terms of the effectiveness or use of crystals is from the plethora of anecdotal evidence provided by the many people who have used crystals throughout history and speak so highly of the crystal properties. It is important to do your own research and form your own opinions on the use of crystals; however, they should not be used in the place of medical assistance. If you are seeking a crystal to support yourself or your loved one on the mental health journey embarked upon and have the additional supports you need in place this article may help you to source the perfect crystal/s to provide you with the possible additional benefits of the crystal/s on that journey.
Before we start I would like to mention one very important crystal to have in your toolkit regardless of the issues you are experiencing or journey that you are on, and that is ‘Clear Quartz’. The reason for this is because Clear Quartz is regarded to be a ‘master healer’ and an ‘all-purpose’ crystal as it can be used to cleanse other crystals, charge other crystals, provide an additional boost to the powers of other crystals you have, and it can also temporarily be used in-place of almost any other crystal when you are missing or can’t find a particular crystal. In addition, it is believed to help stimulate the immune system, balance the body, aid concentration, aid memory, connect the user with his/her/their higher self and remove negative energy from the body or room it is located. Therefore, this crystal is the number one must have for ANYONE utilising crystals. After sourcing the master healer crystal it becomes important to find out what you are needing assistance with and then researching which crystals provide what properties. Once you have done this it is best to go to a place that you can physically touch and hold the crystals letting your intuition choose which is best. Your body will generally guide you or your loved one to the crystal you or they need. Without further ado here is a small compiled list – full list is located within my ebook ‘Crystals forMental Health’.
CRYSTALS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING
Sodalite – This stone is also referred to as the “stone of peace” it is believed to assist the user in calming the mind, restoring emotional balance, trust in ones-self and promoting rational thoughts. The stone is believed to be particularly helpful in those who struggle to express themselves effectively or at all with its often-touted ability to stimulate self-expression, self-confidence, self-worth, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. It is also believed to encourage the users to be true to themselves, stand up for their own beliefs, connection with their intuition, utilise logic and trust within their own judgement. Emotional balance is also said to be achieved with the use of this stone through the release of past conditioning or programming which no-longer exist to serve and support the individual having difficulties. Furthermore, this stone is believed to supporting a balanced metabolism (re-balancing where needed), reduce obsessive behaviours in situations where the user finds them to be unwanted, and ease insomnia (with or without additional supports) in those struggling with insomnia as a result of simple stress, anxiety, depression, adhd or autism related difficulties. This stone is connected to the heart chakra, heart, throat chakra and third eye chakra. Finally, this stone is believed to have the ability to reduce the users overwhelming emotions.
Moonstone – is a great stone if you are struggling with strong or violent emotions and reactions to a range of situations. It is believed to be a powerful stone when it comes to supporting those with anxiety by heightening the users intuition, stabilizing their emotions, and drawing out old or useless emotions so that the user can work through those then release them. It is also a powerful stone for those who are biologically female supporting fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and even the emotions after birth throughout the parenting journey relieving stress and balancing hormones. Furthermore, it is believed to promote positive thinking, inspiration, good fortune, inner growth and strength. This stone is connected to the sacral chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra.
Fluorite – this crystal is believed to improve the stabilisation of emotions improving emotional balance, clarity, concentration, thought process (reducing negative thinking and increasing positive thinking) and is also believed to improve the ability to cope with changes or transitions from one thing to another. It is particularly good for those who struggle with racing thoughts that they struggle to switch off or calm down. Furthermore, it is believed to improve feelings of relaxation, peace and calm rejuvenating the mind, body and soul. This crystal is connected to the heart chakra, throat chakra and third eye chakra.
Citrine – is a crystal that provides a gentle energy which is believed to convey the strength and power of the sun and some sources suggest that it rarely needs cleansing. This crystal is believed to activate and balance the chakras, cleanse the body of negative energies, protect the users aura and even provide the user with an early warning if they a vulnerable to psychic attack. It is also believed to help increase the users confidence, encourage positive thought processes and tendencies while also decreasing negative ones, encourage optimism, motivation, clarity, joy, wonder, enthusiasm and relieve anxiety, depression or phobias. Ultimately, promoting a sense of calm within the user, there are also some sources which state that this crystal may also improve creativity and concentration in the user. Citrine is believed to be helpful in aligning all of the chakras by balancing the solar plexus chakra with the remaining chakras of the body.
Amethyst – this crystal is believed to infuse the head space with peaceful relaxing energy and is great for those who have yet to establish the root cause of their stress levels. It is believed to provide an instant calming effect, sense of clarity, healing, balance emotions, improve sleep patterns even help the user better understand dreams. Ultimately the stone is believed to help the user in opening their mind, body and spirit to higher consciousness.
Chrysocolla – this crystal is said to boast a feminine energy with soothing vibrations. It is believed to calm a heart rapidly beating out of fear or panic and assisting with the recovery after panic attacks. It is also believed improve confidence, encourage effective communication (even during confrontations), supporting the user to maintain boundaries, and reduce the chances of miscommunications occurring. Where miscommunication has occurred, this stone can support the user in resolving the miscommunication. It relates to the heart and throat chakra.
Gold – this stone is believed to regenerate neurotransmitters in brains to promote balance in the user. It is believed to support the user through situations that may be overwhelming, assist with processing difficulties, and support those who have difficulties with dyslexia. It is believed to have been utilised as far back as the middle ages to treat psychological and physiological concerns. However, it is important to be aware that like many other crystals and stones there were no clinical trials. I am also not aware of any peer reviewed studies on the use of gold, just like many other crystals or stones listed in this article any information or evidence available is merely anecdotal. Gold is connected to the heart chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra.
Prehnite – this stone is great for those who struggle with learning difficulties or struggle with learning due to other issues including but not limited to ADHD. It is believed to help the user to improve their focus and concentration, promotes a feeling of calm, alertness and alleviating the users worry, self-doubt or other negative emotions that may be negatively impacting on their learning or overall psychological well-being. It is connected to the heart chakra and solar plexus.
Ultimately, those who struggle with a mental health concern or have a loved one who struggles from this could find that crystals offer the additional support they need on their journey. However, the evidence to support the use of crystals is still only anecdotal with little to no clinical trials or peer reviewed studies available on many crystals. At this point the only way to find out if they will work for you would be to research which crystals properties fit your needs and then try them out. If you would like to know more about the use of crystals for mental health (particularly for autism, adhd, depression and anxiety) make sure you check out my ebook Crystals for Mental Health.
ARTICLE DISCLAIMER: Lee is a Canberra Doula who also spent over 5 years working in the childcare field as a childcare educator (including as a Room Leader); she holds relevant children's services qualifications alongside Doula qualifications. In addition, Lee holds a wide range of qualifications and training in fields that include but are not limited to trauma and natural therapies. Lee is a proud Aspie woman and mother of 5 children (2 with disabilities). Information within this article is for informational purposes only. It is not designed as medical advice and should not be used as medical advice. Crystals outlined in this article should not be used in place of medical advice or treatment. If you are experiencing physical or mental health concerns, please seek help from a Medical Professional.Furthermore, a small commission is made on some links provided within these blog articles
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