Articles tagged with "depression"


  • Antidepressant Foods? You Bet!

    By: Austin Perlmutter, M.D. Depression is a global epidemic, a leading cause of disability that affects over 300 million people worldwide. Unfortunately, rates of diagnosed depression are continuing to rise in the United States, especially in our youth. When these disheartening statistics are combined with the relatively poor efficacy of our antidepressant medications, it becomes increasingly important to ask whether there may be non-pharmaceutical methods of treating this crippling condition. In recent years, scientific research has increasingly answered “yes.” In the past (and even today), depression has been explained as a simple neurotransmitter deficiency. This is why and how the conventional treatment for depression, drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (commonly known as SSRIs), is thought to work. The putative mechanism of these drugs is that they increase the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, resolving deficiency, improving mood, and alleviating depression. However, if it were this straightforward, we’d expect a Read More

  • Sunshine: A Natural Mood Enhancer

    Are you feeling down or blue? If you are then one thing’s for sure: you’ve likely encountered any number of natural products being promoted for their potential ability to benefit and improve your mood. Everything from B vitamins to fish oil to 5-HTP have been studied and written about in terms of their potential role in not only combating depression, but actually making us feel generally happier. But there may very well be a far simpler approach that doesn’t require actually taking any supplement at all. Basically, it involves the “radical” protocol of getting outside and going into nature. In fact, in addition to improving mood, nature exposure has been demonstrated to have a wide ranging impact on health including: Improved immune function Increased energy Better sleep Reduction in blood pressure Increased ability to focus And we actually focus on how these powerful health benefits, especially as they relate to the Read More

  • Your Choices Can Be Seen in Your Brain Before You’re Conscious of Them

    This week in science: taking nutritional supplements can’t prevent depression, a video of a droplet doing something you’ve never seen water do, and researchers predicted people’s choices before they made them.

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