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  1. pdfernhout at |

    I posted most of this in a comment to someone else on Slashdot under an article on “Researchers Find Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death “. I hope this can help.

    First, remember, the brain is mostly fat. You need to be eating healthy fats (like walnuts, avocado, omega 3s, etc.) for brain health. But that is just a start on what good nutrition involves to get lots of micronutrients (more veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains as in you can see the grain). Be sure you are getting enough vitamin D3 (which is almost impossible for most people without supplements given our indoor lifestyle and other lifestyle factors). And get enough iodine, like from sea vegetables.

    From Dr. Joel Fuhrman:
    “Depression doesn’t have one specific cause; environmental and genetic factors may be at play, as well as psychosocial stressors, however, a major factor causing depression is unhealthy dietary factors. Fast-food and commercial baked goods are linked to depression in a dose dependent manner, and dietary excellence can be the solution for many suffering individuals. A feeling of a depressed mood can also be a symptom of other medical conditions or a side effect from a medication, so to be sure of what is causing your symptoms, you may need to discuss your depression with your doctor.”

    Search also on “The UltraMind Solution: The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind” by Dr.Mark Hyman, again focusing on nutrition.

    Water-only fasting helps in some cases of mental illness too (especially if brain inflammation is caused by some food allergy). The Russians did a lot of research and practice on that.

    Obviously, good mood is more complex than just nutrition. Look at Dr. Andrew Weil for a broader perspective.

    Or see this quoting Philip Hickey, Ph.D from: Depression Is Not An Illness: It is an Adaptive Mechanism
    “In order to feel good, the following eight factors must be present in our lives.
    * good nutrition
    * fresh air
    * sunshine (in moderation)
    * physical activity
    * purposeful activity with regular experiences of success
    * good relationships
    * adequate and regular sleep
    * ability to avoid destructive social entanglements, while remaining receptive to positive encounters”

    Also, check out:”The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time Paperback” by Alex Korb PhD.

    There are lots more resources like that. There are lots of alternatives to placebo-like mental drugs…

    Our society is also all too quick to label a “spiritual crisis” as mental illness (see Wikipedia on that term).

    And, when all else fails, consider: “Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s Ordeals” by Thomas Moore for finding meaning and even personal growth in the darkness.

    Good luck!

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  2. pdfernhout at |

    My previous detailed post here from a few days ago unfortunately got marked as spam, probably for length. So as a summary and a second try, there are many ways to increase brain health — from nutrition, to good sleep, to relationships, to sunlight, to exercise, fresh air, to avoiding vexatious people and situations, avoiding supernormal stimuli, avoiding toxins, having a sense of purpose and some small success towards it, humor, music, positive psychology, and more. A lot of authors have written about these topics, including Joel Fuhrman, Andrew Weil, Mark Hyman, Philip Hickey, Alex Korb, Hugh Howey (“Silos”), Thomas Moore, Bluezones, Deirdre Barrett, Douglas J. Lisle & Alan Goldhamer, Martin Seligman, and more. Good luck to you and any readers in finding what works best for you in your situation.

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