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Unraveling the Influence of Gut Microbes on the Mind. Cashews Are A Natural Anti-Depressant. 2 handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac.

Cashews Are A Natural Anti-Depressant

“Several handfuls of cashews provide 1,000-2,000 milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants,” says Dr. Andrew Saul, a therapeutic nutritionist and editor-in-chief of Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. The body turns tryptophan into serotonin, a major contributor to feelings of sexual desire, good mood, and healthy sleep. This is such a profound effect that Prozac, Paxil and similar antidepressants usually either mimic serotonin or artificially keep the body’s own serotonin levels high.

Based on the results of this study, it seems silly that anyone would continue to use antidepressant drugs to try to treat depression when there are simple healing foods available that do a better job. Cashews are packed with protein, dietary fibers and a rich supply of essential minerals and vitamins that contribute to overall health. Beyond the Zoo: How Captivity Affects the Mental Well-Being of All Animals. Exotic animals, farm animals, and domestic animals might not share many traits in common, but one thing that they all share is the fact that they exhibit stereotypic behaviors when in captivity.

Beyond the Zoo: How Captivity Affects the Mental Well-Being of All Animals

Stereo-what…? Why It’s Worse to Be Bullied by Kids Than Abused by Adults. As anyone who has ever been the target of a bully knows, being picked on or harassed is a pretty traumatic experience.

Why It’s Worse to Be Bullied by Kids Than Abused by Adults

And it’s no surprise research shows that kids who are bullied have higher rates of depression and anxiety. STORY: After Her Son Was Bullied, Mom Sues School District But a new study puts the damage in perspective in an alarming new way. Parents ‘In Denial’ About Teens’ Depression and Anxiety. Depression is a hot-button topic when it comes to teens — for good reason.

Parents ‘In Denial’ About Teens’ Depression and Anxiety

An exclusive survey of moms and dads by Yahoo Parenting and Silver Hill, a non-profit hospital for the treatment of psychiatric and addictive disorders, reveals 65 percent of parents polled are concerned that their teen might be suffering from anxiety or depression. (Photo: Getty Images). Officer in fatal arrest once hospitalized over mental health. BALTIMORE (AP) — The highest-ranking Baltimore police officer in the arrest that led to Freddie Gray's death was hospitalized in April 2012 over mental health concerns for an unknown duration and had his guns confiscated by local sheriff's deputies, according to records from the sheriff's office and court obtained by The Associated Press.

Officer in fatal arrest once hospitalized over mental health

Lt. Brian Rice, who initially pursued Gray on a Baltimore street when Gray fled after Rice made eye contact April 12, declared three years ago that he "could not continue to go on like this" and threatened to commit an act that was censored in the public version of a report obtained by the AP from the Carroll County, Maryland, Sheriff's Office. Rice lived in the county, about 35 miles northwest of Baltimore. At the time, deputies were responding to a request to check on his welfare by a fellow Baltimore police officer who is the mother of Rice's son. Yoga Helps Older Adults Battle Depression and Anxiety. For many older adults, the thought of stepping into a yoga class swarming with yogis more flexible than Gumby might provoke anxiety.

Yoga Helps Older Adults Battle Depression and Anxiety

But the practice itself may be just the antidote the over-60 set needs, suggests a recent review of studies about relaxation exercises. Those who did yoga and other calming activities saw greater reductions in their anxiety and depression than people who didn’t. The body of literature on yoga’s relaxation benefits spans all kinds of people, but the authors thought adults aged 60 and older deserved their own analysis.

Up to 40% of older adults report anxiety, they note, and anywhere from 15-20% of the elderly experience depression. So in the review published in the journal Aging & Mental Health, researchers scrutinized 15 studies—12 of them randomized controlled trials—from the past two decades that looked at different methods of relaxation. Probiotics and Probiotic Supplements: Good Bacteria Helps Depression. 9 Surprising Signs Of Depression. Psychiatric medications found in home of Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz, who underwent 18 months of psychiatric 'treatment'

Trim the fat for happiness, says latest diet research. Diets high in fat can lead to not only weight gain and heart disease, but depression and behavior changes, according to a new study at Louisiana State University in the US.

Trim the fat for happiness, says latest diet research

These changes come about due to the high-fat diet’s affect on the gut microbiome, according to the study. The microbiome is a term used to describe the overall composition of microorganisms that reside in the intestinal tract, most of which are necessary for normal physiological functioning, although poor diversification can lead to health problems. Working with mice, the research team set out to test whether an obesity-related microbiome could also affect behavior and mood. They transferred the gut microbiota from mice that had been fed either a high-fat diet or a control diet into adult mice of normal weight that had been kept on a normal diet. 9 Highly Effective Treatments For Mild Depression. What is it This mood disorder, which is estimated to affect 15% of Americans at some point in their lives, is typified by feelings of sadness, anger, or frustration.

9 Highly Effective Treatments For Mild Depression

Unlike the occasional unhappy spell, the emotions persist for weeks or months and interfere with daily life. You may have trouble sleeping or concentrating, have outbursts of anger, or avoid social situations. It's common to lose or gain weight. Why it happensDepression can be triggered by stressful experiences and may accompany chronic illnesses or pain. Depression In Women: It Will Break Your Heart.

For far too long, mental illness has been seen as a weakness, a choice, a fault of one’s own.

Depression In Women: It Will Break Your Heart

The day is still yet to come when there will be bumper stickers with sayings such as “Mental Illness Awareness” or “Let’s Find a Cure for Depression!” There are no charity walks nor are there fundraisers or t-shirts. Despite the fact that it has been shown that one’s mood has direct impact on health, seeking treatment, taking medication or speaking out is still stigmatized. We know that depression can destroy relationships, careers, and even the individual themselves through suicide and other forms of self-harm. Unfortunately, to date, these consequences haven’t been sufficient to put a spotlight on mental illness. 10 Truths About Depression And Self Love Nobody Talks About. Depression isn't logical.

10 Truths About Depression And Self Love Nobody Talks About

You can't reason with it. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. After the diagnosis, my uncle slapped me on the back and said, "Welcome to the family kid," while my family all compared drugs around the kitchen table. Can fish oil prevent psychosis? A small new study offers preliminary evidence that fish oil supplements can prevent psychosis among young people at high risk for the condition, even seven years after taking the capsules. The results hold out hope of helping young people with mental illness remain healthy and functional by taking safe and inexpensive supplements, authors say.

In the study, half of participants were randomly assigned to take fish oil capsules for 12 weeks, while half were given placebos. Ten percent of young people who took fish oil developed psychosis, a serious condition in which people lose touch with reality, compared with 40% who were given placebos, according to the study of 81 people, ages 13 to 25. Researchers followed patients for nearly seven years. Psychiatric illnesses have more in common than we thought — which could be good news for treatment. Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought. Not only are they linked through shared genes, the genetic mutations associated with them also work together to govern immunity, brain signaling, and genome function later in life, according to a Nature Neuroscience study.

The new finding may mean that only one drug will be required to treat all these disorders in the future. These psychiatric disorders share more than individual genes This is the first study to show the genetic overlap between psychiatric disorders leads to meaningful paths for treatment, says Peter Holmans, a biostatistician at King's College London and a co-author the study.

Essentially, it translates the genetic information into a roadmap for drug discovery. Symptoms of Depression in Dogs. Just like people, dogs can get depressed. Depression in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, and More. Even dogs can get the blues. Learn about symptoms and treatments for dog depression. Sunny Garcia reveals he's battling depression. Treating severe depression with electroconvulsive therapy. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): An Effective Treatment for Depression. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) Why it's done - Tests and Procedures. Study: Women With Job Authority Are Face Depression Concerns: Associations Now. How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain  Meg Hutchinson.