Category Archives for Mental Health

Curcumin as antidepressant.

Curcumin, the supplement derived from the spice turmeric, has all kinds of interesting properties, such as being anti-cancer and extending lifespan. Both of these together make perfect sense, since cancer

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N-acetylcysteine Treats Fatigue and ADHD of Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus The cheap, over-the-counter supplement n-acetylcysteine treats fatigue and ADHD of lupus. Systemic lupus erythematosus, often known just as lupus (from the Latin for “wolf”)

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Why these depression treatments don’t get more notice

Because they’re cheap, easy, and safe is the short answer – especially cheap, which means no profit. Hence, no promotion or notice. Take a look at some recent papers by Michael Maes (et al.),

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Elevated levels of oxidative stress in bipolar disorder

Altered plasma glutathione levels in bipolar disorder indicates higher oxidative stress; a possible risk factor for illness onset despite normal brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels Background

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Serum BDNF negatively correlated with treatment failure in depression

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein that helps regulate brain and nervous tissue growth and plasticity, and low levels of it have been implicated in depression. For instance, the rapid

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Light Therapy As Effective As Drugs for Depression

Psychiatric drugs used in the treatment of depression are generally way over-prescribed and not always safe. Therefore it’s useful to know that a simple treatment, sitting in front of bright light

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Bioavailable Testosterone and Depressed Mood in Older Men

Bioavailable Testosterone and Depressed Mood in Older Men: The Rancho Bernardo Study A cross-sectional population-based study examined the association between endogenous sex hormones and depressed mood

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Psychobiotics: a novel class of psychotropic

Psychobiotics: a novel class of psychotropic. Here, we define a psychobiotic as a live organism that, when ingested in adequate amounts, produces a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric

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Alcohol does not cause depression

The triangular association of ADH1B genetic polymorphism, alcohol consumption and the risk of depression in older men Alcohol use, particularly alcohol abuse and dependence, are associated with increased

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The promise of N-acetylcysteine in neuropsychiatry

The promise of N-acetylcysteine in neuropsychiatry Berk M, Malhi GS, Gray LJ, Dean OM.SourceSchool of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. mikebe@barwonhealth.org.au AbstractN-Acetylcysteine

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Low childhood conscientiousness predicts adult obesity

Low childhood conscientiousness predicts adult obesity Results from a longitudinal study show that children who exhibit lower conscientiousness (e.g., irresponsible, careless, not persevering) could experience

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Of night owls and psychopathy

Study finds night owls more likely to be psychopaths People who stay up late at night are more likely to display anti-social personality traits such as narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathic tendencies,

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Diet and depression

Association of Western and traditional diets with depression and anxiety in women. OBJECTIVE:Key biological factors that influence the development of depression are modified by diet. This study examined

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Can long-term antidepressant use worsen depression?

One of the things I learned from a very good book called Anatomy of an Epidemic is that in the old days, when psychiatric drugs were few to nearly non-existent, many patients fared better than they do

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Ketogenic diet and bipolar disorder

The ketogenic diet for type II bipolar disorder Successful mood stabilizing treatments reduce intracellular sodium in an activity-dependent manner. This can also be achieved with acidification of the blood,

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Risk of depression and processed foods

Dietary pattern and depressive symptoms in middle age. BACKGROUND: Studies of diet and depression have focused primarily on individual nutrients. AIMS: To examine the association between dietary patterns

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Vitamin D and mental illness

Depressed adolescents in a case-series were low in vitamin D and depression was ameliorated by vitamin D supplementation. AIM:The relationship between depression in adolescents and vitamin D was studied

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Effect of NAC on mania and depression

A preliminary investigation on the efficacy of N-acetyl cysteine for mania or hypomania. Objective:Oxidative imbalance has emerged as a treatment target in bipolar disorder. As very limited data are available

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