It’s hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression. But an explosion of research into the fascinating world of the gut-brain connection is showing just that. We now know that you can
When we think about depression, lack of motivation, or difficulty focusing and concentrating, the well-known brain chemical (neurotransmitter) serotonin often comes to mind. While it’s true that serotonin deficiency is a problem for many people with depression and other mental health issues, researchers have known for years that other neurotransmitters
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see What You Can Do). It often takes time and patience to overcome. However, while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, an MGH expert points out that there are commonsense steps you can take that
Insomnia is now at epidemic levels. Up to half of Americans suffer from at least one of the four cardinal insomnia symptoms:
Difficulty falling asleep
Inability to stay asleep
Waking up in the early morning
Experiencing nonrestorative sleep
Almost a quarter of the U.S. population meets the strict diagnostic criteria for insomnia disorder, in which
Xanax and other anti-anxiety medications are among the most-prescribed drugs in the country, but a vitamin has gained attention as a natural remedy for anxiety.
Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 (not to be confused with niacin), has been used since the 1950’s as a popular anti-diabetes nutrient. It has even
Not only are alcoholic beverages full of calories, new research shows that alcohol may also stimulate your appetite and make you eat more during a meal.
In an earlier post, we discussed the physiological effects on the body that can occur with long-term stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms. To get you started on the road to recovery, we have six tips to conquer stress and anxiety.
Tip #1: Evaluate your adrenal gland function
In reality, there may actually be a biological
Studies confirm the benefits of essential oils for sleep. Find out how aromatherapy works and which essential oils are proven to help with sleep.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no simple answer to the question, what causes depression? Is it your brain? Your genes? Your thought patterns? Your life experiences? Likely, it’s all of the above and more.
How the Brain Works
To better understand what causes depression, it helps to have a