Americans are increasingly turning to the advice to “make food thy medicine” for a wide variety of ailments. Clear evidence supports the diet-health link for some conditions—like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity—but the effects of diet on depression are less well established. Several new studies suggest that some specific dietary … Read More
You’ve probably experienced the mood-boosting effects of exercise after a rousing game of tennis, a night of dancing, or a brisk walk with a dear friend. Your outlook seemed brighter, more optimistic, even if it was just for a shortÊtime.
And if you think about it, there have probably been times … Read More
Your doctor may check your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and other standard health risk factors at your annual checkup. But if you’re not being asked about your mood, an important predictor of health problems is being overlooked.
In a study published recently in Health Psychology researchers found that depression and anxiety … Read More
Q: During the spring and summer, I am a happy and easygoing person, but once the winter sets in, I feel down most of the time. Can I be suffering from depression if I feel this way for only part of the year?
A: Many people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), … Read More
Recommendations to follow a healthy diet have usually been extended to help reduce the risk of obesity and its accompanying complications, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But recent research finds that your emotional health depends on eating the right kinds of foods and reducing your intake of … Read More