Best Supplements For Depression – and the surprising thing they have in common. is an independent website that documents clinical research on different supplements. I’ve looked through and managed to find 4 supplements that are all described as having a notable (moderate) effect on depression and are supported by high to very high level of clinical evidence. The 4 supplements are:

  • Curcumin (in Turmeric)
  • Zinc
  • Creatine
  • Omega 3 (fish oil)

All four are easily available and they don’t interact with each other so you can use all four of them daily if you wish. (links to the supporting studies are available on the website under the corresponding supplement pages). read more

Foods For Depression

Diet is essential to managing depression. The reason for that is everyone has a diet, you have to eat something! Unlike other things that may help depression, the right diet relieves depression but the wrong diet actually causes depression. So you get a big double wammy from the wrong diet because you are missing out on the anti-depression benefits as well as actively adding to your depression.

Considering how important diet is to depression there actually isn’t much research on it. The reason for this is because cash is king. Pharmaceutical companies are willing to invest big money in running studies for their drugs as they stand to make a lot of money from it. But no one stands to make much money from proving how great salad is or even multivitamins. However more research is starting to be done and so far the results look great. read more

Beliefs, Adverse Childhood and Life Events, and Depression

In my post How our brain creates depression – and what does it mean for a cure? we talked about how depression is actually a low internal locus of control (therefore you have an external locus of control).

Your Locus of Control is basically a bunch of subconscious beliefs about how much control you have over your environment. For our ancestors having control over their environment made a big difference to their chances of survival. A lot of these beliefs are to do with your social environment. Like how much control you have over whether people like you or not. read more

How our brain creates depression – and what does it mean for a cure?

Like my last post we are again looking for an explanation here that makes sense but more importantly shows us what we can do about depression. So there will be no talk of brain chemicals and neurotransmitters.

First we need to define something called Locus Of Control.

Locus Of Control? (“Location” of Control)

When we have a high internal locus of control towards a particular goal then we believe (subconsciously) that we are in control of the outcome. That if we work hard we will achieve a given goal. We are more motivated and much more resilient. We gain pleasure from working hard towards the goal. We feel energised. This increase in subconscious motivation outweighs other feelings too so we become less stressed from setbacks, we become more positive about being able to overcome problems. Everything seems easier. read more

Understanding Depression

The human body is a complex system. So there are many different ways of understanding and describing depression. However the best explanation of depression for us is one that helps us understand what we can to do to alleviate and manage it.

“Low levels of this neurotransmitter affects that brain chemical… blah blah blah” isn’t a very useful explanation unless you are a pharmacist. Another way of explaining depression is to list all the symptoms or what it feels like, this might be useful for forming a diagnosis but not for doing much about it. read more