At least 13 million Americans suffer from thyroid disorders, and in more than 80% of cases, the problem is an underactive thyroid gland — hypothyroidism. The condition is more common in women, and the rate rises with age, reaching 20% in women over 65. The interest for mental health is that thyroid deficiency may be associated with cognitive and emotional disturbances, and thyroid hormones may be useful in the treatment of depression.
The American Journal of Psychiatry recently released information concerning a new study that claims that maintaining a healthy diet is beneficial not just for the body, but also for the mind. It’s no surprise that high-fat foods are the main cause of obesity worldwide, but can eating unhealthy food cause depression and anxiety as well? Researchers at the University of Melbourne think so. Dr. Felice N. Jacka, along with her research team, conducted a study that claims mood disorders are more prevalent in women who eat poorly.
Sean Blackwell is a former advertising executive, who in 1996 entered a state of ecstasy so intense that he thought he had died and was going to Heaven. The episode ended with Sean being handcuffed by two police officers and taken to a psychiatric emergency ward for refusing to put his clothes back on in a Toronto hotel ballroom.
Protein is essential for growth and development. It provides the body with energy, and is needed for the manufacture of hormones, antibodies, enzymes, and tissues. It also helps maintain the proper acid-alkali balance in the body.
Poor diet has been associated with mental disorders, yet bad diet alone cannot explain why one family member will have a mental disorder while other members of the same family eating the same diet do not. When nutrients are not absorbed or metabolized properly, deficiencies can result even in people who eat properly. Research has shown that people who have poor intestinal absorption of nutrients have an increased risk of developing a mental illness.