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Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Consider this when depression hits

Posted by Roberta Jewell
Categories: Diet, nutrition and exercise

Treatment for dual diagnosis is often necessary when someone is affected by both chemical dependency and an emotional illness. We see a lot of this within our drinking population because so many people suffer from both depression and alcohol dependence. In fact, the question often arises: which came first?

Regardless of the answer, we find many alcoholics are prescribed anti-depressants or mood stabilizing medication.

Our blended program of nutritional supplementation, dietary changes, exercise, hypnotherapy–and medication, if appropriate–addresses chemical imbalances in the brain. Patients who adopt our therapy are often surprised at how quickly their depression lifts. One of advantages of our approach is that it is highly customizable and allows individuals to focus on problem areas. Some people look to renew their bodies (e.g. liver health or brain function) while others wish to improve their mental and emotional well being. The body’s entire system, both mental and physical, is compromised by excessive drinking and we find a multi-faceted approach is most effective when tackling an action plan for long term sobriety.

Sometimes a simple supplement can make a world of difference. Take Omega-3 fatty acid oils. They are often overlooked as a mood enhancer, but we’ve gotten some really great feedback about how well they work. Clinical trials are now underway to follow up previous studies and determine more precisely their mechanism of action. You’ll find info here.

We also have some excellent links in our Health Store regarding the many benefits of omega oil supplementation (it’s excellent for heart health) including the following overview:

“A now famous Harvard study (Stoll et al., 1999) determined that individuals suffering from manic and mood disorders collectively exhibit low levels of EPA and DHA. During this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, nearly 75% of the subjects treated with omega-3 experienced relief from their symptoms. According to Dr. Stoll, “Our study results indicate that fish oil does possess the elements needed to stabilize mood.”
Source: Now Foods Health Professor

Omega-3 supplements are generally easy to find, inexpensive and safe. However, consumers must be diligent about purchasing a high quality brand that’s been tested for contaminants such as peroxide, mercury, PBCs and dioxins. Best also to select one that meets or exceed FDA safety standards.

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