The key to the perfect night’s sleep partly begins on your plate.
Tag Archive: serotonin
Our bodies were designed to be in motion. Trouble is, few of Americans are moving nearly enough and this lack of exercise is putting millions at risk for chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. To combat the health-robbing effects of sedentary living, it’s essential that we all commit to putting our bodies through their paces – to make the conscious choice to use it, not lose it.
There's a reason that most so-called primitive cultures have avoided the depression epidemic afflicting industrialized nations. In a provocative book, a clinical psychologist suggests that adopting more "hunter-gatherer" habits can help us escape the blues. According to the latest research, about one in four Americans — more than 70 million people — will meet the criteria for major depression at some point in their lives. The rate of depression in industrialized societies has been on the rise for decades — it’s roughly 10 times higher today than it was just two generations ago. How can people possibly be so much more vulnerable to depression now? And how do you make sense of the fact that even though antidepressant use has skyrocketed in recent years, the rate of depression in the United States hasn’t declined, but rather increased?
As a psychiatrist, I am clearly familiar with the psychodynamic issues underlying eating disorders, and I see psychotherapy as a vital part of treatment. At the same time, I would like to share my experience with observing and treating some of the biochemical underpinnings, hastening recovery and helping to maintain it as well.