Eating Healthier — Even For a Short Period — Can Help Treat Depression

Now that the idea of food as medicine has become more mainstream, we’ve begun taking a closer look at how what we eat can influence different aspects of our health, including our mental health. Though we’ve known for a while that our diet can impact our psychological well-being, new research out of Macquarie University in Australia found evidence that a …

Talk Therapy and Medication Are Equally Effective for Treating Depression, New Study Finds

If you’re one of the approximately 16 million Americans who live with depression, you may have tried talk therapy, medication, or a combination of both to treat the condition. While people have had success using both methods, is one more effective than the other in the long run? According to new research out of the University of Michigan, after five …

No Scientific Evidence That Cannabinoids Improves Mental Health Conditions

Over the past two years, most people went from never hearing of something called “CBD” to seeing products containing the substance sold everywhere from gas stations to DSW (yes, the shoe store). Given how quickly cannabidiol (CBD) products became mainstream, it’s taking a while for research to catch up with it. Namely, whether CBD and other cannabinoids live up to …

Fish Oil Supplements Do Nothing to Treat Anxiety or Depression

If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, a therapist or even a doctor may have suggested that you start taking fish oil supplements to help with the condition. The scientific evidence behind this claim has been somewhat inconclusive. But after a systematic review of data from existing clinical trials, researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the United Kingdom …

Exercise May Help Prevent New Bouts of Depression

When it comes to exercise and depression, there are generally two camps: those who workout as a way to keep their depression at bay and swear by its mind-boosting effects, and those who struggle to get out of bed and can’t imagine breaking a sweat is an effective way to manage mental health conditions. If, like me, you fall into …

Yoga Can Significantly Improve Your Sleep and Help Reduce Anxiety and Depression

If you’re someone who enjoys taking a yoga class, then you probably reap some of its many health benefits, like increased flexibility and relaxation. And while we may turn to yoga when we’re feeling stiff or stressed, new research out of the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has found that it can also help treat anxiety and depression both …

Avoiding Foods With Added Sugar May Help Treat and Prevent Depression

Everyone has their favorite comfort foods (hello, beloved cheese), but it turns out, some foods may actually make us feel worse mentally. Specifically, new research from the University of Kansas found that eating foods with added sugar can trigger biological processes related to symptoms of depression — especially during the winter. An article published in the journal Medical Hypotheses detailed …

EXCLUSIVE: Author Ben Westhoff Breaks Down the Relationship Between Fentanyl Addiction and Mental Health

In 2018, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. died from the Opioid, Fentanyl – a drug that is killing more people than any drug in American history, including heroin, meth and crack. But despite its potency and all of the lives it’s claimed (musicians Prince, Tom Petty and rapper Mac Miller all reportedly died from a Fentanyl overdose), people still don’t know much about Fentanyl …

Mindfulness Can Help People Face Their Fears

Over the past several years, there has been mounting evidence that mindfulness can be helpful for treating mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, but new research has found that the practice may also help people face their fears.` The study was a collaborative effort between researchers from the University of Southern Denmark, Uppsala University, Lund University, Peking University and …