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Can Your Diet Make You Feel Depressed?

If you’re feeling down, it might be your diet. However, do not expect your diet to make you feel happy; most often, a good diet will only prevent you from feeling depressed. Read More

I explored the connection

I explored the connection between eating habits and depression in my latest blog, and I ran into this article looking for different perspectives on the issue. I appreciate the author's perspective here, that what you eat is related to depression, but it's not the entire cause or cure. In my own experience, I am more prone to depression when I eat more junk than whole foods, but some junk here and there doesn't break me. Despite lack of adequate scientific evidence, I do think that eating mostly unprocessed foods can also help lift depression. In the end, though, it's more important to eat *something* than the "right" thing.

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Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University.

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