Can Exercise Prevent Depression?

A large group of healthy individuals in Norway may have staved off depression with a small but regular amount of exercise. What does this tell us about how exercise might work?

On The Evolution of the Serotonin Transporter Gene

If behavior can be predicted by genotype, we have ethical challenges for the future we can start thinking about now.

Is Vulnerability to Stress Coded in Our Genes?

The relationship between stress and depression is complicated, but some of it is coded into our genes.

All the Stars of Food and Mood

The best and the brightest of nutritional psychiatry have come together for an amazing conference at the nation's capital.

Nature vs. Nurture and Depression

Variations in the serotonin re-uptake transporter can make big differences in the lifelong risk of depression. How did this discovery happen, and where do we go from here?

Brain Fertilizer

The genes coding for BDNF are another area where researchers are looking at the pathology behind psychiatric illness, and finding helpful clues to guide clinical treatment.

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry

A gene related to ion channels common to many families with mental illness leads us to new discoveries and treatments based on actual brain pathology.

A Roadmap to the Future of Psychiatry

New technologies and exciting innovations mean your psychiatrist may soon be able to deliver personalized treatments based on both the art of medicine and its science.

A Dietary Treatment for Depression

In a world first, Australian researchers have used a dietary change to successfully treat depression.

Practical Tips for Balancing the Omega 6-to-3 Ratio

Hopefully this article helps you think a little more about getting omega 3 in the diet and decreasing that processed food consumption to help that brain work even better.

Your Brain on Omega 3: Balancing the O3 to O6 Ratio

We know that omega 3 supplements and eating fish has the potential to help brain health. Would they work even better if we reduced the amount of omega 6 fatty acids that we eat?

Allergies and Self-injury

Both suicide and self-harm have seasonal peaks, with highest rates in the springtime. Pollen may be one of the environmental factors accounting for this link.

Can You Spice Up Your Antidepressant?

Is curcumin the next supplement to take psychiatry by storm? Not yet, but there's some promising data so far.

Your Brain on Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings transitions can affect our delicate circadian clocks, leading to disruptions in behavior and mood.

The Cutting Edge of Gut Health and Disease

What is the state of the science on gut health and disease? World experts shared their latest findings on the microbiota at a recent symposium at Harvard Medical School.

Nature Therapy

Nature exposure does indeed soothe those worried parts of the brain into thinking less and relaxing more.

Methylfolate and Resistant Depression

The evidence mounts that methylfolate can be an effective augmenting agent for depression. What do we know about this vitamin, and what are the questions and possible pitfalls?

Your Brain on Folate

The links between folate and depression are complicated, but not beyond understanding.

The Case for Supplements in Treating Depression

For decades, psychiatrists have tried to improve the treatment of major depressive disorders. There is compelling evidence supplements could play a role in this treatment.

Is Fish Oil Beneficial for the Brain?

All the latest data about mental health and omega-3 fatty acids for dementia, depression, and ultra-high risk of schizophrenia.
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B12 and the Brain

The vital vitamin might mean everything when it comes to brain health.

Probiotics for Depression

A probiotic successfully treats depression in this small trial from last year.

Heavy Metal: Lead and the Brain

How lead disrupts the brain and causes irreversible damage.

Gut, Autism, and ADHD

The microbiota in babies impacts mental health in children in surprising ways.

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain.

Heavy Metal: Iron and the Brain

Iron deficiency is an incredibly common condition associated with higher levels of psychiatric and neurologic problems.
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Does a Western Diet Shrink the Brain?

A healthy diet makes for a healthy brain, while a poor diet might actually be killing off neurons, leading to brain shrinkage and a greater risk of depression and dementia.

Toddler Temperament and the Gut

This spring and summer brought many exiting new studies teaching us more about the gut-brain connection. One article that made splashy headlines linked differences in the gut microbiome with different behavior in kids.

When Food Is Medicine

Doctors designed the dietary intervention of this study of older adults because they thought it wouldn't impact mental health compared to psychotherapy. They were in for a big mood-brightening surprise.

The Secret Life of Melatonin

Melatonin is a commonly used over the counter sleep aid, but this hormone's effect on fertility and puberty are powerful and not fully understood in humans. Caution should be exercised before any chronic use or using melatonin in kids.

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