Depression and Diet

I found this article in one of my doctorate program folders and found it interesting and thought that I would share.  Some of the information is dated and I’m sure there are more current articles but the information is interesting.  When you are struggling with depression, you will need an arsenal to combat it so that you feel better.  Eating foods …

The Magic Pill in Healing from Depression

Don’t you wish there was a magic pill?  Something that we can take to make us happy and forget all of the difficulties in life? Sounds great, right! Do antidepressants fit this definition? Well, let’s talk about antidepressant medication. There are three generations of antidepressants as follows: Category                                  Drug Class Generic Names First-generation Tricyclic antidepressants (TCA’S) Amitriptyline, Clomipramine, Desipramine, …

The Three Legs of Anxiety

Have you ever heard of the three legs of anxiety? Anxiety is not a simple disorder and needs to be treated from a whole system approach.  Anxiety cannot just be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication if you want to live a life free of anxiety. Here is a visual representation of what I’m talking about:   Emotional …

Does caffeine make anxiety worse?

Let’s take a look at Caffeine and how and why it could have effects on your body and the relationship with anxiety. Stimulants are drugs that basically increase and speed the bodies systems.  Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant.  The sympathetic nervous system triggers a response that is referred to as the fight or flight response.  So, when we are anxious …