Episodes of stress, anxiety and depression are inevitable parts of human life, but when they become chronic and interfere with daily living, specific measures should be taken. Learn more in this section.
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Anticipating The Holiday Blues?
Do you know why so many people (including me) are depressed during the holiday season even though they’re surrounded by family and friends?Read more
Can Ayahuasca Relieve Depression?
Is ayahuasca really being investigated as a treatment for depression? Can you tell me whether or not it is effective, and whether it is available for use as an antidepressant anywhere?Read more
Can Coffee Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease?
Is it true that drinking coffee can prevent Alzheimer’s disease? If so, how much coffee would you have to drink? Can you tell me whether other caffeinated beverages have the same effect?Read more
Can Low Vitamin D Levels Cause Depression?
I’ve been told that a vitamin D deficiency can lead to depression, and I also understand that vitamin D deficiencies are very common. Is there is a link to depression?Read more
Chocolate to Boost Memory?
I’ve heard that eating chocolate can improve memory. This sounds too good to be true. Can you tell me if there is any real evidence for this and how much chocolate you would have to eat to benefit memory?Read more
Concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head or hitting the head as a result of a fall, other impacts, or being violently shaken.Read more
My brother, who recently returned from the war in Afghanistan, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. What treatments do you recommend? Can this condition be cured? Are there any medications that help?Read more
Diet for a Better Brain?
Is it true that a Mediterranean diet with extra olive oil and nuts helps improve memory and other mental functions? How much extra olive oil and nuts would you need?Read more
Do Pesticides Cause Depression?
I understand that pesticides have been linked to depression among farmers, which makes me worry that the rest of us might be affected, too. Can you tell me about the connection between pesticides and depression?Read more
Does Going Barefoot Benefit the Brain?
I recently saw an article about how walking barefoot can offer protection against Alzheimer’s disease. This seems far-fetched to me. Can you tell me whether there’s anything to it?Read more
Laugh Yourself Healthy?
I’ve often heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine,” and I have heard that laughter can benefit health. Can you tell me how and what it helps?Read more
I heard that there’s a new test that can predict depression years in advance of it occurring. Can you tell me anything about the test and where it is available?Read more
Should You Be Screened For Depression?
I understand there’s a new recommendation that pregnant women be screened for postpartum depression, which I guess is a good idea. I’ve also heard that all adults should now be screened for depression. What does this involve?Read more
Do you have any information on the use of aurum for treating depression or anxiety? I'm aware that it comes in many forms. Is one better than another?
Can 5 HTP help with narcotics withdrawal and depression? Are there any foods that will help replenish serotonin combined with 5 HTP?
I’ve been reading about electroshock therapy because it’s been recommended for a severely depressed friend. I’m horrified by the side effects. This seems to be a barbaric treatment. What are your views?
I am 27 and have been taking Adderall for ADHD for about five years. Do you know of any negative long-term effects of this drug?
Every time I hear about an E. coli outbreak, I worry that I have food poisoning. If I read about cancer, every little ache or strain makes me think of tumors. I'm always worried about my health. Would I be considered a hypochondriac?
Do you know why so many people (including me) are depressed during the holiday season even though they're surrounded by family and friends?
I've heard that taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol can lead to memory loss. Is there any truth to this? If so, can you tell me how common this is and why it happens?
A friend read an article contending that depression is over-diagnosed. Since I was once diagnosed and cured, I am skeptical. What are your views?
My workplace is very tense. Sales are off, layoffs are looming, and my immediate supervisor's demands on me are unrelenting. How can I learn to relax?
I think I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). What kind of treatment do you recommend?
I'm a 65-year-old retired man and have been trying to keep my brain engaged with reading, doing crossword puzzles and listening to classical music. Now I hear that we seniors must do much more - in particular, learn new skills in order to keep our wits about us as we age. Your thoughts?
Is ayahuasca really being investigated as a treatment for depression? Can you tell me whether or not it is effective, and whether it is available for use as an antidepressant anywhere?