Category Archives: Mental Health

Herbal and Nutritional Interventions for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

I experience anxiety. Sometimes it can feel uncomfortable, overwhelming, like I cannot breathe. My past was one of discomfort, overwhelm and breathlessness, regardless of the stressor or demand of the situation. It is the relentless feeling of discomfort, overwhelm and breathlessness that I believe describes generalised anxiety disorder. My experience of GAD included fretful, repetitive chatter,...
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New Treatments for Depression

Depression continues as a prevalent mental illness with the burden of disease second to heart disease only. Lifetime prevalence rates for depression in Australia stands at approximately 25 percent for females and 12 percent for males. Antidepressant medication treatment assists with approximately 30 percent of acute episodes of depression and one third of patients treated...
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General Depression and Postpartum Depression

Low B vitamin status has long been linked to depressive behaviour, especially individuals with lethargic, apathetic symptomotology (showing no interest, feeling or concern). S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe) has been repeatedly shown 'as effective' as many currently prescribed antidepressants. However, the mechanism by which SAMe elicits its response is unclear at this time. Moreover, bio-available forms of...
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Alzheimer’s Disease: Antioxidants

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease without known cure, clinical manifestations of AD are severe impairments in thought, memory, learning and language abilities. In recent times, researchers have identified multiple factors in the pathogenesis (origin) of AD, of particular note, oxidative stress. As previously mentioned, increases in oxidative stress can compromise how...
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