Anxiety and Depression Would a High Fat Diet Help?

  • By: kim
  • Date: June 23, 2015
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Recently I have read Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Diet. One of the messages that hit home to me was the way in which a high fat diet (with the right fats) may improve your brain function. Dave Asprey himself was able to see huge improvements in his own brain function. My own personal experience is the amazing differences I feel when eating high fat and in ketosis, compared to eating excessive quantities of carbs.

Anxiety and Depression

It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious or depressed from time to time in response to life’s stressors. However when these feelings become prolonged, disproportionate or apparent for no significant reason and are affecting normal daily functioning, they need to be addressed. Thankfully diagnosis and treatment methods have come a long way, with many public health campaigns working towards bringing mental illness ‘out of the shadows’.

The co-occurrence of anxiety and depression is a noted feature of these disorders, while behavioral and emotional symptoms may differ within the two, the fact remains they are both an unnatural and unwelcome state of mental health. Characterized by a constant overwhelming state of fear or worry, anxiety can be debilitating too in its physical manifestations. The symptoms of depression may be similar with unrelenting feelings of sadness or despair.

The exact cause of such mental illness is still unclear; however changes in brain chemistry, genetic factors, and hormone function are all believed to play a role. Irrespective of the cause, mental illness requires and generally responds to professional treatment.

Best Methods of Treating Anxiety and Depression

Our understanding of mental illness has evolved over time, yet it still presents certain difficulties. Diagnostically speaking depression and anxiety primarily affects the way an individual thinks, feels and in most cases subsequently behaves; therefore we generally rely upon patients to identify these changes themselves and seek help. In some case family members or close friends may be able to identify vulnerable individuals and assist in requesting attention.

Once diagnosed however treatment can be quite successful using a variety of approaches; the most common of which are psychological therapies or ‘talking therapies’. Such therapies are generally administered by a qualified psychologist and involve either behavior modification (Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT) or examination of intrapersonal and interpersonal patterns and behaviors.

Generally work will be done to identify and address key triggers and ways of managing future events. Such therapies are often combined with a focus on improving nutrition and encouraging regular exercise, which itself can actively promote a healthy mental state. Indeed, a safe and effective first step towards self-empowerment is taking control over one’s diet. The benefits are both psychological and physiological.

Reducing or eliminating spikes caused by sugar-laden foods and stimulants, such as excess coffee, cigarettes, etc., will help in reducing the debilitating feelings associated with general anxiety.

Young people and children unfortunately are just as vulnerable to mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. While often harder to detect; once diagnosed applied therapies specifically designed for children can usually assist the child in living a happier and more fulfilling childhood.

A happier childhood better prepares the child for dealing with the stresses of teen years and young adulthood. The healthy and safe transition of young adulthood enables the individual to prepare for and live a life feeling in control, empowered and able to deal with everyday challenges.

Finally the use of antidepressant medication may be required; this depends on the severity of the illness and is most often used in conjunction with psychotherapies. Antidepressants can be very effective in some situations and like any medical case; treatment is generally specifically tailored to suit the individual.

Further Reading and Resources

Your Brain On Ketones

The modern prescription of high carbohydrate, low fat diets and eating snacks between meals has coincided with an increase in obesity, diabetes, and and increase in the incidence of many mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders….read more

Can an Atkins-style diet really fight depression? Research suggests low-carb, high-fat foods can drastically improve mental health

An increasing number of scientists are pointing to the Ketogenic diet – similar in nature to the low-carb, high-protein Atkins and Caveman meal plans, which have shown promising results in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder…….Read more

Why Your Ancestors Didn’t Have Anxiety Or Depression And You Do

Our ancestors, whether from one thousand or one hundred years ago, did not fear fat. The low-fat craze is still alive and well, just take a look around your grocery store. Skim milk, low-fat cheese and 0% yogurt are easier to get a hold of than their full-fat counterparts. While our ancestors ate lard, eggs and meat, many people have moved away from this ancestral diet and instead adopted a more plant based, high-carb, low-fat diet… more

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