The Most Important Missing Link for Mental Health Today

Great blog about one of the more overlooked factors contributing to poor mental health-an unhealthy diet.  Like many aspects of mental illness, poor nutrition and a negative mental state reinforce each other, creating a downward spiral that affects both physical and mental well being.  And like in other aspects of our lives, it can be very beneficial to be mindful of what we eat and even how we prepare our meals.  Read more here.

Blue Monday Isn’t the Only Day Depression Can Strike. Here’s How I Cope.


Though Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very real and debilitating form of mental illness, its important to remember that depression is not simply consigned to specific times of the year.  By implication this means that, though depression can strike at the heart of summer, we also do not need to ‘resign’ ourselves to feeling bad during the winter months.  This blog gives some helpful coping strategies, no matter the date nor the weather.  Read them here.

Books Podcast: What Really Causes Depression?

Podcast about an interesting (and controversial) new book written by Johann Hari.  Entitled Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression- and the Unexpected Solutions, Mr. Hari’s book offers a different, and sometimes critical, perspective when in reaction to more main stream opinions concerning mental illness.  Read more here.

Leveraging Smartphones in Patient Care

Interesting article published by two doctors considering the potential impact of smartphones to help monitor information relevant to mental illness.  Smart phones have become ubiquitous in Western society and are increasingly penetrating developing spaces so there is a lot of potential to exploit the extensive reach of this technology.  Read the article here.

Dual Diagnosis: Why Substance Abuse Worsens Your Mental Health

Blog posted by experts from the Cleveland Clinic briefs the different factors that lead to high rates of ‘co-occurrence’, ie instances of both mental illness and substance abuse.  It also clearly points out that though the problems associated with both can be overwhelming due to their overlapping, interwoven and mutually reinforcing tendencies, there are plenty of options to help treat the illness.  Read the blog here.

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