The Brain Food Blog
Inspiration, ideas and overviews of the latest in brain food, mental health and what we’re up to.
My moment of truth professionally came in 2014 at the American Psychiatric Association annual conference. I had picked up on the increased interest in Nutritional Psychiatry, but I was still concerned with what my colleagues might think. To my surprise, my concern...read more
What is nutritional psychiatry? If you’ve read about how omega-3 fats can benefit brain health or how the gut microbiome impacts depression, you are reading about nutritional psychiatry. This emerging area of attention in mental health seeks to understand how our...read more
Depression levels are at an all-time high. Unlike heart disease and cancer, mental illness strikes at earlier ages. In fact, among people aged 15 - 44, depressive disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. And in 2020, depression will be the top cause of...read more
Heard the buzz about omega-3s? Good for inflammation, brain health, depression and even increasing IQ points in children… the list is endless. But for those of us who didn't grow up eating seafood, getting in good quality Omega-3 fatty acids can be a challenge. I...read more
Last month, the Departments of Psychiatry and Journalism at Columbia University organized the first Columbia Conference on Mental Health Journalism & Media. The room was filled with award winning journalists and psychiatrists, researchers, mental health advocates,...read more
The polar vortex reminded us that Winter is not quite gone. And while Spring is around the corner, for many people, the grip of seasonal depression has really taken hold. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) occurs as a depressive episode as the seasons change, and tends...read more