Welcome to A Healthy State of Mind (AHSOM) Blog

In this blog, we will be regularly posting material to inform our readers about mental health issues and naturopathic approaches to treating mental illness. While our focus is mental health care, it has been our experience that a number of physical health conditions can cause, contribute to, or result from, mental health complaints. Thus you will see postings covering a range of physical and mental health topics along with information on naturopathic modalities. I hope that you find the blog informative. If you know of others who could benefit from it, please let them know.

Mary Fry, ND completed a National Institute of Health post-doctorate in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. She is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition & Integrative Health Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health, lectures and writes on topics of Nutrition, Naturopathic and Functional Medicine and practices in Oregon.

Common herbal supplements a concern for bipolar disorder?

Mary Fry, ND completed a National Institute of Health post-doctorate in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. She is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition & Integrative Health Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health, lectures and writes on topics of Nutrition, Naturopathic and Functional Medicine and practices in Oregon.

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Circadian Rhythms in the News – Light Therapy for Bipolar Depression & Apps to help with sleep

With more use of devices and longer, darker nights, our circadian rhythms are more vulnerable. Those suffering from bipolar disorder, insomnia or sleep disorders and those who work shifts (shift work disorder) are some of the most affected. Here are a couple of interesting and relevant articles from the news this week:

If you are interested in reading more about Circadian Rhythms and how to optimize yours, see the following blog posts:

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Mary Fry, ND completed a National Institute of Health post-doctorate in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. She is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition & Integrative Health Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health, lectures and writes on topics of Nutrition, Naturopathic and Functional Medicine and practices in Oregon.