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Micronutrients in Mental Health Series III Folic acid has been widely researched for the treatment of depression. In this post we will continue our Micronutrients in Mental Health Series, covering the 3rd nutrient implicated in depression and anemia with our discussion of folate. The name ‘folate’ is derived from the Latin ‘folium’ which means foliage, […]

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month, and with the warmer days and more sun, it hopefully is easier for people to get motivated to move! Doctors have a tendency to overlook or understate the value of exercise in being busy to find the best treatment(s) for a patient’s ills, but the effects of […]

Antidepressant-induced hypomania or mania is defined as a short-term reaction to medication. This phenomenon, referred to as “switching”, occurs within 2 months of treatment initiation (if it occurs).1  Antidepressants can also cause long-term mood destabilization in bipolar treatment even in the absence of a short-term manic or bipolar switch.1,2  Properly diagnosing bipolar disorder is challenging […]

Circadian rhythm imbalances are at the root of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), a number of sleep disorders, jet lag, some cases of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder and Shift Work Disorder (a circadian rhythm sleep disorder). (For more on how to address S.A.D, see my blog post  entitled ‘How to keep the Winter Blues at Bay‘. ) […]

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Well the time for spreading holiday cheer has come! To keep the holidays spirited and healthy, I thought that I would share some tips and counsel about how to indulge healthily this season (limiting the ill effects of alcohol and exploring bitters, verjus, non alcoholic mocktails). And in case you overdo it, I discuss the […]

Micronutrients in Mental Health Series III Folic acid has been widely researched for the treatment of depression. In this post we will continue our Micronutrients in Mental Health Series, covering the 3rd nutrient implicated in depression and anemia with our discussion of folate. The name ‘folate’ is derived from the Latin ‘folium’ which means foliage, […]

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month, and with the warmer days and more sun, it hopefully is easier for people to get motivated to move! Doctors have a tendency to overlook or understate the value of exercise in being busy to find the best treatment(s) for a patient’s ills, but the effects of […]

Antidepressant-induced hypomania or mania is defined as a short-term reaction to medication. This phenomenon, referred to as “switching”, occurs within 2 months of treatment initiation (if it occurs).1  Antidepressants can also cause long-term mood destabilization in bipolar treatment even in the absence of a short-term manic or bipolar switch.1,2  Properly diagnosing bipolar disorder is challenging […]

Signs of spring are starting to show – with bulbs pushing through the soil and buds on trees forming. With the first day of spring still a few weeks away, now is the time to plan for a spring cleanse. Cleansing has been performed for centuries, but is perhaps all the more important in our […]

Circadian rhythm imbalances are at the root of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), a number of sleep disorders, jet lag, some cases of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder and Shift Work Disorder (a circadian rhythm sleep disorder). (For more on how to address S.A.D, see my blog post  entitled ‘How to keep the Winter Blues at Bay‘. ) […]

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.

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Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, July 26, 2013

In last month’s blog post on iron’s role in mental (and physical) health, we covered one of a trio of ferromagnetic metals found in nature. Cobalt is another such metal that has a prominent role in our mental (and physical) health. Cobalt is seldom found in its free form, needing to exist in compounds with…> read more

Categories: Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Diet & Nutrition, Schizophrenia & Psychosis, Supplements Tags: celiac disease, Cyanocobalamin, memory, nutrient deficiencies, vegan, vegetarian, Vitamin B12, vitamins

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the coming months, I will be covering different vitamins and minerals and their role in mental (and physical) health.  In mental health I think that the role of optimal nutrition is often overlooked. This blog series Naturopathic Mental Health Blog| Psychology & Psychiatry | A Healthy State of Mind aims to change that and to offer you a glimpse into homeopathic forms of…> read more

Categories: Depression, Diet & Nutrition, Homeopathy, Psychiatry, Supplements Tags: Anemia, Dysthymia, Hormonal imbalances, Iron-deficiency Anemia

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Monday, May 27, 2013

This tome of psychiatry has evolved to become a more complex categorization of mental illness than ever before. The scope and perspectives of individual practitioners, including many naturopathic physicians, psychiatric mental health practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health care providers, remain much broader and more inclusive in their approach than the new Diagnostic & Statistical…> read more

Categories: Psychiatry, Psychology Tags: DSM-5

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Monday, May 27, 2013

Spring is the time to tonify and care for the liver. In Chinese Medicine, the spring is the season of the liver and gallbladder. It is a time to eat simple, light and fresh fare to give our liver and our spirits a chance to renew themselves after the heavier, richer foods of winter. Young,…> read more

Categories: Depression, Digestion & Gastrointestinal Health Tags: Alcohol, Cholesterol, detoxification, drugs, emotions, Hormonal imbalances, Irritability, medications, Mood, vegetables

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Thursday, February 7, 2013

Circadian rhythm imbalances are at the root of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), a number of sleep disorders, jet lag, some cases of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder and Shift Work Disorder. (For more on how to address S.A.D, see the October 2012 blog post  ‘How to keep the Winter Blues at Bay”. ) It is estimated that…> read more

Categories: Circadian Rhythms, Sleep Tags: Chronotherapy, Chronotype, insomnia, Light therapy, MEQ, Shift Work Disorder- SWD

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Well the time for spreading holiday cheer has come! To keep the holidays spirited and healthy, I thought that I would share some tips and counsel about how to indulge healthily. I began this blog posting hoping to cover a number of topics (digestion tips, ways of dealing with holiday stressors, etc.), but alas, with…> read more

Categories: Diet & Nutrition, Digestion & Gastrointestinal Health, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy Tags: Alcohol, Bitters, Cardiovascular, Cholesterol, hangover, holidays, liver, New Year resolutions, Verjus

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Monday, October 15, 2012

Seasonal changes are known to affect those suffering from a number of psychiatric complaints. Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) is the most common diagnosis for those suffering from seasonal changes. S.A.D. affects about 6% of the U.S. population. A milder form of S.A.D., known as the Winter Blues or Subsyndromal S.A.D.,  affects approximately 14 % of…> read more

Categories: Bipolar Disorder, Circadian Rhythms, Depression, Sleep Tags: Chronotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dawn Simulator, Light Box, Light therapy, Mood, mood log, Sex drive, Sleep restriction, Weight gain, winter blues

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, September 28, 2012

As the Environmental Medicine blog series draws to a close, we are working our way from toxins found outside our bodies to those that are found inside. A main route of entry to ingested toxins is through the food and water we consume. As our environment and food supply have become increasingly complex and modernized,…> read more

Categories: Diet & Nutrition, Environmental Medicine Tags: body burden, BPA, detoxification, environmental medicine, GMO, Heavy Metals, Hormonal imbalances, liver health, organic

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, August 31, 2012

Is your liquid soap contributing to bacterial resistance, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), social impairment or metabolic problems? Is the ingredient that makes your shampoo lather contaminated with a carcinogenic compound? Or is the lotion that you use potentially affecting your hormones and fertility?  The personal care products industry is a large and ever-growing enterprise…> read more

Categories: ADD/ADHD, Environmental Medicine Tags: Behavior, Dirty Dozen, Endocrine Disruptors, environmental medicine, Fertility, Heavy Metals, Hormonal imbalances, Neurotoxicity, Thyroid

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Thursday, July 12, 2012

Well if you haven’t yet got to that spring cleaning or are working on home improvement projects this summer, now is your chance to clean for your health and for that of your family and pets! Toxins can be found in a wide array of household products, furnishings and equipment and contribute to a myriad…> read more

Categories: Environmental Medicine Tags: ADHD, environmental medicine, EPA, EWG, Heavy Metals, HEPA, neuropsychiatric

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