Naturopathic Mental Health Blog| Psychology & Psychiatry | A Healthy State of Mind

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, November 4, 2016

  Have you ever gone to your doctor feeling that something was off, but testing revealed that ‘nothing’ was wrong? At least nothing according to conventional medical diagnosis of disease and interpretation of laboratory test results… In naturopathic and functional medicine, however, we are taught to use laboratory testing (along with an in-depth physical exam…> read more

Categories: Depression, Hormones Tags: Functional medicine, Laboratory Testing, nutrient deficiencies, Thyroid, Vitamin D

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Saturday, March 26, 2016

I was interviewed for the article posted below in conjunction with teaching a Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam class for Doctoral Nutrition Students at Maryland University of Integrative Health. I will share more of my teaching work in a future post/website update. For now I will leave you with this article – I hope that you find…> read more

Categories: Diet & Nutrition Tags: minerals, nutrient deficiencies, Physical Signs and Symptoms, vitamins

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, October 17, 2014

To my readers: I so enjoy writing about naturopathic health-related topics in mental health and keeping interested readers, patients and colleagues informed. At times there are just too many demands to put together a cogent blog post and newsletter…and now is one of them! I am currently working on several fronts in both my practice,…> read more

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Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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 (I include myself…> read more

Categories: Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Exercise, Psychiatric Medications, Schizophrenia & Psychosis, Sleep Tags: exercise, insomnia

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Thursday, April 3, 2014

In naturopathic school, I tired of hearing, no matter what the health complaint, ‘Treat the Gut’! Really?! At first it was a little hard to swallow that one’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract could affect so much.  I must say that this is now much easier to swallow after seeing the improved mental health in so many…> read more

Categories: ADD/ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Diet & Nutrition, Digestion & Gastrointestinal Health, Schizophrenia & Psychosis Tags: Campbell-McBride, diet, Food allergies, GAPS, Gastrointestinal Health, GI, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, gut flora

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Thursday, February 27, 2014

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…> read more

Categories: Diet & Nutrition, Environmental Medicine Tags: Ayurveda, cleansing, detoxification, spring

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Friday, January 31, 2014

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, as it is abundant in leafy…> read more

Categories: Depression, Diet & Nutrition, Supplements Tags: 5-MTHF, Anemia, anticonvulsants, Deplin, genetic polymorphism, medication, Metafolin, Mood, MTHFR, oral contraceptives, proton pump inhibitors, vegetables, vitamins

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The holidays are a time of increased stress for many and as year-end tasks pile up, it can make it challenging to get the support and perspective one needs to re-prioritize. As stress can be cumulative, and is also hard to objectify, I think that introducing a scale to assess the burden of stress in…> read more

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: Hans Selye, Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale, Kelly McGonigal, resilience, stress, TEDS

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

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