Tagged: serotonin

Exploring psilocybin therapy as a treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

As the dark days of winter stretch out ahead of us, you may be feeling the icy grip of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD, a depression caused by the reduced sunlight during winter, can make you feel groggy, unfocused, and irritable.

It’s common for Americans to experience such winter blues; around 4-6 per cent of people suffer from winter depression, and another 10-20 per cent experience mild symptoms of SAD. And SAD isn’t just about disliking cold weather; for many people, it has negative effects on their professional and personal lives, making it hard to form bonds with others or be productive.

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Why the weather affects how you feel

By Dr Mercola

Weather can be sunny, stormy, dreary or unpredictable but then so, too, can your mood. The way you feel on any given day may actually be intricately tied to the weather forecast in ways science is only beginning to understand. Continue reading

Probiotics may help alleviate depression

Probiotics, which are typically known for their effects on the digestive tract, are becoming a hot topic in the field of psychology. Previous research shows a potential role in alleviating anxiety.

And now, a recent study suggests that probiotics may even help to alleviate depression. The results were published in the journal, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Continue reading