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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

I've had OCD since I can remember, and I've been on medication [Citalopram, 20mg, going onto 40mg] for the last year or so. I really hate having to take medication to help my condition and am looking for alternative ways t help it. I've heard... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · July 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Are you working with a therapist? OCD is one of the most treatable psychologial problems, and before (or at the same time as) you mess around with your diet, you might want to try an approach that's scientifically established to help with a very... (more)

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by 252 · about 5 hours ago

I have been wanting to start the GAPS diet in an effort to "heal my mind" so to speak. Unfortunately I cannot purchase the book at this moment, and only have listened to Dr. Natash-Campbell McBrides interviews with Dr. Mercola and others. I've... (more)

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primalpat 0 · January 05, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I'm really not a fan of GAPS for a few reasons. Having said that... ...prebiotics are found in many foods that you will not be eating on GAPS. Think soluble fiber, like starchy stuff. But they're also found in raw and cooked onion, raw garlic,... (more)

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by 1000 · about 5 hours ago

Without watching this movie, I suspect it's mostly proving their point, but not actually suggesting what we need to do. So, to anyone who's seen it, what are the bullet points for what the movie says that I DO in order to heal my brain. Is there... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · January 04, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Been a while since I watched it, but there was enough good stuff in it that I ended up buying it. Maybe I should watch it again this weekend. (And I've seen both Food Matters and Hungry for Change, so I hope I'm recalling the right one in what I... (more)

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by 85 · about 5 hours ago

Hello! I'm a lifelong fattie- my adult life I have spent between 220 and 230 lbs, at 5'8". I have struggled with depression since I was nine, and my last year in high school I gained 100 lb over nine months- I graduated in 2002 at 295 lbs. I... (more)

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WayfinderAli 0 · September 28, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Congrats on your bravery for facing your problems! Depression can be crippling. I struggle with anxiety/depression/procrastination and I found a book that is unbelievable helpful for all of those things. It's called Feeling Good- The New Mood... (more)

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by 789 · about 5 hours ago

I'd post it on a social anxiety board, but I kind of assume that some of them can contribute it to their eating habits, so who better to ask than a bunch of life loving healthy paleos? I struggle with this issue of anxiety and it's very... (more)

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Scott_20 0 · September 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Your problem is actually an issue that many of the perceived, most confident people can run into. I am a sales leader for one of the top ten companies in America. We have 275k employees, and operate in every state. I have sales folks that work... (more)

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by 180 · about 5 hours ago

I've been paleo the past 2 weeks, and things are definetly improving for me in the bloating and digestion department, but the mental symptoms are not getting better. Before switching to paleo I was already gluten free/dairy free/soy free the past... (more)

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Teufy 0 · September 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM

My keto flu was awful. Same symptoms, including the restless sleeping. Taking a few drops of Valerian root in herbal tea each night before bed helped me sleep soundly until it passed. It will definitely subside. Bonus: You'll get sick much, much... (more)

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by 12677 · about 5 hours ago

What foods can improve our mood? For myself, I vote tea and oranges. Not sure about oranges, but there are some double blind studies supporting tea's effects on stress: "The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and... (more)

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Dan_29 0 · August 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM

High quality salmon, lots of kale. Lots of sea salt. Seriously, though. I get high on kale.

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by 124 · about 5 hours ago

I suffer from a cocktail of mental disorders due to stressful life events, and I was interested in knowing if anyone else's mental issues have been affected at all by going paleo? Have you noticed any improvement? Or has it made your symptoms... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · July 08, 2012 at 8:11 PM

In my case the paleo diet helped me with problems I didn't know I had. I have a history of moodiness, a short temper, ups and downs in energy, poor sleep, and not coping well with stress. The paleo diet really helped on several fronts, primarily... (more)

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by 8014 · about 5 hours ago

Hey gang, Apologies for the uber-long question, but I think this is an important issue. I've been meaning to post this for a while and have finally gotten my thoughts together, inspired by this thread:... (more)

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tummyrumblr 0 · June 07, 2012 at 6:44 PM

It's like you went from free-range to feedlot! I, too, struggle with depression about my job and the things that it requires of me (a LOT of driving, mostly). In addition to the personal frustrations of spending several hours a day in/as... (more)

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by 8933 · about 5 hours ago

Once during a lecture, Alfred Korzybski offered his students some cookies, which they seemed to enjoy, then he showed them a label on the bag, ???dog cookies,??? and some of them felt sick. "I have just demonstrated that people don't just eat... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · June 06, 2012 at 2:07 PM

This is a great question! My opinion is that it goes both ways: Mental state <--> Physical state. In my prior years of practicing Japanese Buddhism, the concept of "shiki shin funi" was emphasized. This is often thought of as the "oneness of... (more)

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by 865 · about 6 hours ago

Hi guys - I'm hoping for some advice on how to really work on myself. I just graduated college and I have about two months of doing NOTHING before my job starts, and I want to use this time to tackle some of the food demons that I've dealt with... (more)

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Portesa 0 · May 06, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You are doing some great things to help heal your relationship with food. As someone who dealt with anorexia and bulimia as a teen, and with binge eating most of my life, I'll share what's helped for me: 1) I focus on health rather than weight... (more)

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by 603 · about 6 hours ago

Lithium (Li) is a trace mineral, used in the treatment of bipolar disorder at doses hundreds of times higher than that from diet. The main dietary sources are vegetables and grains, followed by dairy. The concentration in water varies widely:... (more)

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tdgor 0 · April 09, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Here's a fun fact: lithium citrate was one of the original ingredients of 7Up (much like the cocaine in Cola-Cola). All American beverage makers were required to remove lithium from their products in 1948. A less fun fact: lithium causes weight... (more)

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by 5768 · about 6 hours ago

I was reading Melissa's McEwen's recent blog post on IBS (http://huntgatherlove.com/content/why-paleo-didnt-fix-my-ibs), which got me thinking about if this ambiguous "syndrome" is more organic or mental. I suffered from IBS for 7 LONG years and... (more)

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Karen_P_ 0 · February 03, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I'm not sure we can separate mental from physical causes. There is a lot of new research into the gut and its universe of bacteria, and what intrigues me the most is how these bacteria relate to, and may in fact control, many neurological... (more)

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by 45 · about 6 hours ago

Depression leaves you cold and heartless sometimes and I wonder if that could also be one of the causes for you to lose your feelings or love for someone. I had a bf who loved me but not anymore cause he's been depressed for months now and he has... (more)

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by 1000 · about 6 hours ago

Hello Paleohacks community! I'm new here, but have been having feeling terrible in the mornings, like I'm hungover! Sometimes throughout the entire day I feel like I'm on drugs, though I'm not! I follow the Paleo diet faithfully, but can't... (more)

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Nemesis 0 · November 03, 2011 at 4:37 PM

How much water are you drinking each day? Hangovers are mainly due to dehydration via the diruetic effect of alcohol. I've found that as long as I alternate one glass of water for every alcoholic drink I have (which isn't many) I have zero... (more)

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by 78422 · about 6 hours ago

There's no doubt that I get a sense of clarity and warm, good feeling after eating coconut oil, but recently I've been cooking every meal with it and think I'm over dosing. I'm feeling too clear minded and spacey, like I'm floating. Anyone else... (more)

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Albert_2 0 · September 08, 2011 at 2:59 PM

You sure you're not in love?

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by 453 · about 6 hours ago

Besides diet and exercise, that is. I've been slowly weaning myself off of a SSRI, but I'm finding the process frustrating and difficult. I was wondering if anyone had herbs (St. John's Wort, Kava, et al.) or lifestyle changes they've used in... (more)

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Carina 0 · September 06, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Oh, boy, have I!! First off, I like to get a little bit of exercise every day - even if it's just walking for twenty minutes or doing some paleo squats - that helps a bit. I also got a full-spectrum light bulb (it was like, $25.00) and I stare... (more)

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by 2246 · about 6 hours ago

From being in the military reserves for 7 years, and for 3 years being a full time instructor teaching on basic level courses. I've seen people break, 90% of the time they breakdown mentally. They shut down, unresponsive they hit a point were they... (more)

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MauraZehuva 0 · August 07, 2011 at 12:36 AM

I lift not only because it make me feel strong but because it makes me feel competent.I schooled myself on all the equipment and know what muscle I am training,why and how to do it in the most optimal way. I always rack all my own weights. I tell... (more)

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by 4873 · about 6 hours ago

I'm auditing an Abnormal Psych course and the instructor brought up the role of nutrition in stabilizing moods. He suggested gluten was responsible for the considerable increase in anti-depressants and that glucose triggers "manic" behavior (like... (more)

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Rose 0 · June 26, 2011 at 2:50 AM

When I started the Eades's Protein Power plan in 2007, I was on Celexa and Depakote, and had been on some combination of various anti-depressants and anti-seizure meds since 2001. I felt different right away, and after a couple weeks decided to... (more)

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by 2437 · about 6 hours ago

Ive pretty much "cured" my anxiety on Paleo but there are so many things that Ive changed that Im not sure what really fixed it. Sometimes recommending full Paleo to someone is a bit overwhelming to them so I was wondering what some of the main... (more)

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Maria_3 0 · March 22, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Can't believe nobody mentioned gluten/food intolerance. Whenever I get glutened, my anxiety/depression comes back for a day or two, until the worst effects wear off. I'm convinced having wheat every day on SAD is what gave me that problem in the... (more)

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by 12174 · about 6 hours ago

Does your personality have two sides - the Paleo You and the NonPaleo You? Is NonPaleo You - the one you perhaps last experienced after a couple of weeks on refined sugars, industrial oils, etc. - anxious, mood swingy, morose, despondent,... (more)

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MF 0 · April 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Short Answer: Yes. When I splurge and have a few tacos and some beers, or go for dessert after a fine dining experience it takes a day to get back to normal. I'm tired, cranky, feel like ass, etc. I like to think that the occasional splurge... (more)

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by 2437 · about 6 hours ago

I stopped life long crushing depression by doing an autoimmune version of the paleo diet (back/neck pain largely went away as well). I also more then cut in half my generalized anxiety (both along w/ADD diagnosed at Amen Clinic). However, my ADD... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · April 25, 2011 at 2:18 PM

ADD is a disorder with no known cause but with several very interesting associations. I personally believe based upon my readings that it is an epigenetic condition caused by hypermethylation of genes involved in dopamine transport proteins. ... (more)

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by 941 · about 6 hours ago

We know video games keep one in their seat and not exercising. Recent studies have shown everything from benefits to cognitive reasoning to influencing negative behavior. Has anyone has the opportunity to examine some of these studies? What is the... (more)

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Phoenix 0 · January 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I was literally OBSESSED with video games growing up. I played them constantly; every genre, every system. I would take my gameboy (which looks like a brick compared to the ones they have nowadays) pretty much everywhere I went. All of this was... (more)

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by 7063 · about 6 hours ago

Has anybody got any tips on how to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (or winter depression)? Sometimes it is extremely difficult to get enough sunshine, especially in the more northern climes of the globe, during the winter months and I was... (more)

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HeatherC 0 · January 09, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Would definitely be taking at least 5,000 iu of Vitamin D since you're not getting it from the sun right now. It really seems to help me feel good when I'm not getting enough sun.

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by 623 · about 6 hours ago

Ive seen some threads about Paleo and depression but was wondering if anyone could expand upon how going Paleo in their life has helped any mental disorders they have similar to the ones listed. Im speaking about diet but also the way we were... (more)

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Fearsclave 0 · May 08, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I suffered from a couple of major depressions through 1999-2001 and 2004-2005. I managed to weather them through antidepressants. What ended them was lots of weight and cardio the first time, and the second time was a divorce, change of... (more)

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