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by 214 · about 4 hours ago

I'm a clinician looking for testimonials from those whose mental health condition may have resolved itself in part thanks to changes in diet. Particularly those who have been diagnosed with a "mental disorder" in the past such as ADHD,... (more)

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Methodician 0 · August 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

ADHD since I was a little boy, now 28 I wouldn't say it's "cured" but then I am only about a month into this and only very recently got strict about it so we'll see how far it goes. I'm not going ketogenic but will consider testing it for a few... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

Hi, Around a year ago i woke up and felt empty like something was missing. Usually i would wake up feeling slightly stressed but i felt hormonally blank. Since that occured i had trouble sleeping, i also had no desire to do anything. I went out... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · August 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Cannabis can actually damage the brain, especially in young people. It really interferes with your ability to focus mentally and form and retain new memories. A week and a half isn't nearly long enough for your body to detoxify from daily... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 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

Hey PaleoHacker's, If anyone is willing to read through this all and help, i don't know, I'll do anything to repay for the advice I'll receive...I've asked a couple questions about a set (rather large set) of symptoms I've been having for a... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · January 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Alright, well tbh I've been skinny, stressed and with back problems. I've had eye floaters and auras around signs or what not and a vision doctor told ME that was normal, so idk. If you have a disk problem one of the best things you can do is have... (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 219 · about 5 hours ago

I suffer from anxiety, and I find that a cup of bone broth (from daylong-simmered beef joint bones) is EXTREMELY relaxing for me. In fact, I would say that it works as well as a prescription anti-anxiety pill like lorazepam for my more acute... (more)

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Sarah_Wilson 0 · October 08, 2012 at 3:46 AM

I agree with the observation. I include a few links to research in this post http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/01/how-to-make-bone-broth-and-why-you-should/ (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 603 · about 5 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 5 hours ago

Most of us move to a paleo diet to increase health and longevity and I would say a smaller percentage make the change to increase athletic performance. However, as we all know health, longevity, and even athletic performance is much more than... (more)

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Maoomba 0 · January 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

As someone who was raised in a small, agricultural community where people raised a lot of their own food (veg, fruit, and animal), spent time together and in the outdoors, had personal and business relationships supported by trust, crafted (from... (more)

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by 60 · about 5 hours ago

what foods to include macronutrient composition love to hear your thoughts :)

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AndyM 0 · December 08, 2011 at 1:17 PM

The same as is good for all other aspects of health.

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by 1683 · about 5 hours ago

Yesterday, I posted a question titled "Does anybody feel like Paleo isnt working?!" I proceeded to explain a meltdown I recently had, some numbers, and some facts about me...someone brought up a possibility for me to have developed slight body... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · November 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

You should see a professional counselor about it. I think setting goals for body fat that are sub-fertile (for Western women) and thus evolutionarily suboptimal regardless of whether you intend to have children or not is concerning, but only a... (more)

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by 1000 · about 5 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 5 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 5 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 19479 · about 5 hours ago

In his article [Food for Though][1], Jamie Fellrath reported that his own personal journey with Paleo eating led to a significant reduction in ADHD symptoms. I too have much greater levels of focus, creativity, and mental clarity through exercise... (more)

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Kathi 0 · June 03, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I have much, much more mental energy. Probably physical too, but I notice the mental aspect more. It's tough sometimes to stay with my 5 yr old since her mental capacity is on a whole other level......I noticed recently that even if I miss a... (more)

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by 2437 · about 5 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 5 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 5 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 354 · about 5 hours ago

I don't know where else to find this.. my parents give horrible advice. I just need someone with life experience to help a young guy out! Is there a way to improve confidence? Or is it just something that happens through life experiences? ... (more)

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Tom_4 0 · January 24, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Some practical ways to build confidence (without the theory behind it): 1 - Set goals and do them. Success is taking action, not necessarily succeeding in your goals. Goals can be related to everything that is of value to you specifically (some... (more)

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by 941 · about 5 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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