I'm 24 and have spent the last 11 years of my life living with schizophrenia. After trying 20 different medications (including severe side effects, such as a 150 lb. weight gain) and years in psychotherapy, I still wasn't progressing.
I learned that people with schizophrenia in less developed societies (tribes in africa, etc), people with schizophrenia fare significantly better than they do in the developed world. This completely baffled me because people in the developed world are seeing the best medical doctors in the world so I assumed they would be much better off. I decided that I needed to look into why tribal people with schizophrenia in africa would fare so much better than people like me in the USA.
There are of course many differences between american society and a tribe in Africa, so I figured there wouldn't be an easy answer to my inquiry. I've always had an interest in healthy eating so I decided to look into the diet of hunter-gatherers and that is how I found out about the paleo diet and the WAPF.
I wouldn't say I had a miraculous change, but the longer I stay with the paleo diet, the better my mental health becomes. I don't think the paleo diet is a "cure" for severe mental illness, but I feel like it can be a substantial augmentation to medication and psychotherapy.
Most people with severe mental illness eat horrible diets. It kind of bothers me that doctors don't think that maybe the fact that this person with severe depression is eating nothing but breakfast cereal is why he isn't responding to treatment. The more we learn about the body and the mind, the more we realize how interconnected they are. How could eating like crap NOT cause people with mental illness to deteriorate? I hold no illusions that the paleo diet can help everyone with severe mental illness, but I can only see it helping.
Has fixing your body through the paleo diet help fix your mind? I would love to read your stories! Thank you.