My depression went a way months ago. I haven't thought once about suicide, giving up, ... since then. Unfortunately, some of my family members are still mentally ill...
I want to help out my father, but he gets angry easily, and while he agrees with me on some things now (took me a while to convince him), he will never eat paleo. His parents lived pretty much on grains, you see. And he loves his parents.
Since he retired he never has things to do and feels down all the time. He doesn't say it, but it's very clear. Our house is small, and my mother is kinda sad because she finds it hard to be around someone who's sad all the time. She cut out sugar a long time ago and cured her mental (mood) problems that way, so she doesn't like it when people give up or do nothing.
It's clear that he starts ditching his friends one by one. I'm afraid that, because it's harder for older persons to make new friends, he will ruin his own life slowly.
But what can I do? He doesn't like the way I eat at all (he has cholesterol issues and still thinks eggs, butter and meat caused it), so he will never do those kind of changes. He doesn't really like fish. He almost fainted when I said I only ate meat for a month. Basically he won't change his diet...
A little suggestion about changing his diet. Maybe you should address this to him indirectly. Don't preach Paleo, keep your talks with him spontaneous and try to get your own health problems in check. As his son, I'm sure he cares for you and thus seeing your improvements, he might get more interested and more open to changes in his diet.
At least that's the way it works with me. I talk about Paleo, preach a little here and there and nobody will listen. But when I just shut up about food, people will start asking about it. Making it a bit more mysterious by giving short answers instead of details that bore them easily even makes them wonder more.
You could just try having him cut out processed crap food like cake, bear, etc. Have him cut out all stuff that you both agree is unhealthy. He could still eat low cholesterol meat, veggies, rice, potatoes, etc. That stuff is not all the paleo ideal for all paleo eaters, but I bet a lot of people would be a lot better off if they ate half paleo. Eating is not all or nothing.
Also, if diet is a point of contention, why not start with other things that are also good for depression. Initiate a daily exercise walk. No one would argue walking is unhealthy. You don't have to make it strenuous, just relaxing. He can get out in the sun and you can go with him and talk with him. Even moderate exercise can give a big boost to the mood. Plus he can talk with you. Try not to argue with him too much. Target the points of least resistance/contention. You could argue that walking is relaxing and good for the body and cholesterol counts. Depending on his nature, you could even pretend you need help with something (maybe good for his ego) and that you will repay him with something else (maybe some help with some other project that also involves exercise). It would get you both out in the sun, talking, and getting some exercise. Maybe you could even work out a big joint project to work on, maybe putting up a fence, fixing something in the community, etc. But first you take the first steps and make them easy for him. Then LISTEN to him and look very hard for an area where his inclinations already direct him. Try to go for things he already kinda wants to do that you think might be good for him. Make him think it was his idea!
For a member of my family who has been off medication for about a year for clinical depression, it's definitely a combination niacin and vitamin A. Not Paleo, but does enjoy traditional foods, including offal (mostly braunshweiger or Kosher deli chopped liver).
The funk goes away when eating enough Vitamin A, and got even better with Niacin as well... influenced by watching Food Matters (I think), and whether niacin is the wonderdrug for depression or not, it does seem to have an impact.
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