Self-Improvement for Anxiety and Depression

By: Michael Byrd..

Self-guided improvement for anxiety and depression does not seem too hard if you think about it.
A number of studies verify that people who eat at least 3 to 7 servings of fish weekly undergo less anxiety and depression compared to those who do not.
I am not saying that you get more fish and quit using your meds or stop seeing your doctor. I would definitely not recommend that.
This is what I am saying.
Scientific research has shown that you may no longer need your meds and see your doctor during your attacks of anxiety and depression, but scientific research showed that and not me.
Take for example; research that revealed the higher omega 3 fish oil fatty acids people take in, the lesser chance for them to suffer from depression.
A scientific study, which was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders [Vol. 26, No. 38, 35-46] concluded, "Major depressed subjects showed significantly lower total omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids?than minor depressed subjects and healthy controls."
And this observation is definitely not in any way isolated.
In another scientific study, subjects who had major depression problems were given supplements of omega-3 fish oil. After three weeks, those who were in the fish oil group showed significant benefits as compared to the placebo group. [American Journal of Psychiatry (Vol. 159:477-479]
Therefore, self reliance for anxiety and depression can be accomplished.
Take a look at it this way. Life is a chain of risk management decisions.
We are always confronted with the need to make a decision to select the best result. Some decisions however, may not need to be hard, like when we would need to look both ways as we cross a street.
Perhaps you are now aware of the pros and cons of the action you will make.
On the contrary, certain decisions are not too obvious as compared to crossing a street. It also does not involve risks. It then becomes difficult to realize the benefits.
In some occasions, the consequences do not immediately become noticeable.
Retrospectively, if had you been aware during your childhood days that eating fish helps prevent depression in adults, then possibly it may have been easier to convince yourself to eat fish or again maybe not.
Nevertheless, when you grow up to be an adult you will see fish in a different perspective.
Now that you are fully aware of the advantages of eating fish, you may opt for less depression and anxiety by putting more omega 3 fish oil fatty acid to your diet. Consider using supplements as they are safe and inexpensive but equally effective.
And I would call making that decision self-improvement, wouldn't you?
The University of Sheffield psychiatry department research printed in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the total self-improvement for anxiety and depression better than anyone else has.
The conclusion of their research verified depressive symptoms can be "alleviated by omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation." [Vol. 48(2-3);149-55]
Take note they used "alleviate" and it does not get any simpler than that.
As an adult, you may start helping yourself by eating more fish and supplement the diet with good quality fish oil, which should contain all 8 naturally occurring omega 3 factors.

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