Depression seems to have epigenetic (trans-generational) causes, according to a new study.

Depression Has Genetic / Epigenetic Causes

August 2, 2016 purposelywell 0

Depression is a poorly understood and highly medicated disease effecting almost 7% of the population at one point in their life or another. Over the past handful of months, researchers have been churning out tons of novel research into the genetics of depression [1,3]. These studies, which have been verified […]

Being Grateful Can Make You Happy

May 25, 2016 purposelywell 0

It’s very common to feel like being grateful is difficult when you’re unhappy. However, research shows that simply practicing gratitude (even if you don’t feel like it) may actually make you happier. Give thanks, be grateful and happiness will come with it. Arthur C Brooks’ article for the New York […]

Magic Mushrooms; Help for Depression?

May 21, 2016 purposelywell 0

According to new research published in The Lancet [1], “magic mushrooms” may be helpful in combating depression. Though the study was a small one (only containing twelve individuals, without a control group), the researchers found their results to be astonishing enough to publish regardless. “This is the first time that […]

Are Antidepressants Really Effective?

May 19, 2016 purposelywell 0

Antidepressants may not only be less effective than previously thought, but may also be becoming more ineffective as time goes on, according to a study from the Medical Journal of Australia [1].  Despite prescriptions for antidepressant medication becoming much more common (the paper citing a literal doubling of the amount), […]

Civilization Syndrome: Social Media and Disease

May 1, 2016 purposelywell 0

Civilization syndrome is, in essence, the factors that predispose us to diseases based off our culture. Though this term is a relatively recent development, where the many modern things are concerned, it was first used to describe the North American obesity epidemic in 1993 [1]. The authors of the study […]

Fruits and Veggies May Prevent Depression

April 8, 2016 purposelywell 2

A paper by the Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria [1] points to a larger nutritional basis for depression than previously realized. In a cohort study involving over of 15,000 subjects, researchers defined three fruit and vegetable dense diets, and […]

The Rise Of Children’s Anxiety Issues Linked to Less Play

February 25, 2016 purposelywell 1

Life for a child has changed dramatically in just 2 generations. Free play hardly exists. What we knew as just childhood life has now become Free-range Parenting and subject to police and child services intervention. This change has also led to significantly higher numbers of children being labeled with mental […]

Cashew Nuts Work As Well As Anti-Depressants

October 3, 2015 purposelywell 0

Cashews are often ignored in favor of almonds because they have more fat and are more bland tasting. But, they are packed with nutrition. Several tests have been done comparing them to anti-depressants and the news is good. Since there is little money in nutrition there are no good 3rd […]

Music Changes Us

October 2, 2015 purposelywell 0

Music plays many roles in our lives. It is proven to lower blood pressure, release pain, relieve anxiety and depression and uplift the spirit. There has been a lot of controversy over what kind of music works best. Turns out it doesn’t matter as long as it causes the listener […]

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