Depression affects 20% of Americans over the age of 18 every year. It is one of the most common medical problems in the United States. Depression affects young and old and is twice as common in women as in men.
Food and nutrition can have a profound effect on mental health. A poor diet, especially one with a lot of junk foods is a common cause of depression. The levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, which regulate our behavior, are controlled by what we eat, and neurotransmitters are closely linked to mood. Eating complex carbohydrates raises the level of tryptophan in the brain and has a calming effect on mood. High-protein foods promote the production of dopamine and norepinephrine which promote alertness.
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Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433.
Immediate Medical Assistance: 911.
Crisis Call Center: 800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1?800?273?TALK (8255).