If you are one of the almost 60 million people in the USA suffering from some kind of mental disorder, then you may have thought about taking an antidepressant instead of a supplement for mental health. Let us look at the disorders that most commonly afflict Americans. Depression, stress, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are leading the field.
In a recent hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee at the USA Congress, several authoritative representatives from various medical bodies testified that prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in America. There is a serious need to address the problem by limiting access to these drugs and also making sure that prescription abuse is carefully monitored. You can imagine that the use of benzodiazepines and painkillers are at the top of the list.
If you take the benzodiazepines (prescribed for depression and anxiety) in large does over an extensive period of time, then you are likely to suffer from disturbing dreams and also you will become irritable and even hostile. I know people who have had severe withdrawal effects when they tried to get off these drugs and they were similar in many ways to getting off alcohol.
This is why taking a supplement for mental health has many advantages. First, there are limited side effects and then there is no risk of abuse or addiction although normal precautions in taking any type of medication must be followed.
It may come as a shock to realise that the best possible supplement for mental health is a meal with the right nutrients. This is what is known as a 'mind meal' and is advocated by the UK based mental health charity called 'Mind' which is also closely linked to the Food and Mood Project.
Imagine having a super healthy meal which is gluten free but also contains such things as avocado, oily fish (rich in Omega 3s), fruit, oatmeal and a salad with lots of seeds and nuts. What is special about a meal like this is that it contains lots of tryptophan which is an important amino acid. This helps greatly because this can convert into serotonin which is the brain chemical associated with good mood.
Once we have sufficient levels of serotonin, we can overcome many mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. This is certainly not a cure for all mental illness but at least it is a step in the right direction. We can also try to get the right supplement for mental health by taking a look at the herbal remedies such as St John's Wort which is enormously popular in Germany and across the European continent.