Chew On This on Mental Illness

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Finding the proof that diet improves mood

Paula Goodyer We've known for a while that exercise can improve depression but could a healthier diet also help tame the black dog?

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How healthy is your relationship with food?

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Paula Goodyer According to an expert who specialises in eating disorders, tuning into your body's inner appetite signals is more useful than observing external food 'rules'.

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Treating depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety – can over the counter pills really help?

Depression

Paula Goodyer For many herbs and supplements claiming to improve mental health the jury is still out.

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An end to fat shaming

Paula Goodyer Calling people fat doesn't make them thin - and it may make weight problems worse.

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How depression hurts the heart

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Paula Goodyer Depression isn't all in the mind - it can cause changes in the body that raise the risk of heart disease

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'Guilt chip'

Beating the baby blues

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Paula Goodyer It's not just post-natal depression that's hard on mothers - it's also the guilt that goes with it.

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A workout for your mind

I've beaten yesterday's time!

Paula Goodyer Why exercise is a smart move for your mind, not just your body.

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Can you find calm in a can?

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Paula Goodyer After a tsunami of energy drinks, could relaxation drinks be the next wave?

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Should we quit panicking about sugar?

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Paula Goodyer Yes, we eat too much sugar - but it's not the only reason we get sick and fat.

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Blind drunk

Living with someone else's addiction

Drinking wine.

Paula Goodyer How do you cope when someone you love has a problem with alcohol?

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Giving fasting a go

The fast track

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Paula Goodyer When obesity researcher Amanda Salis tried fasting she found some unexpected benefits

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Waste of money?

Multiple choice - do you need a multivitamin?

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Paula Goodyer Are multivitamins a way to plug nutritional gaps - or a waste of money?

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What's keeping you up?

Insomnia, clock.

Paula Goodyer For some people falling asleep is no problem - the real challenge is staying asleep

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Midlife eating disorders - a hidden problem

Female body

Paula Goodyer You don't have to be young and female to have an eating disorder

Midlife eating disorders - a hidden problem

Paula Goodyer You don't have to be young and female to have an eating disorder

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The battle for hearts and minds

Human heart.

Paula Goodyer Many people survive a heart attack only to find themselves struggling with depression

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The good fat diet

Extra virgin olive oil.

Paula Goodyer The heart friendly diet that might feed a good mood.

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Fixing emotional eating

Eating in secret

Paula Goodyer For emotional eaters dieting is barking up the wrong tree

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Fishing for answers

Fish oil. Photo: Paul Jones.

Paula Goodyer Fish oil might not fix dementia, but it could make a difference to our moods or our hearts

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Beating cravings at Christmas

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Paula Goodyer For anyone trying to control overeating, drinking or drug use, Christmas can be a risky time.

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