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6 Foods That May Be Beneficial for Depression

Major depressive disorder (or simply “depression”) is a serious mood disorder that causes persistent sadness and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, often making it difficult for people with the condition to do their usual day-to-day activities.

Along with sadness and lost interest, common symptoms of depression include fatigue or lack of energy, changes in appetite, unintended weight gain or loss, sleep problems, concentration issues, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, or thoughts of suicide.

Treatment for depression typically includes psychotherapy (aka “talk therapy”), medication, or a combination of the two, according to Mayo Clinic. Certain lifestyle changes, such as a more nutritious diet, can also help people with depression feel better.

“Poor nutrition plays a significant role in depression,” says Deborah Serani, PsyD, a psychologist and senior adjunct professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. “Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain. The more balanced you make your meals, the more balanced will be your brain functioning,” she says.

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