The diet seems to have had an amazing impact on long term depression. Has anyone else experienced this too?
Here’s our experience:
My husband has suffered quite severe depression for a number of years. He manages quite well with low/moderate doses of medication but has periodic bouts of debilitating suicidal feelings etc.
We started the diet on somewhat of a whim to help him lose weight (target 30 lbs) and to recover from gout without taking drugs. He has never explicitly dieted previously, preferring to manage his weight by exercise and moderation. We had a generally healthy Mediterranean-style diet (which unfortunately was exacerbating the gout ) with very little alcohol. He rarely ate sweet stuff (cakes, bread, processed food etc) but loved kiwi fruit (also exacerbating the gout).
His starting weight wasn’t the highest nor was it the lowest in the last 15 years or so. We followed the diet schedule in the book very strictly. The initial weight loss was good and sensible, but not the fastest rate at which he has ever lost weight – around 1 lb every 3 or 4 days. The gout has generally improved but there have been a few flare ups.
However the effect on his depression was amazing. It was clear within 3 weeks that he was feeling and behaving differently and after 5 weeks we haven’t had a depressive bout – unheard of for at least 5 years. He is even talking of consulting his GP to stop the medication. I feel I have my husband back. I wouldn’t care even if he doesn’t lose any more weight (16lbs after 6 weeks) and we have to live on this diet for ever!
It seems for us to be a very exciting way to deal with a debilitating problem – conversely, could modern diets be triggering Serotonin Re-uptake problems. I haven’t found any research papers. Does anyone know of work in this area?