For those who suffer from Major Depressive Disorder, it can be a frustrating uphill battle just to survive from day to day. With a wide range of symptoms that can include exhaustion, chronic pain and anxiety, depression sufferers often feel like it takes twice as much effort to accomplish what “normal” people can do.


As someone who has been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, I know how it feels to struggle to maintain a stable lifestyle. The standard procedure is a doctor’s visit followed by therapy and medication. For some, this route may not work, leaving the patient feeling as if their world is crashing down. It may be hard to believe, but simple changes in diet and exercise levels can help combat this sometimes debilitating illness. I believe that learning everything you can about your body and what runs it is the key to solving many health problems.


With the internet, methods of research are available at your fingertips. The world lies poised, ready to divulge its secrets. Cyberspace reveals remedies from all over the globe while bringing to light nutrition information on many different foods. The immediacy of results found online creates a unique method of finding help. Those without access to computers or internet can find success at most local libraries where computers are available as well as the “old ways” of researching, i.e. books and periodicals.


I think most people these days understand the need to maintain their health through diet and exercise. What I’m not sure of, however, is if people are getting the right answers. Our bodies are different because we are unique individuals. I’m not a proponent of the “one size fits all” kind of thinking when it comes to health. In this I believe that searching for answers from all types of sources is imperative, especially in light of the increased numbers of obesity and illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease running rampant in the United States today.


When I look at the health statistics for other countries, it becomes apparent that certain foods in local diets can help prevent many of the conditions that run rampant in our country today. Another issue to look at is the number of genetically modified foods present in our nation’s food supply. These foods have the potential to cause numerous problems in our bodies, undermining our attempts to have a healthy lifestyle.


It is my intention to take a look at our world’s view on mental health and the importance of diet in treating depression. Can we affect our symptoms through the foods we eat? I think we can. As a sufferer of depression as well as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, it is my goal to find answers that can help me as well as others. We are all unique and respond differently to different stimuli. This is the beginning of a journey, the first step to finding a way to go beyond survival and discover a true quality of life.