All posts tagged mental health

Need Another Reason to Eat Fresh Foods? Tyramine

Tyramine is a substance produced by the amino acid Tyrosine.  It’s found naturally in some foods, plants, and animals . It can also be created when food is cured or aged, or through fermentation and spoilage. Patients who take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), including certain antidepressants and medications for Parkinson’s disease, may experience serious side effects if they follow a tyramine rich diet. Tyramine builds up in these patients resulting in side effects such as palpitations, headaches, nausea and vomiting. The most dangerous side effect is extremely high blood pressure that may result in stroke or death. Also, patients who suffer from frequent headaches…


Depression Education and Awareness Month

Celebrity deaths, like that of Robin Williams, heighten suicide awareness. In light of National Depression Education & Awareness Month, we need to be cognizant of the fact that depression is more than just feeling a little “blue” for a few days. It’s a chemical imbalance, and medication often plays a part in an effective treatment plan. A case of the blues, grief over a traumatic event or loss, or general sadness is not the same as experiencing depression. Feeling sad, anxious or unmotivated may be symptoms of depression but are just a few of the things that define this condition….

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