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Monday, April 26, 2010

Does chocolate cause depression?

Or does depression cause consumption of chocolate?

Researchers have been studying the link between chocolate and depression and have found that people who eat more chocolate are more likely to be depressed. They don't know if the chocolate causes depression or if already depressed people eat more chocolate, but there's definitely a link.

What do you think? Was the Easter Bunny just a tragically depressed rabbit?

Seriously, if you are depressed there are lots of resources to help, including plenty of books about the subject:

Non-fiction:
When Nothing Matters Anymore by Bev Cobain (a cousin of Kurt Cobain): A guide to understanding and coping with depression, discussing the different types, how and why the condition begins, how it may be linked to substance abuse or suicide, and how to get help. A guide to understanding and coping with depression, discussing the different types, how and why the condition begins, how it may be linked to substance abuse or suicide, and how to get help. Written for teens with depression -- and those who feel despondent, dejected, or alone -- this powerful book offers help, hope, and potentially life-saving facts and advice.

Living With Depression by Alan Miller: This book is a teen's guide to living and coping with depression. Major depressive disorder is caused by a combination of brain chemistry, family history, distorted thinking, and a person's emotional environment, according to most experts. Depression affects as many as one in eight teens, yet many young people with depression don't receive the help they need. With medication and therapy, depression can be treated and controlled.Written in clear, straightforward language, "Living with Depression" provides teens with the information they need to understand the nature of depression and its treatments. Sidebars, appendixes, and further reading guide additional exploration of this timely topic. This accessible guide is ideal for readers living with depression or those who have family members or friends who are coping with it.

Fiction:
Black Box: A Novel by Julie Schumacher: When her sixteen-year-old sister is hospitalized for depression and her parents want to keep it a secret, fourteen-year-old Elena tries to cope with her own anxiety and feelings of guilt that she is determined to conceal from outsiders.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

Damage by A.M. Jenkins: Seventeen-year-old football hero Austin, trying to understand the inexplicable depression that has drained his interest in life, thinks that he has found relief in a girl who seems very special.

And there's plenty of books on chocolate too!
The Healing Powers of Chocolate by Cal Orey: Did you know?...Known as Mother Nature's 'food of the gods', the medicinal benefits of chocolate were recognized as far back as 4000 years ago. Eating chocolate can help boost the immune system, lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes-even obesity! - and increase lifespan. A 1.5 ounce bar of quality chocolate has as much antioxidant power as a 5 ounce glass of wine-without the side effects of alcohol. Chocolate is chock-full of mood-enhancing ingredients, including phenylethylamine (the 'love drug') and serotonin. Chocolate can relieve a host of ailments, including depression, fatigue, pain and PMS, as well as rev up your sex drive! Drawing on the latest scientific research as well as interviews with medical doctors and chocolatiers, this fascinating book reveals how to live longer and healthier while indulging in one of nature's most decadent and versatile foods.

The Golden Book of Chocolate by Carla Bardi: Presents over three hundred recipes featuring chocolate along with step-by-step instructions and color photographs of the finished dish.

2 comments:

  1. Depression is very common among teens as well as mid-age adults. It is a common type of mental disorder. Stress is main cause of depression. Major depressive disorder is a common type of mental disorder. Major depressive disorder affects personal and social relationship. The symptoms include losing interest in daily activities, eating disorder, sleep disorders, etc. There are many ways to treat this type of disorder like medication, psychotherapy etc. For more
    details refer major depressive disorder

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  2. A website for chocolate lovers and books with a chocolate connection www.chocolatemanga.com

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