The author was formerly the Chief Librarian of the New York State Psychiatric Institute Patient and Family Library, affiliated with Columbia University. Mental illness is a widespread and serious problem. The National Institute for Mental Health estimates about 26.2% of Americans 18 and older meet the criteria for at least one serious mental disorder. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, depression will be the second most common worldwide cause of disability and premature death.
Both exercise and sunshine have been shown efficacious for treating depression. The Omega-3 in fish is not only good for the heart but also the nervous system and brain. Jiang reports it has also been shown good for stopping schizophrenia and helping fight development of diabetes. A sleep deficit built up over many years can also cause lasting physical problems. Eating fruits and vegetables is also good for a person.
Excessive playing of video games or the Internet should be avoided by anyone with anxiety and/or depression problems. Experts say that up to 6% of smartphone users can be addicted. (Checking our phones and finding messages provides a reward in feeling needed.)
William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net