[Paleopsych] Lipids, depression and suicide

Euterpel66 at aol.com Euterpel66 at aol.com
Wed Apr 20 20:31:56 UTC 2005

Depression is a condition where one is without hope, No? I understand the  
difference between depression and clinical depression, but it is the cure which  
is different and not necessarily the manifestation. Hope involves the future 
and  for the first time in history (the atomic age) it is possible to 
eradicate all  trace of human history, and in fact life. We do seem to be hard-wired 
for hope,  but even water can wear away stone.
Lorraine  Rice

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.  
---Andre Gide  


In a message dated 4/20/2005 1:32:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
christian.rauh at uconn.edu writes:

Could it  be that a less predictable future have more to do than the 
belief in God?  Maybe things are changing too fast for us to  cope.


Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. wrote:
> Diet: This  is a good point, and one I have considered. However, the 
> history of a  rise in depression pre-dates the low fat fad.  In the 1960s 
> the  trend was already appearing, with people of my generation being at 
>  higher risk of depression than my own grandparents. Therefore, Seligman  
> argues more in favor of changing values. I think you are correct that  
> diet may also play a role, but it is not the whole picture.
> I put in the Horatius at the gate segments because the notion is that  if 
> nothing is worth dying for, then nothing is worth living for.  One's 
> willingness to give one's life in service of a higher value is  a source 
> of great strength and happiness. This appears to be an  empirical 
> finding, and illustrates the role of values and social  norms in reducing 
> depression.
> "and how can man die  better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of 
> his fathers and the  temples of his gods . . ."  The man / woman who 
> deeply believes  this has something great to live for, knows his/her 
> position in life,  and feels a deep connection with forebearers / 
> posterity ('child upon  her breast').  This seems to immunize against 
>  depression.
> Lynn
> Steve Hovland  wrote:
>> Lipids, depression and suicide
>>  by
>> Colin A, Reggers J, Castronovo V, Ansseau M.
>>  Assistante Clinique, Universite de Liege,
>> CUP La Clairiere,  Bertrix.
>> Encephale 2003 Feb;29(Pt 1):49-58
>> Polyunsatured fatty acids are made out of a  hydrocarbonated chain of 
>> variable length with several double  bonds. The position of the first 
>> double bond (w; omega)  differentiates polyunsatured w3 fatty acids 
>> (for example:  alpha-linolenic acid or a-LNA) and polyunsatured w6 
>> fatty acids  (for example: linoleic acid or LA). These two classes of 
>> fatty  acids are said to be essential because they cannot be 
>> synthetised  by the organism and have to be taken from alimentation. 
>> The w3  are present in linseed oil, nuts, soya beans, wheat and cold 
>>  water fish whereas w6 are present in maize, sunflower and sesame oil.  
>> Fatty acids are part of phospholipids and, consequently, of all  
>> biological membranes. The membrane fluidity, of crucial  importance for 
>> its functionning, depends on its lipidic  components. Phospholipids 
>> composed of chains of polyunsatured  fatty acids
>> The rest of the story:   http://www.biopsychiatry.com/lipidsmood.htm
>>  _______________________________________________

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