Omega-3 and depression in young adults

 
 
 

We all fear the adolescence of our children, because it is a period of rapid developmental changes (of all types: emotional, physical, cognitive, behavioural, psychological, social, etc.), stressful changes for them, and also for us! Our “babies” continuously fighting against themselves and against the Universe in their progressive conversion to adults. And the new situations and the adaptive changes needed do not finish at the end of adolescence, when the young person reaches legal adulthood: in the twenties, our sons and daughters continue developing from dependent “children” into independent adults. Because of the stress associated with these periods of transition, depression is relatively common during adolescence and young adulthood. We must be attentive. A young person showing at the same time several of the following symptoms: sadness, irritability, apathy, loss of concentration, lack of energy, increase or decrease in appetite, insomnia or hypersomnia, in a persistent way and associated with impaired functioning in his/her daily life (studies, work), may have a depressive disorder.

But we will always be there to help them: Supplementation with long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA + DHA) from fish oil may decrease depressive symptoms among young people in a short amount of time (21 days).

 

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Depression and omega-3

Depression is a common disorder that results from biochemical, environmental, and genetic factors, just like most other diseases. And, like these, it requires treatment. There is o[...]

 
 

EPA and DHA in childhood depression

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