Being overweight, for example, has been shown to reduce brain function and can contribute to depression. It may also lower your ability to exercise, robbing you of a key brain- and mood-booster. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetesanemia, thyroid problems, concussions, or other brain injuries, stroke and other health problems can all take a toll on brain fitness, as can low levels of Vitamins B12 and D

  We can see many patients who have no idea their medications are causing side effects. In particular, medications given for anxiety, insomnia, pain and even depression can cause mood changes, brain fog, or other cognitive and health problems, so it’s a good idea to review your total medication list with your doctor to ensure they’re not interfering unnecessarily with your brain function or health.

 Insomnia and sleep apnea, in particular, have been shown to reduce brain function, which can contribute to depression. Many people put up with sleep disorders, and incorrectly assume they’re untreatable. Not only are both conditions often treatable, but treatment can help reverse the damage done to the brain and lead to dramatic improvements in brain function. Sleep apnea patients are often amazed at how different they feel after treatment. And diagnosis is easier than ever before – with a small device provided by your doctor you can do a sleep study in your own home.

  Exercise is good for the brain. But recent research has shown us that exercise can actually improve brain function. Exercise is a also a tremendous mood booster and an invaluable tool in the treatment of depression.


 Depression can be socially isolating but making a strong effort to socially engage is brain- and mood-boosting on many levels. Attending a spiritual gathering, or volunteering helps to engage parts of the brain that are vital for brain fitness.

We recommend the diet, which is low in fat and cholesterol and high in Omega 3s, vegetables, fruit and nuts. But I also recommend adding the Omega 3 fatty acid DHA to the diet. DHA, which is found in fatty fish and in supplements, has been shown to improve brain function and also to reduce symptoms in those with major depression.

 Fascinating research in recent years has shown that the adult brain is malleable in ways we once didn’t even imagine. Using your brain – by performing complex mental tasks – has been shown to boost brain health, which in turn can help you reduce the symptoms of depression.