Mental health problems are experienced by more people worldwide than from any other physical disorder.
Based on estimates from the World Health Organization, by 2020 depression will cause greater disability than any other mental or physical disorder.
Up till today, most mental health problems are treated with psychological and pharmacological interventions.
The most common psychological treatments are known as cognitive behavior therapies, while antidepressants are the most common class of medication used to treat both depression and anxiety.
Herbs and nutrients are also often used to treat mental health problems, but there is often debate about whether they actually work. It is often argued by mainstream professionals that all they do is create expensive urine and do little to improve one’s mental wellbeing.
In this article some of the more commonly used natural supplements will be reviewed.
Omega-3 fish oils
There has been a considerable amount of research investigating the effects of fish oil
for the treatments of several mental health problems.
Most of the research has been in the area of depression, anxiety and
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Overall, the evidence suggests that fish oil is moderately effective for these conditions.