“The Curious Case of the Antidepressant, Anti-Anxiety Backyard Garden”


“My vegetable beds have even buoyed me through more acute stressors, such as my medical internship, my daughter’s departure for college, and a loved one’s cancer treatment,” writes Dr. Daphne Miller. Now neuroscientists are attempting to study the antidepressant effects of soil microbes in hopes of unlocking the secrets of a powerful mood enhancer.

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  1. She rattled off a list of possible explanations, including that gardens create community, encourage physical activity, offer a bounty of nutrient-rich food, and expose one to Vitamin D-producing sunshine, which helps regulate serotonin, the “happiness” neurotransmitter.

    “Serotonin” LOL

    Sorry but that serotonin myth has been busted for wile now.

    Was that your credibility I saw going by by ? I think it was.

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  2. “helps regulate serotonin, the “happiness” neurotransmitter.”

    The psychiatric profession has finally come clean and confessed on a
    national media outlet that there is no evidence to support the Serotonin
    Theory of Depression. Today, on NPR’s Morning Edition there is a segment about the chemical imbalance theory, and virtually all the psychiatrists who
    are interviewed acknowledge that the there was never any evidence in
    support of the idea that low serotonin causes depression. But
    then, amazingly, they go on to say that it is perfectly fine to tell
    patients that serotonin imbalance causes depression even though they
    know this isn’t the case.


    Sorry about the excessive commenting but that serotonin lie really bothers me.

    I believed that serotonin lie and spent years sick cause of those pills.

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  3. ‘Earthing’ Advocates Claim Walking Barefoot Outside Helps Depression

    Walking Barefoot is a Natural Stress Reliever http://anxietytalk.com/walking-barefoot-is-a-natural-stress-reliever/

    Shifting Lives with Earthing – A Psychiatrist’s Perspective
    In my psychiatric practice, I often recommend Earthing to patients as part of an integrative approach to healing. As a physician, I consider it to be a powerful tool in my multidimensional healing medicine bag. In my mind, it is in alignment with the ancient medical doctrine of “Primum non nocere” – which means “First, do no harm.”


    I swear this really does work, has nothing to do with serotonin , so do your gardening barefoot too !

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  4. I do agree with her, however, that working in a garden is a healthy and healing activity – I was a gardening fiend when I was going through my drug withdrawal induced manic psychosis. Gardening helped me survive my two drug withdrawal induced manias.

    And to this day, I love ‘playing in the mud.” I just finished planting 800+ flower bulbs, which next year will provide cut flowers for elderly people who are in an intensive care section of a local retirement home. And my veggie garden did reasonably well this year as well.

    Antidepressants result the the symptoms of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome, which gets misdiagnosed as “bipolar mania” by doctors. And gardening is a fabulous way to survive anticholinergic toxidrome (the known illness that actually results from today’s “bipolar” drug cocktails) withdrawal.

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    • I’m sure it’s the bacteria. Couldn’t be that our modern lifestyle is just plain unhealthy, could it?

      We all need green and natural environments. It isn’t something we need to study. All this will lead to is patented earth bacteria capsules so that people can eat dirt while continuing to live in a sterile environment doing things they hate with people they barely know and don’t care about without going completely around the twist.

      —- Steve

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