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Video: The Connections Between Physical and Mental Well-Being

Available with English captions and subtitles in Spanish.

Watch this Ask Me Anything session featuring Dr. Chris Palmer. He addresses questions about what can positively impact our mental wellness, as well as how mental health is affected by diet, exercise, sleep, and more.

Audience questions include:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of fasting?
  • We have all heard a lot about the ketogenic diet, but I’m unsure what’s fact or fiction. Can you give us a quick overview of what this diet looks like for the average person?
  • Do you have advice or cautions on integrating a keto diet with complicating factors like Type 2 diabetic food plans or end-stage renal disease?
  • Can you speak about epinephrine and norepinephrine elevation in ketogenic diets? Is it somehow related to ketosis euphoria? If yes, is it possible to prevent or reduce symptoms like rapid heartbeat and emotional dysregulation?
  • Are you able to speak to the effectiveness of using the ketogenic diet in relation to anxiety and OCD?
  • Do you have specific diet recommendations to help alleviate symptoms related to common disorders such as depression or anxiety?
  • What is your advice for someone who gets anxious while exercising or sees it as a chore? Can I reframe this somehow?
  • What are your thoughts about the increased risk for developing eating disorder symptoms correlated to undertaking restrictive dietary interventions?
  • How do you guide patients who are overwhelmed with anxiety and/or depression to even make these first steps toward eating better or exercising?
  • Our daughter struggles with a mental health condition. When she hasn’t eaten, her mood tanks, and she is almost in an alternate state with excessive anger. Once she eats, her mood improves exponentially. Why is this? Are there snacks that help stabilize mood?
  • I’ve heard particular sleep aids can cause dementia or other disorders. Is there any truth to this?

About the Webinar

When we hear the term “wellness,” many of us think: diet, exercise, sleep. What about stress reduction, mindfulness, meditation? How do those factor into our overall wellness—and how can we start looking at wellness as encompassing mental health?

Self-care is important to keep your immune system strong, your mental health in good condition, and your sleep cycles consistent.

Learn more about mental and physical wellness from Dr. Palmer as he answers audience questions.

About Dr. Palmer

For over 20 years, Christopher M. Palmer, MD, has focused his clinical work on treatment-resistant cases, and recently he has been pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet in psychiatry, especially treatment-resistant cases of mood and psychotic disorders. He is currently the director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Learn more about Dr. Palmer.

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It’s important to think about ways to manage your mental health. McLean is committed to providing mental health and self-care resources for all who may need them. You and your family may find these strategies from McLean experts helpful to feel mentally balanced in your everyday lives.

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July 1, 2020

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