People suffering from depression can endure for a prolonged period of time extreme feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and negativity. Depression can be a form of seasonal depression and persistent depressive disorder. Symptoms include sleep problems, concentration difficulties, exhaustion, appetite changes, and thoughts of suicide. Medical care includes antidepressants such as reuptake inhibitors of selective serotonin, while cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may be an alternative to drugs. Heather Francis and her team at Macquarie University in Melbourne, Australia, studied 76 participants aged 17-35 with poor diets and depression. The participants were randomly separated into two groups: one in which the students followed their current lifestyles and the other in which they provided healthy eating tips, a healthy food hamper, and AU$60 (approx. £ 33) for nutrition. Before and after the three-week test period, the research teams evaluated each student for depression, anxiety, and overall mood, and also graded their performance on several learning and reasoning tasks. The healthy diets and depression team showed significant attitude change at the conclusion of the 3 months, with the levels for anxiety dropping into the normal range. Scores remained in the moderate-to-high range for the students who stuck to eat unhealthily. “Modifying the diet to reduce processed food intake and increase fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil consumption has improved the symptoms of depression in young adults,” the authors of the study say. “These findings add to a growing literature that shows a modest dietary change is a useful adjunct therapy to reduce depression symptoms.”