· Reduced verbal fluency
· Less efficient visual processing
· Diminished auditory processing
· Reduced ability to sustain attention
· Increased reaction time and/or decreased accuracy
· Reduced ability to drive measured by steering, braking, and speed control.
For people who have the need to utilize medications, food plays another very important role. It provides the raw materials to form neurotransmitters. People with poor nutrition are much harder to treat what it comes to depressive disorders.
Think about how you feel when you load yourself with particularly simple carbohydrates? These are fast release into our system. A sudden burst of energy followed is then by an inevitable "crash". This crash ultimately leaves you feeling even more sluggish than you were before you ate. There are some who have theorized that believe that this endless cycle of carb binging and carb crashing is strongly associated with chronic depression. People will actually crave carbohydrates when they are depressed.