In 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urged people to lower the use of antipsychotic medication for elderly patients suffering from symptoms of dementia, because of the drug’s dangerous side effects. These antipsychotic drugs cause dull behaviors, sedation, and an increased risk of falling down. Bradley Williams, a geriatric pharmacist from the University of Southern California, states that the symptoms and effects of depression and anxiety can be controlled and decreased through proper dietary and other lifestyle changes.
Massachussetts psychiatrist and pharmacologist Dr Georgia Ede reports two interesting cases where low-carb diets helped improve conditions in patients who have been prescribed antipsychotic medications. Dr Chris Palmer, a psychiatrist from Harvard’s McLean Hospital in Belmont, states that the strongest antipsychotic and mood stabilizing medications don’t bring enough relief and have too many severe side effects. He then described experiences of two adults suffering from schizoaffective disorder, before and after practicing a ketogenic diet.
A schizoaffective disorder involves people who have to cope with psychosis, which includes paranoia, auditory and visual hallucinations, and disorganized thinking. This disorder also includes overlapping periods of severe mood symptoms like depression, euphoria, irritability, rage, and suicidal thoughts.
Even if a person does not suffer from any type of mental illness, a ketogenic diet can help them achieve wellness by eliminating unhealthy sugars from the body. To simplify what a keto diet is, it is simply removing carbohydrate intake (or limiting it to 20 grams per day) from the daily nutrition plan, which will then cause the liver to produce the ketones that serve as the body’s energy source.