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123. Colds, Viruses, & Depression

In this episode, we're talking about the relationship between viruses and depression. We'll cover how viral illnesses can negatively impact mood, how this process is completely natural, and how it can go awry. We'll hit on the role of inflammation, and how mood-regulating chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine can get disrupted. And of course, we'll cover some strategies to help restore our system after clearing a virus (i.e., rest, hydration, a nutrient-rich diet, and supportive supplements).


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00:00 Introduction to Joy Lab Podcast

00:38 Understanding Viruses and Mental Health

01:32 Personal Experience with Viral Illness

02:10 The Science Behind Viral Illness and Mood

04:39 The Role of the Immune System in Mood Regulation

07:44 Understanding Postviral Fatigue and Syndrome

10:40 Strategies for Mood Support After Clearing a Virus

11:57 The Role of Nutrition and Supplements in Recovery

15:11 Closing Thoughts and Quote

15:57 Disclaimer and Conclusion


Sources and Notes:

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  • Dantzer R. (2006). Cytokine, sickness behavior, and depression. Neurologic clinics, 24(3), 441–460. Access here.
  • Dantzer, R., O'Connor, J. C., Freund, G. G., Johnson, R. W., & Kelley, K. W. (2008). From inflammation to sickness and depression: when the immune system subjugates the brain. Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 9(1), 46–56. Access here.
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