Black Dog Depression:
How Diet, Nutrition & Orthomolecular Medicine Can Overcome It
Chris M. Reading, M.D.
ISBN: 978-1-890995-93-5 (68 pp.)
Black Dog Depression describes a group of conditions broadly categorized as mental illnesses – major depressive illness, psychotic depression, manic-depressive illness, and schizoaffective psychosis. In antiquity, these would be considered forms of melancholia, i.e. black bile disease. Here psychiatrist Chris Reading addresses these conditions through the healing perspective of Orthomolecular Medicine. Dr. Reading categorizes each condition as a disturbance in metabolic pathways that normally serve to keep us healthy, happy and productive. The tests he recommends determine the precise cause of these problems. Dr. Reading offers new long-term hope for effective dietary and nutritional treatment of these emotionally crippling conditions.
Dr. Chris M. Reading (1938-2011) specialized in organic psychiatry, subsequently becoming interested in research into vitamin and mineral deficiencies, metabolic disorders, food allergies and clinical immunology/ecology, and genetics as it applies to neuropsychiatric disorders. A leading authority on orthomolecular medicine, his book Trace Your Genes to Health was published by Vital Health Publishing in 2002 to wide acclaim. In recognition of Dr. Reading’s many outstanding contributions to his field, he was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in 2012.