Adrian Lopresti, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice and also senior researcher at Murdoch University, Western Australia. He has over 18 years of clinical experience working with children and adults who suffer from a wide range of mental health conditions including depressive and anxiety-related disorders. Dr. Lopresti has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals on the effects of diet, nutraceuticals, sleep and exercise on biological pathways associated with depression, ADHD and bipolar disorder and has a special interest on the effects of curcumin in the treatment of these conditions.
Dr. Lopresti brings a wealth of information to the table in this podcast centered on depression and its underlying etiology – in particular, inflammation. Dr. Lopresti’s work, which delves deeper into the contributing mechanisms of depression, has resulted in an understanding that depression is not merely a lack of sufficient serotonin; instead, he concludes that depression may stem from a variety of factors including suboptimal diets, inadequate exercise, and elevated stress levels. Each of these causative factors may have an inflammatory basis which ultimately influences hormonal and neurotransmitter production, gut health and other aspects of mood and well-being. This discussion brings to light the lifestyle medicine management and functional medicine approach to personalizing patient needs in cases of depression and mental health and creating targeted solutions. As an added bonus, Dr. Lopresti reviews his fascinating work with curcumin and its powerful effects on reducing depression.