I am noticing in my most recent medication reviews, that more and more psychotropic medications are being tested as treatments for aggressive behavior. I've worked in treatment centers and I know that the kind of aggression seen in substance users is more than just being "a little pushy"...and that this behavior, if it can be intervened on, can help a person with this problem to have more productive relationships and overall life successes.
A recent study found that substance abusers have dietary habits that promote poor omega-3 balance. (Anyone reading this who has attended a 12 Step meeting will attest to the donuts and sugared coffee these meetings are known for!)
In this study, 3 months of using 3 grams per day of fish oil (containing both EPA and DHA), anger and anxiety on test scores decreased significantly.
Interestingly, EPA and anxiety were most closely associated, and DHA and anger were most closely associated. For anyone using fish oil as a supplement, this distinction is likely moot. However, for anyone who is vegetarian and using marine algae or marine algae-supplemented foods as their omega-3 source, they may not see the reduction in anger that a fish-eating person may eat.
I just love it when nature shows us ways to feel better that don't always have to involve medication!
Buydens-Branchey L, Branchey M, Hibbeln JR. Associations between increases in plasma n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids following supplementation and decreases in anger and anxiety in substance abusers. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2007 Nov 1 [Epub ahead of print]
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