For some people suffering with depression, the cure lies in a pill.
Depression patient, Michael Penn says, "There were days it was literally a struggle to get out of bed to get a cup of coffee and breakfast. That was so exhausting I would go back to sleep for four or five hours."
For Michael, the prescription pills helped, but it was a pill with fish oil inside that made the ultimate difference.
What is the depression lifting ingredient in fish oil?
Omega three fatty acids.
Michael gets his pills off the shelf and supplements them with the right kinds of fish.
And Michael's doctor, Leslie Mendoza Temple, says the evidence that omega three's fight depression keeps getting stronger. "In certain populations, like in Icelanders, Japanese folks, and Alaskan Eskimos have higher amounts of omega three fatty acids and have lower incidences of depression no matter what the season."
How it works is still in question.
But scientists speculate that it may increase serotonin in the brain, which is essential to mental health, or it may reduce inflammation in the body, which some studies suggest could be linked to depression.