Thank you, I'm interested in these topics too. My main problem is attention, concentration; and obsessions lets say.
If I were to use medications like antidepressants, and/or add meds it would be much easier to focus on being mindful, but then again If you are using these meds, then I don't think mindfulness meditation is as needed before.
I'm thinking very low carb, like ketogenic diet to help with my concentration problems. I think it may be beneficial. I also take fish oil for that purpose (concentration).
I used mirtazapine for 14 days after my resection surgery to help me sleep and gain weight. The drug also made my mental problems much better. Helped with concentration a lot, to the point that I couldn't believe it happening. But it has nasty side effects and I'm generally (though not always) an anti psych med kind of a man.
Also, I found out that mirtazapine increases some important cytokines that play central role in Crohn's disease like IL-1B, TNF-a...
"Kast (2003) compared the use of bupropion and mirtazapine in patients with Crohn’s disease. He speculated that both of these antidepressants have the potential to affect inflammatory responses: bupropion by lowering TNFα and mirtazapine by increasing its level. Therefore, according to the hypothesis of Kast (2003), there are theoretical reasons for recommending bupropion and cautioning against mirtazapine when treating depression in patients with Crohn’s disease. Although Kast’s explanations appear logical and are supported by other investigators, their practical effectiveness needs to be experimentally confirmed in appropriate clinical studies." /www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3974522/
You may benefit from reading these articles if you're using psych meds:
Impact of antidepressants on cytokine production of depressed patients in vitro./www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24257035
Psychiatric comorbidity in the treatment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3974522/
My main problem with psych meds is that we don't really know about
their long term effects on brain physiology. We don't have enough data on their possibly permanent effects on brain, even if you stop using them, and also, studies on pharmacological area of psychiatry are highly biased. I also question validity and quality of psychiatry and psychology on the basis of philosophy of science...
But what is the replacement for these suspicious areas, the answer to that, practically at least, on a social level is hard to give. Better nutrition, education, better lives, better social systems... Difficult problems to solve I think.