Don Cornelius, "Soul Train" Creator & Host, Dies From Apparent Suicide

    In his later years, Cornelius had a troubled marriage. In 2009, he was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery. In his divorce case that year, he also mentioned having significant health issues.

    When You’re Just Not Feeling Right…

    When you’re feeling down, there are some simple steps that you can take that can make all the difference:

    • Seek medical help. A mental health professional may help you make a full recovery.

    • Exercise. Increasing your heart rate at least three hours a week (or 30 minutes a day) may help boost your body’s natural mood-enhancers (endorphins)

    • St. John’s Wort. Taking 600 to 1,200 mg a day of a standardized herbal extract containing of 0.3% hypericin to help with mild to moderate depression—but talk to your doctor first as St. John’s wort can interact with certain medications

    • Iron. A lack of iron can make depression worse; check with a doctor to find out if you are iron deficient

    • B vitamins. Take a supplement that contains folic acid and vitamins B12 and B6 to help correct deficiencies associated with depression.

    To learn more about the warning signs of a potential mental health issue, read 4 Ways To Detect Mental Illness.

    To learn more on depression and how to feel better, faster, visit BlackDoctor.org’s Depression Channel.

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