Research Examining The Psychological Effects of Fasting
This website serves as a portal for research examining the psychological effects of fasting.
Since 1998, Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. has been examining the effects of fasting on the human experience.
In 2011, Dr. Fredricks conducted a landmark study into the effect of fasting on the symptoms of depression.
Using the Beck Depression Inventory, that research found that 42 individuals who water-fasted for an average of 6.9 days, were significantly less depressed than
42 control subjects who did not fast. The results were published in Proquest and in Dr. Fredricks' Book Fasting: An Exceptional Human
In 2016, Dr. Fredricks will be conducting another study examining the effects of water fasting on the symptoms of anxiety using the
Beck Anxiety Inventory. If you are interested in participating in this research or would like to know when it begins, please
check back with this website.
About the Researcher
RANDI FREDRICKS, PH.D. is a psychotherapist, researcher, and author who specializes in the treatment of mental health using
integrative medicine and natural therapies. Her books include Healing & Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for
Mental Health and Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience. Dr. Fredricks published research includes
Communication Apprehension Among Adult Children of Alcoholics and
An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Water Fasting for Depression.
Fasting Research: Examining The Psychological Effects of Fasting
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