6-hour On-Demand: Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food


Price: $84 (or Free with Membership)

Course Description & Information:

  • Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.The link between poor mental health has long been recognized by dietitians working in the field of psychiatry. Recently, psychiatrists are now becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using nutritional approaches to mental health, calling for research into this new field of treatment. It is now known that many mental health conditions are caused by inflammation in the brain which ultimately causes our brain cells to die. This inflammatory response starts in our gut and is associated with a lack of nutrients from our food such as magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, vitamins and minerals that are all essential for the optimal function of our bodies. This course explores the current research regarding nutritional psychiatry focusing on mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, microbiome-gut-brain axis, obesity, food addition and binge-eating disorder. Intermediate Level.
  • Pharmacist information: ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-19-010-H01-P, IRD: 3-1-19, ERD: 3-1-22. Knowledge based activity.

Course Objectives:

  • State the relationship between diet, nutrition and mental health.
  • Define key targets for nutritional intervention: The immune system, brain plasticity and the microbiome-gut-brain axis.
  • List dietary deficiencies that contribute to the development of mental health disorders.
  • Explain the connection between intestinal inflammation, brain inflammation and mood disorders.
  • Recognize the research on the role of diet and dietary supplements in treating depression and anxiety.
  • Define dietary strategies for treating children and adults with ADHD.
  • Identify the research on nutrition and dietary interventions for autism spectrum disorder.
  • Explain the relationship between leaky gut, ADHD, and autism along with how inflammation affects behavior.
  • List the five main types of overeating and how diet affects neurotransmitters.
  • Explain the science of food addiction and brain signals.
  • Name diet strategies for treating binge eating behavior.

Course Credit: 6 Contact Hours

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Who Should Take This Course:

  • Pharmacists, Nursing professionals (nursing pharmacology hours offered), Dietitians, Physical and Occupational Therapy professionals, and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Completion of course materials.
  • Completion of course post-test (70%) and course evaluation.

Faculty: Ginger Schirmer, PhD, RD

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