Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food

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 spectrum disorder (ASD), microbiome-gut-brain axis, obesity, food addition and binge-eating disorder. Intermediate Level.
  • Pharmacist information: ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-21-027-L01-P, IRD: 6-3-2021. Knowledge based activity.
Course Objective:

  • 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.
  • Explain the how certain micro- and macronutrients can affect mood and behavior and how nutrient deficiencies can contribute to the development of mental health disorders.
  • Identify 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 and ASD and the research behind the them.
  • Explain the relationship between leaky gut, ADHD, depression, and ASD along with how inflammation affects behavior.
  • Explain gluten and casein sensitivity with the presentation of depression, psychosis and ASD in clients.
  • Name the five main types of overeating and how diet affects neurotransmitters.
  • Explain the science of food addiction along with dietary strategies for treatment.
Learning Outcome: At least 80% of class participants will score 70% or greater on course post-test.

Course Credit: 6 Contact Hours

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Who Should Attend:

Pharmacists, Dietitians, Nursing professionals, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy professionals, and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

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

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