Nutrition and Mental Health

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  • Organized according to mental health issue including autism, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, starvation (dieting, eating disorders, bariatric surgery), and wellness and mental energy
  • Categorizes nutrients within each chapter, such as essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and use of supplements
  • Provides tables for quick reference, including 1) Mental Health Concerns/Nutritional Concerns Matrix and 2) Health Conditions, Health Histories that Warrant Evaluation for Nutritional Status, and 3) Brief Assessment of Dietary History
  • Includes a downloadable form for Assessment of Nutritional Status with standards and guidelines for interpretation


Although primary advanced vitamin and mineral deficiencies are rare in the developed world, many common health conditions deplete nutritional status, including sub-optimal dietary intake, frequent alcohol consumption, changes in appetite due to aging, food allergies or sensitivities, special diets, and eating disorders. Covering topics as diverse as aging, the brain, eating habits, genetics, lifestyle, nutrients, and psychology, this book brings together two extremely complex aspects of life—human nutrition and mental health.

Organized by mental health concern as well as nutrient group, Nutrition and Mental Health reviews the scientific literature from many fields of science: health, psychology, nutrition, mental well-being, and the interface with chronic disease. It provides a straightforward, readable report of broadly selected scientific research on how various nutrients affect mental health. Professional resources are provided in easy-to-access tables as well as suggested formats for assessing nutritional status and guidelines for interpretation. Chapter summaries, a descriptive table of contents, an index, and glossary assist the reader in finding specific topics of interest.

A variety of mental health conditions may affect a person’s ability and interest in getting and eating a well-rounded selection of foods. An examination of the role diet plays in mental health, this book reviews the scientific literature from many fields of science: health, psychology, nutrition, mental well-being, and chronic disease management.

Table of Contents

Historical Perspective
Addiction—Food, Alcohol, and Caffeine
Aggression, Anger, Hostility, and Violence
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Genetics, Nutrition, and Inherited Disorders of Metabolism
Intellect, Cognition, and Dementia
Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Suicide
Starvation, Eating Disorders, Craving, Dieting, and Bariatric Surgery
Quality of Life, Well-Being, and Stress
Additional Links between Mental Status and Nutritional Status
Conclusions and Recommendations

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AppendixA.docx Cross Platform October 15, 2012 13.1 Appendix A - Nutritional and Diet Assessment tools
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