Diet & Nutrition

Diet & Nutrition


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Families Interested In The Nutritional Aspect Of Serious Mental Illness (NZ) – Any families who are interested and think it would benefit them to discuss nutrition and the connection with serious mental illness with a mother who has researched this area for 15 years, with some success, are invited to contact Julie by phone or write to: Nutritional Support, C/- Supporting Families in Mental Illness Auckland, PO Box 78122 Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1245.
Nutrition & Psychiatry (US) – In this issue, Jacka et al. present data regarding the association of dietary patterns with depression and anxiety.  Jacka and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study in Australia in which adult women were randomly selected.  A comprehensive food frequency questionnaire was developed to reflect 12-month eating habits, and it was administered to each subject.  The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR was utilized to assess psychiatric disorders, with particular focus on major depressive disorder, dysthymia, and anxiety disorders. The 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) was also used to quantify psychiatric symptoms.

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Main Line Health (US) – It is common sense to realize that the same foods that affect your body will affect your brain.  If you keep a healthy body, you will keep a healthy brain.  But we are only just beginning to understand how the brain as an organ is influenced by the nutrients from the foods we eat and how diets have an impact on our mental health.  Food can have an immediate and lasting effect on mental health and behavior because of the way it affects the structure and function of the brain.
Mental Health Foundation (UK) – We are campaigning to change behaviour to increase the use of diet in the care, treatment and promotion of mental health.