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Holistic and Nutritional Approaches in Mental Health


This resource page is part of two Online Courses
Nutrition and Mental Health
Holistic and Nutritional Approaches to Treating Psychological Disorders

CE Credits for Psychologists. CE Credits (CEUs) for LMFTs, Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses.
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General – Mental Health and Nutrition

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Resources for Specific Conditions





Chronic Fatigue, Adrenal Fatigue

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Pediatric Mood Disorders

  • Shannon, Scott (2009). Integrative Approaches to Pediatric Mood Disorders, Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine 15 (5)


Critique and Caution in the Use of Supplements in the Treatment of Mental Health Conditions

Additional References

  • Bergmans, R.S. & Malecki, K.M. The association of dietary inflammatory potential with depression and mental well-being among U.S. adults, Preventive Medicine, Volume 99, June 2017, 313-319.
  • Beyer, J.L. & Payne, M.E. Nutrition and Bipolar Depression, Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Volume 39, Issue 1, March 2016, 75-86.
  • Bowman, G.L., Silbert, L.C., Howieson, D., Dodge, H.H., Traber, M.G., Frei, B., Quinn, J.F. Nutrient biomarker patterns, cognitive function, and MRI measures of brain aging. Neurology, 78 (2012), 241–249.
  • Chandola, H.M. & Tanna, I. Chapter 14 - Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Brain and Neurological Health with Special Reference to Clinical Depression, In Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Brain and Neurological Health, (2014) edited by Ronald Ross Watson and Fabien De Meester, Academic Press, Boston, 163-179.
  • Lin, C. Chao, H., Li, Z., Xu, X., Liu, Y., Bao, Z., Hou, L., Liu, Y., Wang, X., You, Y., Liu, N., Ji, J. Omega-3 fatty acids regulate NLRP3 inflammasome activation and prevent behavior deficits after traumatic brain injury, Experimental Neurology, Volume 290, April 2017, 115-122.
  • Cooper, J.K., Nutrition and the brain: what advice should we give?, Neurobiology of Aging, Volume 35, Supplement 2, September 2014, S79-S83.
  • Daviglus, M.L., Bell, C.C., Berrettini, W., Bowen, P.E., Connolly Jr., E.S., Cox, N.J., Trevisan, M. National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference statement: preventing Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Ann. Intern. Med., 153 (2010), 176–181.
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 2017. Dietary Supplements. Available at:
  • Galasko, D.R., Peskind, E., Clark, C.M., Quinn, J.F., Ringman, J.M., Jicha, G.A., Aisen, P. Antioxidants for Alzheimer disease: a randomized clinical trial with cerebrospinal fluid biomarker measures. Arch. Neurol., 69 (2012), 836–841.
  • Giles, G.E., Mahoney, C.R., Urry, Heather L., Brunyé, T.T., Taylor, H.A., Kanarek, R.B., Omega-3 fatty acids and stress-induced changes to mood and cognition in healthy individuals, Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, Volume 132, May 2015, 10-19.
  • Ginty, A., Conklin, S. Short-term supplementation of acute long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may alter depression status and decrease symptomology among young adults with depression: A preliminary randomized and placebo controlled trial, Psychiatry Research, Volume 229, Issues 1–2, 30 September 2015, 485-489.
  • Parletta, P., Zarnowiecki, D., Cho, J. Wilson, A., Procter, N., Gordon, A., Bogomolova, S., O’Dea, K., Strachan, J., Ballestrin, M., Champion, A., Meyer, B. People with schizophrenia and depression have a low omega-3 index, Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids (PLEFA), Volume 110, July 2016, 42-47.
  • Nicolia, V., Lucarelli, M., Fuso, A. Environment, epigenetics and neurodegeneration: Focus on nutrition in Alzheimer's disease, Experimental Gerontology, Volume 68, August 2015, 8-12.
  • Oh, J. & Kim, T. Serum lipid levels in depression and suicidality: The Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) 2014, Journal of Affective Disorders, Volume 213, 15 April 2017, 51-58.
  • Wachs, T. D., Georgieff, M., Cusick, S. and McEwen, B. S. (2014), Issues in the timing of integrated early interventions: contributions from nutrition, neuroscience, and psychological research. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 1308: 89–106.
  • Wani, A.L., Bhat, S.A., Ara, A. Omega-3 fatty acids and the treatment of depression: a review of scientific evidence, Integrative Medicine Research, Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2015, 132-141.

Disclaimer: The content of this course and this site is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained in this course or this site is or should be considered or used as a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult with a licensed, quality medical professional about diagnosis, treatment, and health care advice before a change or proposed change in a treatment plan. The course encourages clinicians and patients to clearly differentiate between supplements and FDA approved drugs.

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