270568 Food and Mood: The science behind the effects of food and nutrients on anxiety, social phobia, panic attacks and other mental health disorders

Monday, October 29, 2012

Trudy Scott, Certified Nutritionist , Food, Mood and Women's Health, Rancho Cordova, CA
There is much recent evidence supporting the food-mood connection and there are some very exciting recent studies that support this for both anxiety disorders and other mental health disorders. An editorial in the American Journal of Psychiatry offered a very powerful comment on three food-mood studies: “It is both compelling and daunting to consider that dietary intervention at an individual or population level could reduce rates of psychiatric disorders. There are exciting implications for clinical care, public health, and research” (Freeman 2010, 245). It's important to consider food quality, which foods to eat, specific foods to avoid, individual nutrients, as well as the biochemical individuality of each individual. This poster will provide the science behind the effects of food and nutrients on anxiety, social phobia and panic attacks. It will also address the benefits of foods and nutrients for depression, addictions, digestive disorders and sleep disorders that often go hand-in-hand with anxiety disorders.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
•demonstrate the power of real whole foods for anxiety disorders and mental health in general, and the recent food-mood and nutrient research •describe the effects of the following on anxiety/mood disorders: sugar consumption, blood sugar imbalances, gluten and caffeine consumption, poor digestion, individual amino acids, pyroluria, vitamin D levels and lifestyle factors such as exercise •demonstrate the effects of foods and nutrients with a case study and share resources for working with a nutrition professional

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Mental Illness

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Certified Nutritionist in private practice. The focus of my practice is food, mood and women’s health, with a strong emphasis on anxiety. I am the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution (June 2011, New Harbinger). I am a professional member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, am immediate past President of the organization and currently serve as Special Advisor to the Board of Directors.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
New Harbinger author Book: The Antianxiety Food Solution

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.