Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection

Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection

Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection

Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection

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Exploring the connection between nutrition and mental wellness so therapists can provide more effective, integrated treatment.

Diet is an essential component of a client’s clinical profile. Few therapists, however, have any nutritional training, and many don’t know where to begin. In Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health, Leslie Korn provides clinicians with a practical guide to the complex relationship between what we eat and the way we think, feel, and interact with the world.

Where there is mental illness there is frequently a history of digestive and nutritional problems. Digestive problems in turn exacerbate mental distress, all of which can be improved by nutritional changes. It’s not unusual for a deficit or excess of certain nutrients to disguise itself as a mood disorder. Indeed, nutritional deficiencies factor into most mental illness—from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia and PTSD—and dietary changes can work alongside or even replace medications to alleviate symptoms and support mental wellness.

Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health offers the mental health clinician the principles and practices necessary to provide clients with nutritional counseling to improve mood and mental health. Integrating clinical evidence with the author’s extensive clinical experience, it takes clinicians step-by-step through
the essentials for integrating nutritional therapies into mental health treatment. Throughout, brief clinical vignettes illustrate commonly encountered obstacles and how to overcome them.

Readers will learn:
• Why nutrition matters in mental health
• The role of various nutrients in nourishing both the brain and the gut, the “second brain”
• Typical nutritional culprits that underlie or exacerbate specific mental disorders
• Assessment techniques for evaluating a client’s unique nutritional needs, and counseling methods for the challenging but rewarding process of nutritional change.
• Leading-edge protocols for the use of various macro- and micronutrients, vitamins, and supplements to improve mental health
• Considerations for food allergies, sensitivities, and other special diets
• The effects of foods and nutrients on DSM-5 categories of illness, and alternatives to pharmaceuticals for treatment
• Comprehensive, stage-based approaches to coaching clients about dietary plans, nutritional supplements, and other resources
• Ideas for practical, affordable, and individualized diets, along with optimal cooking methods and recipes
• Nutritional strategies to help with withdrawal from drugs, alcohol and pharmaceuticals

And much more. With this resource in hand, clinicians can enhance the efficacy of all their methods and be prepared to support clients’ mental health with more effective, integrated treatment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393709940
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/11/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 529,547
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Leslie Korn, PhD, is a clinician specializing in mental health nutrition and integrative medicine. A core faculty member of Capella University’s Mental Health Counseling Program, she served as a Fulbright scholar on traditional medicine, a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a National
Institutes of Health-funded research scientist in mind/body medicine. In 1975, she founded the Center for Traditional Medicine, a public health clinic in rural indigenous Mexico that she directed for over 25 years. Author of six books, she teaches and consults internationally for mental health professionals and tribal communities.

James Lake, MD, is on the clinical faculty at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He practices in Central California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Chapter 1 Why Does Nutrition Matter in Mental Health? 1

Chapter 2 The Second Brain: Trust Your Gut 29

Chapter 3 Listening to Your Clients About Their Diet and Health: Assessment Techniques 57

Chapter 4 Common Diagnoses and Typical Nutritional Culprits 99

Chapter 5 Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Special Diets 125

Chapter 6 The Kitchen Is Your Pharmacy 167

Chapter 7 Best Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Glandulars, and Special Nutrients for Mental Health 215

Chapter 8 Medication: Side Effects and Withdraw! 283

Chapter 9 Putting It All Together: Making Recommendations for Success 307

Appendices 327

References 409

Index 425

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