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Nutrition in Mental Health

Joyce Donahue, MA, RD, LD/N

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Nutrition in Mental Health is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that discusses how good nutrition impacts a person's mental health and well being. So often, we think of nutrition and its relationship to our bodies from the neck down. How it affects our heart, how it affects our colon, for example. Why do we not acknowledge its impact on our brain health as well? If a patient were to undergo an elective surgical procedure, he or she may be advised to lose weight, gain weight, or avoid certain medications or herbs beforehand. These recommendations are made to help ensure maximum recovery with minimal complications. Why would we not take this approach when dealing with mental illness as well? Shouldn’t we try to achieve optimal nutritional health of the brain if we are trying to heal it?

This course includes discussions on "mental wellness" versus "mental illness," hypothyroidism and it's impact on mental health, neurotransmitters and amino acids, glycemic index, vitamins, fatty acids, caffeine, chocolate and aspartame, and herbal supplements and medications. Case studies are provided. This course will give the reader some insight into this concept, by providing the student with clinical research, anecdotal information and a good background for understanding the role nutrition plays in mental health.

Closeout course #30-18 | 2005 | 30 pages | 24 posttest questions

This course will be permanently retired on July 31, 2017.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the differences between mental wellness and mental illness
2. Compare the connections between hypothyroidism and mental health
3. Assess the relationship between neurotransmitters, amino acids, and moods
4. Summarize the effects of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids on mental health
5. Explain how caffeine, chocolate and Aspartame relate to mental health
6. List the benefits and risks of taking herbal supplements and medication for improving mental health
CE INFORMATION



Professional Development Resources is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education (Provider #3159). OT Content Focus - Domain of OT: Context; OT Process: Outcomes. This program is offered for .3 CEU's. The assignment of AOTA CEU's does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of OT Practice (Provider #34).

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As part of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Approved Provider renewal process, AOTA is requesting that participants of this course complete a short online survey about your continuing education experience with our organization. Completing this survey will enter you into a quarterly drawing for a $100 voucher for AOTA publications or CE. To access the survey go to http://www.aota.org/appsurvey.

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COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Joyce Donahue, MA, RD, LD/N, has been a dietitian since 1974, graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. degree and later receiving her M.A. degree from New York University. For the past 20+ years Joyce has had a successful private practice and nutritional consulting business. Clients have included nursing homes, hospitals, physicians and their patients, health clubs, business and industry, as well as individual clients. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Florida International University in Miami.


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