Jul 7, 2020
Welcome to PsychEd, the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. This episode covers nutritional psychiatry with expert guest Dr. Laura LaChance, Staff Psychiatrist and Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Hospital Centre in Montreal, Quebec and Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University.
The learning objectives for this episode are as follows:
By the end of this episode, you should be able to…
1) Define nutritional psychiatry
2) Understand the mechanisms, common misconceptions, challenges, and current evidence supporting the role for nutrition in mental health
3) Apply this understanding to clinical cases in psychiatry
Guest: Dr. Laura LaChance
Hosts: Dr. Sarah Hanafi (PGY2), Dr. Nima Nahiddi (PGY2), Gray Meckling (CC3)
Audio editing by Dr. Alex Raben (PGY5)
Show notes by Gray Meckling
· Introduction and learning objectives – 0:35
· Dr. Laura LaChance’s professional background – 1:50
· Definition of nutritional psychiatry and history of the field – 3:35
· Putative mechanisms through which nutrition is implicated in mental health – 7:00
· Common misconceptions surrounding the role for nutrition in mental health – 11:45
· Current evidence supporting the role for nutrition in the management of psychiatric illness – 16:00
· Case-based examples of nutrition in clinical psychiatry – 23:35
· Challenges to capitalizing on this mode of intervention in psychiatry – 32:30
· Taking a dietary history in the context of mental health – 34:50
· Future directions in the field of nutritional psychiatry – 41:20
· The gut-microbiome – 43:00
· Tips for those interested and how to get involved – 48:00
· Closing – 50:15
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