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1st Edition

Nutrition and Mental Health

ISBN 9781439863350
Published January 29, 2013 by CRC Press
308 Pages

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Book Description

Although primary advanced vitamin and mineral deficiencies are rare in the developed world, many common health conditions deplete nutritional status, including sub-optimal dietary intake, frequent alcohol consumption, changes in appetite due to aging, food allergies or sensitivities, special diets, and eating disorders. Covering topics as diverse as aging, the brain, eating habits, genetics, lifestyle, nutrients, and psychology, this book brings together two extremely complex aspects of life—human nutrition and mental health.

Organized by mental health concern as well as nutrient group, Nutrition and Mental Health reviews the scientific literature from many fields of science: health, psychology, nutrition, mental well-being, and the interface with chronic disease. It provides a straightforward, readable report of broadly selected scientific research on how various nutrients affect mental health. Professional resources are provided in easy-to-access tables as well as suggested formats for assessing nutritional status and guidelines for interpretation. Chapter summaries, a descriptive table of contents, an index, and glossary assist the reader in finding specific topics of interest.

A variety of mental health conditions may affect a person’s ability and interest in getting and eating a well-rounded selection of foods. An examination of the role diet plays in mental health, this book reviews the scientific literature from many fields of science: health, psychology, nutrition, mental well-being, and chronic disease management.

Table of Contents

Historical Perspective. Addiction—Food, Alcohol, and Caffeine. Aggression, Anger, Hostility, and Violence. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Genetics, Nutrition, and Inherited Disorders of Metabolism. Intellect, Cognition, and Dementia. Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Suicide. Schizophrenia. Starvation, Eating Disorders, Craving, Dieting, and Bariatric Surgery. Quality of Life, Well-Being, and Stress. Additional Links between Mental Status and Nutritional Status. Conclusions and Recommendations.

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Dr. Leyse-Wallace received her B.S. degree from the University of California at Davis as a member of Phi Kappa Phi; earned her M.S. degree while completing her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, and in 1998 was awarded her PhD from The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

She began practicing clinical dietetics at Osawatomie State Hospital, followed by practicing at The Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas from 1977 to 1984. She was later employed at Mesa Vista Hospital (now Sharp-Mesa Vista) in San Diego, California and HCA Willow Park Hospital in Plano, Texas. Her practice included providing nutritional care for patients of all ages hospitalized for eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and general psychiatric diagnoses. While attending graduate school in Tucson, Dr. Wallace served at Sierra Tucson and Hospice Family Care in Tucson, as well as Group Health Medical Associates, a general medicine clinic, on a part-time basis. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Pima County College in Tucson and Mesa College in San Diego. A long-term member of The American Dietetic Association (ADA), She has been an active contributor to the Behavioral Health Nutrition dietetic practice group in the ADA, (now The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

Dr. Leyse-Wallace retired from clinical practice and engages in professional writing and speaking. She lives in Alpine, California in eastern San Diego County and has three adult children and five grandchildren.