Clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge researches a taboo subject — the use of micronutrients as treatment for mental illness. At TEDxChristchurch, she introduces several studies she and her team have conducted regarding the effect of micronutrients on those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, and shares some studies from colleagues researching other disorders.
While the studies show promise for developing new ways to treat mental illness or protect those vulnerable to developing it, there is still a lot of research to be done, Rucklidge says in her talk:
“There are still many questions remaining between the relationship between mental health and nutrition. What role do genetics play in determining who’s going to respond to nutrients and who needs additional nutrients than what they can get out of their diet? What role does [our gut] play in the absorption of nutrients? … And what role do medications play in determining how effective nutrients are?”
Watch her whole talk below:
Insight from the TEDx office — why we like this talk:
The speaker is an academic with years of experience conducting university-affiliated research. She presents her idea — that micronutrients could lead to a breakthrough in mental illness treatment — by presenting findings from her own (and others’) research, and notes that with all novel findings, confirmation of positive results takes time, and research often presents more questions than answers.