The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | Julia Rucklidge | TEDxChristchurch


NOTE FROM TED: Please consult with a mental health professional and do not look to this talk for medical advice as the intersection of mental health and nutrition is still an emerging field of study. We’ve flagged this talk for falling outside TEDx’s curatorial guidelines because it oversimplifies interpretations of legitimate studies. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here:

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this critically important talk, clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research, including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.

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Date: November 11, 2014

30 thoughts on “The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | Julia Rucklidge | TEDxChristchurch

  1. Nutrition and mental health are closely related. Following a healthy diet that includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods can improve brain function, mood, and overall well-being.

  2. Good content. I would argue however that the data on increased rates can also be due to over diagnoses. ADHD alone we see this. Clinics on every corner to "test your child for ADHD" . Lots of money being made in these areas at the expense of young people.

  3. Medical and psychological science has not yet fully discovered that unforgiveness is the root cause of mental illness. Healing starts with Forgiving… And only God can heal.

  4. Unfortunately big pharma made the system to rely on drug dependence so they can have a continuous revenue stream. We have to revolutionize that before anything gets better imo. These cheaper and more beneficial methods are of zero value to them and in fact they would probably devalue them before integrating them

  5. Well this informative talk upset someone since it was flagged citing " oversimplified".
    The modern medical proponents hate anything that isn't a drug. Not enough money in it. Food corporations and drug corporations must surely be working hand in hand…Food makes us sick and we head to the doctors for some drugs . What a setup.

  6. I've also had a mental rollercoaster ride of my own and I only can suggest everyone strungling with mental health to take those 4 colums of mental health into account:
    – nutrition
    – genetics
    – infections and immune system responses
    – social surrounding/personal life

    First of all, ask yourself why you feel depressed or anxious. If the answer is because of toxic relationsships, then find a way to end them. If you do not know why as you are truely comfortable with your life, then your mental illness is due to physical complications. In that case, you want to first do a genetic test because this is basically ruling out lots of rare but "easy to detect" genetic diseases that often result in mental problems. Genetic tests can also help you find out what "eating style" is good for you. (If you have heriditary hemochromatosis, you have to eat less iron-rich foods than a normal person and if you have genes that will hinder iron absorption, you will have to consume more of it. And almost all nutritients depent on certain genes for their absorption, synthesis and proccessing.) Autoimmunity and infections also play a huge role. Sometimes, genetics can help with checking for autoimmunity subceptibility, infectious diseases or immune suppression too. Infections are also highly prevalent but often not "fatal" or "severe" enough to have doctors suspect them. There are also good herbal remedies for some of those infections if your doctor does not want to treat or even test you for them. At the end of the day, it's still a lot od trial and error and one needs to find his or her own way.

  7. Your message is so true. I was a sugar addict as a child and suffered from depression and obesity. When I turned my problems over to God I found healing and deliverance from letting food ruin my life. I am glad to say I help Christian women understand how nutrition effects our mental health. God bless you and Thank you so much for getting the message out there.

  8. At the end, it all comes down to money. Healthy food is expensive. Excersising may cost money (running shoes, a gym membership…) and even having time to rest is expensive, because that's time you can't work or be there for your family.

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