Food and Mood (April)

Date of Issue: 04/01/2014 | Volume: 5 | Number: 2

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

This issue informs the clinician on the relationship between food and its effect on mood in children and adolescents. The research and evidence surrounding artificial food dyes and behavior is examined as well as the benefits of using an integrative approach to treat childhood obesity. A discussion of the effects of chocolate on mood and cognition is also presented.

In This Issue


The Real Story About Food Dyes and Behavior

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry

We’ve seen these parents in our practice: those that say their children get “hyper” from eating a red Popsicle or that the orange mac and cheese makes their ADHD somehow worse. But what’s the evidence that food dyes are actually related to behavior?

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Does Chocolate Do a Body Good?

Doctors and parents alike are always concerned with adolescents’ diets, from sugar-laden sodas to nutritionally-deficient fast food. But could a perennial favorite—chocolate—actually be good for kids’ mental health? Some researchers have theorized that chocolate has antidepressant benefits, alleviates anxiety, and improves cognition.

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Expert Q&A

Using Integrative Psychiatry to Treat Childhood Obesity

Topics: Child Psychiatry

Integrative psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Dunckley explains how good nutrition, exercise, and getting away from electronic screens can help prevent and combat childhood obesity.

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Research Update

The Link Between Social Anxiety and Suicidal Ideation

Topics: Anxiety Disorder | Research Updates

The teen years are known as a time of increased suicide risk. Associated factors such as depression, social support, and anxiety were recently studied to understand their relationship to ideation, planning, and suicide attempts. Researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examined how social anxiety is related to risk of suicidal ideation.

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News of Note

Autistic Brain Differences May Develop in the Womb

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | News of Note

Abnormalities in the brains of autistic children can be traced back to the development of neurons in utero, according to a new study published in the March 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (Stoner R, N Engl J Med 2014; 370:1209–1219).

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