Nutrition and Mental Health: A Success Story

As mental health rates skyrocket into the future, few have stopped to question our traditional methods of treating mental illness. If prescription medicine and psychological therapy were as effective as they’re made out to be, wouldn’t we be seeing a drop in mental illness?

Clinical psychologist and researcher Julia Rucklidge, delivers an eye-opening TED talk on the importance of questioning current methods and the surprising success of nutrition based remedies in treating mental illness. Julia’s research has proven a positive correlation between micro-nutrient treatments and progress in healing mental illness.

Most medical professionals today would scoff at the idea of nutrition being more effective than prescription drugs; however, Julia’s research shows that nutrient-based treatments are incredibly effective at treating a vast array of illnesses including ADHD, depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder.


According to her findings, current prescriptions are only effective on a short-term basis and may even be detrimental to the progress of mental illness in the long-term. In contrast, micro-nutrients were shown to have long term positive effects on the outcome of patients suffering from depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. Additionally, the financial cost of micro-nutrients is significantly lower than that of traditional prescription medication, making the option even more viable and attractive.

Julia stresses that nutrition matters especially in the development of mental illness and it is about time that the medical community got serious about the critical role that nutrition plays.

Watch Julia’s TED talk below for more information: