Experts shed light on role of diet in managing depression at MCM

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Chandigarh

10 April 2017

DIVYA AZAD

The Department of Home Science of MCM DAV College for Women organized a Continuing Nutrition Education (CNE) programme on ‘Role of Diet in Managing Depression’ in collaboration with Indian Dietetics Association (IDA), Chandigarh Chapter. The programme was a part of the observation of World Health Day with the theme ‘Depression-Lets Talk’ being extended to ‘Depression-Lets Talk Nutrition’. The aim of the programme was to create awareness about nutrition as a crucial aspect
linked to one’s psychological well-being and how diet can help fight depression. Dr. S. Grover, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER highlighted the basic issues involved in the pathology of depression with special reference to pregnant and post partum women. The President of IDA Chandigarh Chapter- Mrs.Madhu Sharma deliberated upon the nutritional issues involved and highlighted the role of nutrients like magnesium folate, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D in managing depression effectively. Dr.Ruby Ahuja, Clinical Psychologist, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula spoke about the psycho-social aspects involved in management and prevention of depression.

Terming this initiative of the Home Science Department praiseworthy in light of the rising incidence of depression, Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava said that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body and this is where the diet assumes paramount importance in mental health of a person.

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