Over-the-Counter Supplements for the Treatment of Depression
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2010, 3070, 3100, 5320
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.3.6, 10.2.7, 10.4.1, 10.4.4
CPE Level 2
CDR Activity Type 740
This continuing education course examines the current level of evidence behind the use of over-the-counter supplements to modulate symptoms of depression in adults, explores the potential benefits and risks of their use, and provides recommendations and strategies for ways RDs can apply this information in a private practice nutrition setting. The evidence for efficacy of the supplements will be discussed and summarized in a table, with details about dosing, side effects, and medication interactions.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Identify the over-the-counter supplements most commonly used by adults to help alleviate symptoms of depression.
- Identify side effects of supplements, including potential medication interactions.
- Assess when a supplement may be contraindicated.
- Identify the limitations of current research and translate the research on supplement use for the treatment of depression into recommendations for clients.
Emily Tarleton, PhD, RD, is a researcher and educator at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR