Major Depressive Disorder and Food Hypersensitivity: A Case Report
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common chronic mental health condition and not all patients respond to pharmacotherapy. Increasing evidence suggests that dietary choices play a role in the pathogenesis of mental illness and serve as modifiable factors with utility in the treatment of these disorders. Although many mechanisms are being explored, one area of study is the role of food hypersensitivity reactions in mental health conditions.
This article reports on a 34-year-old female patient with MDD whose symptoms improved in response to a dietary intervention involving the elimination of common food allergens. Reintroduction of the foods on several occasions was associated with a worsening of mood symptoms. Serum IgG testing reported results consistent with the reintroduction challenge.
Discussion and Conclusions:
Hypothesized mechanisms underlying the potential relationship between food hypersensitivity and MDD are presented. Further research in this area is warranted.
Aucoin M.,Bhardwaj S.
Aucoin M, Bhardwaj S: Major Depressive Disorder and Food Hypersensitivity: A Case Report. Neuropsychobiology 2019;78:249-255. doi: 10.1159/000502963