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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 7165425, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/7165425
Case Report

Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Hypoglycemia Symptoms Improved with Diet Modification

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1255 Sheppard Avenue E., Toronto, ON, Canada M2K 1E2

Received 14 March 2016; Accepted 26 June 2016

Academic Editor: Fabrice Jollant

Copyright © 2016 Monique Aucoin and Sukriti Bhardwaj. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Observational evidence suggests that a relationship may exist between high glycemic index diets and the development of anxiety and depression symptoms; however, as no interventional studies assessing this relationship in a psychiatric population have been completed, the possibility of a causal link is unclear. AB is a 15-year-old female who presented with concerns of generalized anxiety disorder and hypoglycemia symptoms. Her diet consisted primarily of refined carbohydrates. The addition of protein, fat, and fiber to her diet resulted in a substantial decrease in anxiety symptoms as well as a decrease in the frequency and severity of hypoglycemia symptoms. A brief return to her previous diet caused a return of her anxiety symptoms, followed by improvement when she restarted the prescribed diet. This case strengthens the hypothesis that dietary glycemic index may play a role in the pathogenesis or progression of mental illnesses such as generalized anxiety disorder and subsequently that dietary modification as a therapeutic intervention in the treatment of mental illness warrants further study.