Prof Michael Berk is the Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University. He is a past President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders and the Australasian Society of Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. In addition, he holds several honorary professorial research fellowships. Prof Berk has published over 800 papers and has received several national and international awards, including the Brain and Behaviour Foundation Colvin prize.
Take Home Points
• Mediterranean diet is better than psychosocial intervention at reducing depressive symptoms.
• There are economic advantages to prescribing a healthy diet to patients with depression.
• Combination nutraceuticals perform worse than placebo when prescribed to patients with depression.