Presenters: Amelia Villagomez, MD
Date: November 2021
Format: 1 hr event recording
Special recording from the 2021 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Symposium!
Over the past decades, research has been growing for the use of Broad Spectrum Micronutrients (BSMs) in children and adolescents. Two specific BSM products have been studied in multiple clinical trials and contain a blend of amino acids, antioxidants, and all vitamins and known minerals in amounts between the Recommended Dietary Allowance and Upper Tolerable Intake Level.
Supplementation with single nutrients (eg magnesium, zinc, iron, omega 3s, vitamin D) has shown mixed and typically small benefit for the treatment of ADHD; however, two randomized clinical trials and open label trials have shown that BSMs have a significant and clinically meaningful improvement in symptoms of ADHD in children and adolescents – specifically in irritability, aggression, and anger.
In this presentation, Dr. Villagomez will discuss the potential mechanism of action, research trials, and indications for the use of BSMs, as well as prescribing BSMs in clinical practice.
About Amelia Villagomez, MD
Dr. Villagomez attended medical school at Texas A&M, completing her training in General Psychiatry at Yale, and did a fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard. After completing her fellowship, she served as the Medical Director of the outpatient child/adolescent psychiatry clinic at the University of Arizona. She then practiced child/adolescent psychiatry in Canada and worked in various settings (inpatient, outpatient, and ER). Currently, Dr. Villagomez has a private practice (findmindful.com) and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona where she trains residents, fellows, and faculty in Integrative Psychiatry. Dr. Villagomez has always been interested in searching for tools to help people heal more holistically. To this end, she completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, is certified in Mind-Body techniques, and trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a rapid trauma therapy based on the science of memory reconsolidation.
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