Natural and Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry

July / August, 2013 | Vol: 11 Issue: 7

In this issue

Learning Objective


OTC Agents for Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia

Natural and Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry, The Carlat Psychiatry Report

More than 38% of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) yearly, with 12.7% using so-called “natural products." More than a third of people over age 50 report use of supplements, yet only about half have discussed this with their doctors.

Nootropics and Antioxidants: The Next Big Things in Psychiatry?

With an ongoing desire for “natural” products, and disappointment with the cost and efficacy of current prescription medications, more patients have turned to supplements. As a psychiatrist, the more you know about these supplements, the better you can have a conversation about their known risks and benefits.

Acupuncture in a Psychiatric Practice

Is acupuncture a useful alternative therapy for your patients? Perhaps. In 2007, the National Health Interview Survey noted that more than three million American adults were using acupuncture each year to ease chronic pain, a number that is likely to have risen in the past five years.

Expert Q&A

Diet and Mental Health

Drew Ramsey, PhD, author of “50 Shades of Kale,” discusses how diet is tied to mental health and offers tips on how to help your patients improve their diets and improve their minds.

Integrative Mental Health Care

James Lake, MD, of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health, discusses details on integrative mental health care and how it is the best way to care for our patients.

Research Update

Self-Medication of Mood Symptoms with Alcohol is a Risk Factor for Alcohol Dependence

Patients often report alcohol use as a way to “self-medicate” mood symptoms. A new study demonstrates that this self-medication may serve as a precursor to the development or persistence of alcohol dependence, as defined by the DSM-IV.