Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry (November/December)

Date of Issue: 11/01/2016 | Volume: 14 | Number: 11

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) are treatments that work best for less serverly ill patients, or as an augmentation strategy. In this issue, we help with advice on evaluating which patients are good candidates for CAM, and list the benefits and risks of supplements and herbal adaptogens for psychiatric patients.

In This Issue

Research Update

Statins and SSRIs Together Lead to Better Outcomes in Depression

Topics: Depressive Disorder | Research Updates

Is depression a disorder of inflammation? This intriguing hypothesis has been floating around in the literature over the past few years. Thus far, the findings are suggestive but not definitive. For instance, one marker of inflammation, C-reactive protein, was found to be higher in people with psychological distress and depression.

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Research Update

Large Study Finds Antipsychotic Use During First Trimester Does Not Increase Risk of Malformations

Topics: Antipsychotics | Research Updates

The use of antipsychotics during pregnancy has doubled over the past decade, and there have been ongoing concerns about the risk of congenital malformations. In the May issue of TCPR, we reviewed a pregnancy registry study showing no significant association between atypical antipsychotic use and major malformation.

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Using Natural Supplements

Topics: Natural Medications | Practice Tools and Tips

The author, Dr. Massoumi, is an integrative holistic psychiatrist. She combines the conventional care of psychiatric medications and counseling with non-medication treatments, including supplements and electromagnetic devices, and have had good success. In this article, she reviews some of my practices and discuss various nutritional and herbal supplements that you might consider prescribing for your patients.

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Expert Q&A

Benefits of Alpha-Stim

Topics: Brain Devices | Depressive Disorder | Natural Medications | Practice Tools and Tips

Dr. Massoumi is one of the most nationally prominent psychiatrists teaching about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments. In this Expert Q&A she discussses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), with a focus on Alpha-Stim.

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