Complementary treatments

Clinical Update

Silexan: A Novel Anxiolytic

Topics: Alternative treatments | Anxiety | Anxiety Disorder | Complementary treatments | GAD | Generalized Anxiety Disorder | Lavender | Natural Medications | natural treatments | Novel Medications | Silexan

Patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) often look to medications for help, but GAD is one of the disorders where medications are likely to disappoint. Effect sizes tend to fall in the small range (0.2–0.3) with meds for GAD, including SSRIs, SNRIs, buspirone, and pregabalin (Lyrica). Only the benzodiazepines have an effect in GAD that’s bi

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Expert Q&A

Micronutrients in Mental Health

Topics: Alternative treatments | Autism | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Complementary treatments | Dysregulation | Natural Medications | natural treatments | Nutrition

TCPR: You’ve studied micronutrients in ADHD and other psychiatric disorders. What are micronutrients?Dr. Rucklidge: They are small nutrients—vitamins, minerals, and amino acids—that are essential for your brain to function optimally. They include cofactors like B6, zinc, and magnesium that are involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and h

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Clinical Update

A Practical Guide to Light Therapy

Topics: Alternative treatments | Bipolar Disorder | Complementary treatments | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Light and Dark Therapy | Light therapy | Lightbox | natural treatments | Seasonal Affective Disorder

Outdoor living, morning light, evening darkness, and regular rhythms of sleep and waking all have one thing in common: They prevent depression. That’s the conclusion of many large epidemiologic studies, but for people who work indoors and wake up to dark winter mornings, this isn’t good news (Asai Y et al, J Affect Disord 2018;241:235–240). Here

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