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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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Clinical Update

Treating Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Topics: Addyi | Alternative treatments | Bupropion | Complimentary treatments | Female hypoactive sexual desire disorder | Female Issues in Psychiatry | natural treatments | Sex Therapy | Vyleesi

With the marketing of two new treatments for female sexual dysfunction, one thing is certain: You can expect to see more patients asking for these medications. What’s less certain is whether they will work. Flibanserin (Addyi) and bremelanotide (Vyleesi), the two FDA-approved treatments, both have small effect sizes (0.3–0.4) on various measures o

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