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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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l-Methylfolate for Depression: Costly Mistake or Good Thinking?

Topics: Antidepressants | CAM Treatments | Deplin | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Folate | Folic Acid | l-methylfolate | methylfolate | Natural Medications | Nutrition | Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | Treatment-Resistant Depression

Folate (Vitamin B9) has a long track record as a low-cost, low-risk augmentation strategy in depression. It’s also available in a more expensive form, l-methylfolate (Deplin), that promises better results but at a premium price. So, is the cost worth it? Folate pathwaysFolate (the natural form of folic acid) is a B vitamin that’s important in psych

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ConsumerLab.com: Guiding Patients Toward OTCs That Won’t Hurt Them

Topics: Anxiety Disorder | Natural Medications | Practice Tools and Tips

“It’s rare that my patients don’t at some point or another try an over-the-counter sleep aid, anxiety preparation, or antidepressant supplement,” says TCPR board member Richard Gardiner, MD, who practices psychiatry in Mendocino County, California. While supplements may be helpful—we covered this topic in TCPR’s November/December 2016 issue

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Using Natural Supplements

Topics: Natural Medications | Practice Tools and Tips

Patients are increasingly asking us about complementary and alternative treatments for their psychiatric issues. If you don’t know much about these treatments, you may end up saying something like, “Well, we don’t have as much data on these as we do for standard treatments—they might help, but we just don’t know. Let me refer you to….”

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Benefits of Alpha-Stim

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

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Research Update

Fish Oil Doesn’t Curb Aggressive Behavior

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Natural Medications | Research Updates

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Nutritional Supplements in the Treatment of Childhood ADHD

Topics: Natural Medications

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as nutritional supplements, is common in children with ADHD, despite limited evidence for its effectiveness. Many consumers use these treatments, often without telling their physicians. Asking patients about them allows for a discussion of the risks and benefits. Nutritional supplements in

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Placebo: It’s Good for What Ails You

Topics: Natural Medications

The most studied psychiatric medication for children, and arguably the most broad-spectrum medication available, is placebo. It has proven itself repeatedly to be as good or better than a number of FDA-approved medications that are effective in adults. It has been found to be effective in up to half of pediatric patients for conditions as different as s

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Can Diet Really Improve Autism?

Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Natural Medications

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Probiotics: Good for the Mind?

Topics: Natural Medications | News of Note

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OTC Agents for Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia

Topics: Natural Medications

More than 38% of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) yearly, with 12.7% using so-called “natural products” (Barnes PM et al, CDC Nat Health Stat Rep #12, 2008). More than a third of people over age 50 report use of supplements, yet only about half have discussed this with their doctors (AARP/NCCAM Survey of US Adults 50+, 2010

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Nootropics and Antioxidants: The Next Big Things in Psychiatry?

Topics: Natural Medications

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. Nootropics One relatively new grou

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Acupuncture in a Psychiatric Practice

Topics: Natural Medications

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. Although acupuncture originated in China, the practice evolved and ch

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Table: Complementary and Alternative Medicines in Psychiatry

Topics: Natural Medications

Documents:  Complementary and Alternative Medicines in Psychiatry

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Diet and Mental Health

Topics: Natural Medications

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Integrative Mental Health Care

Topics: Natural Medications

TCPR: Dr. Lake, please tell us what integrative medicine is.  Dr. Lake: In the broadest sense, integrative medicine encompasses methods and research findings from both mainstream biomedicine and the range of so-called complementary and alternative (CAM) specialties including, for example, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, and homeopathy. Integrati

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Deplin: Is it Just Folate by Another Name?

Topics: Depressive Disorder | Natural Medications

Patients are probably asking you about Deplin, or L-methylfolate, a version of folic acid that is being marketed by Pamlab as an adjunctive treatment for depression. In a prior issue of TCPR (June 2009) we reviewed available information on Deplin, concluding that there’s little evidence it is any more helpful for depression than much cheaper folic aci

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Nuedexta for Pseudobulbar Affect

Topics: Mood Stabilizers | Natural Medications | Neuroscience in Psychiatry

Pseudobulbar affect (PBA), also known as pseudobulbar palsy, is a neurological condition in which patients have sudden outbursts of crying or laughing. While the episodes can be triggered by events that would ordinarily elicit genuine sadness or amusement, patients with PBA react with intense displays of emotion that they cannot control. The frequency o

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Mood Disorders

Topics: Mood Stabilizers | Natural Medications | Women's Issues in Psychiatry

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Research Update

Are Omega-3s Effective for ADHD?

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry | Natural Medications | Research Updates

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