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Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of depressive disorders in women
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Kristina M. Deligiannidis, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Marlene P. Freeman, Harvard Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
6-1-2010
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Acupuncture Therapy; Adult; Complementary Therapies; Depressive Disorder; Depressive Disorder, Major; Exercise Therapy; Fatty Acids, Omega-3; Female; Humans; Hypericum; Phototherapy; Phytotherapy; Plant Preparations; S-Adenosylmethionine; Sex Factors; Treatment Outcome; United States
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Abstract

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies are commonly practiced in the United States and are used more frequently among women than men. This article reviews several CAM treatments for depressive disorders in women, with a focus on major depressive disorder across the reproductive life cycle. The CAM therapies selected for this review (ie, S-adenosylmethionine, omega-3 fatty acids, St John's wort, bright light therapy, acupuncture, and exercise) were based on their prevalence of use and the availability of randomized, placebo-controlled data. Further study is necessary to delineate the role of specific CAM therapies in premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, antepartum and postpartum depression, lactation, and the menopausal transition.

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Citation: Deligiannidis KM, Freeman MP. Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of depressive disorders in women. Psychiatric Clinics of North America 33(2):441-463, 2010.
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Link to article in PubMed
PubMed ID
20385346
Citation Information
Kristina M. Deligiannidis and Marlene P. Freeman. "Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of depressive disorders in women" Vol. 33 Iss. 2 (2010) ISSN: 1558-3147
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kristina_deligiannidis/6/