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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches for Treatment and Prevention of Late-Life Mood Disorders

David Merrill, Martha Payne and Helen Lavretsky

in Late-Life Mood Disorders

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796816
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199323081 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199796816.003.0024
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches for Treatment and Prevention of Late-Life Mood Disorders

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches for treatment of late-life mood disorders are reviewed and discussed. Widespread use of CAM therapies by the aging population necessitates that clinicians have familiarity in regard to the efficacy and safety of a wide variety of CAM treatments. The major domains of CAM therapies are defined and relevant approaches are discussed, including biologically based therapies (omega-3 fatty acids, -adenosyl-L-methionine, St. John’s wort), mind–body medicine (yoga, tai chi, exercise, mindfulness meditation), alternative medical systems (acupuncture, ayurveda), and other CAM practices (religion and spirituality, expressive therapies).

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Subjects: Old Age Psychiatry ; Neurology ; Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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