There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
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Are you looking for information about herbals and other natural supplements for reducing drinking or drug use? Research findings point to promising non-pharmacologic approaches.
Have you heard about cranioelectrotherapy stimulation for managing alcohol and drug detoxification and withdrawal? Many studies show efficacy.
Are you curious about non-medication approaches for managing opioid withdrawal? There is evidence that weak electrical currents may be effective but more studies are needed.
Some natural supplements may help reduce drinking and drug use, reduce craving and lessen the severity of withdrawal.
Tired of taking antidepressants with little benefit? Looking for safe alternative treatment that can boost your response to an antidepressant? Consider exercise, SAMe and DHEA.
Wondering about the benefits of acupuncture for depressed mood? Acupuncture alone has mood enhancing effects, improves antidepressant response, and may reduce adverse effects.
Many studies show that regular workouts may be as effective as antidepressants and cognitive therapy.
Are you curious about DHEA for depressed mood? Research findings suggest that DHEA enhances mood when taken alone and improves the effectiveness of antidepressants.
Are you curious about the antidepressant benefits of omega-3 fatty acids? Research findings support improved response when taken with an antidepressant.
Are you looking for information about the antidepressant effects of bright light exposure? Research finding report benefits but meta-analysis findings are equivocal.
Are you curious about the benefits of folate? Research findings report adjunctive benefits when this B vitamin is taken with an antidepressant.
Research findings suggest that this natural supplement can help treat depressed mood.
Some non-pharmacologic treatments for depressed mood have established antidepressant benefits.
Curious about essential oils and aromatherapy for anxiety? Research findings support the use of Lavender, Rosemary and Passion flower for general calming. More studies are needed.
Are you curious about the benefits of healing touch and therapeutic touch for stress and anxiety? Despite inconclusive research findings, many people report improvements.
Are you curious about the benefits of acupuncture and acupressure for anxiety? Studies suggest that both techniques are effective.
Emerging findings on biofeedback training based on heart-rate variability for anxiety show beneficial effects for generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and PTSD.
Are you curious about the benefits of massage on stress and anxiety? Regular massage can significantly reduce anxiety related to test-taking and chronic stress.
Studies show that regular aerobic exercise and strength training can significantly reduce the severity of anxiety.
Are you curious about Inositol for the treatment of panic attacks or other anxiety disorders? Research findings show consistent beneficial effects.
Are you curious about 5-HTP for anxiety? Research findings show that this amino acid is a safe and effective treatment of generalized anxiety.
Do you have an anxiety problem and want to find out how diet affects your symptoms? A few simple changes in eating habits can go a long way.
Have you heard about the use of weak electrical current to treat anxiety and other mental health problems? This technique is FDA-approved and supported by research findings.
Are you curious about Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy? Many studies report positive findings for anxiety disorders including phobias and PTSD.
Are you curious about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness training for anxiety? Research findings show significant benefits for lowering stress and generalized anxiety.
Are you thinking about starting a yoga practice to help manage your anxiety? Studies show that regular yoga practice can reduce symptoms.
Curious about the benefits of relaxation and guided imagery? Research finds beneficial effects on generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and traumatic memories.
Are you looking for information about conventional treatments of anxiety disorders? Medications and therapy are often helpful but have limitations.
Preliminary findings suggest possible efficacy but large placebo-controlled studies are needed.
Are you curious about choline for bipolar disorder? Preliminary research findings suggest that supplementation with choline may have beneficial effects on mania but not depression.
James Lake, M.D., visiting assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, works to transform mental health care through the evidence-based uses of alternative therapies.