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

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches for Treatment and Prevention of Late-Life Mood Disorders
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches for Treatment and Prevention of Late-Life Mood Disorders
Author(s):

David Merrill

, Martha Payne

, and Helen Lavretsky

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199796816.003.0024
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date: 15 December 2019

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 regards 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, S-adenosyl-Lmethionine, 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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