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Complementary and Integrative Health Treatments

Complementary and integrative health treatments for mental health disorders include a range of therapies that are outside of standard medicine. Consumer demand for these modalities is well documented, and many perceive them to be less invasive with fewer side effects. The key question is whether they work. This entry provides a summary of recent research on several complementary and integrative modalities that have been used to treat mental health disorders, particularly depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids—eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—show promise in treating mood disorders. These occur naturally in fish. One way researchers have studied the impact of omega-3 fatty acids is by examining rates of mental health disorders in countries where ...

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