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Current Evidence Regarding the Management of Mood and Anxiety Disorders Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Article: "Current Evidence Regarding the Management of Mood and Anxiety Disorders Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine", Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics 03/2014

Anthony J Bazzan • George Zabrecky • Daniel A Monti • Andrew B Newberg

ABSTRACT: This article is an updated review on the potential uses of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches for the management of patients with mood and anxiety disorders. We have focused this current paper on the different types of disorders and the CAM intervention which might be useful. This is in distinction to the prior paper which focused on the CAM interventions. In addition, we have provided a discussion of more recent studies that help to further inform practitioners about CAM interventions in these disorders. Mood and anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent mental health issues affecting people today and there are many approaches towards their management. CAM interventions can include supplements, botanical remedies, meditation and spiritual practices, acupuncture, and dietary practices. There are a growing number of research studies on the effectiveness of CAM interventions in mood and anxiety disorders, and this review evaluates and critiques such data.