Complementary therapies for depression: an overview
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Complementary therapies for depression
Abstract: 

Depression is one of the most common reasons for using complementary and alternative therapies. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the evidence available on the treatment of depression with complementary therapies. Systematic literature searches were performed using several databases, reference list searching, and inquiry to colleagues. Data extraction followed a predefined protocol. The amount of rigorous scientific data to support the efficacy of complementary therapies in the treatment of depression is extremely limited. The areas with the most evidence for beneficial effects are exercise, herbal therapy (Hypericum perforatum), and, to a lesser extent, acupuncture and relaxation therapies. There is a need for further research involving randomized controlled trials into the efficacy of complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of depression.

Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
Rand, J. I.
Stevinson, C.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Archives of General Psychiatry
Journal Abbreviation: 
Arch. Gen. Psychiatry
Publication Date: 
1998-11
Publication Year: 
1998
Pages: 
1026-1032
Volume: 
55
Issue: 
11
ISSN: 
0003-990X
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 9819072

Turabian/Chicago Citation

E. Ernst, J. I. Rand and C. Stevinson. 1998-11. "Complementary therapies for depression: an overview." Archives of General Psychiatry 55: 11: 1026-1032.

Wikipedia Citation

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