Miss the NCCAM Chat? Get Your Depression and Complementary Health Resources Here
If you missed the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Twitter chat last Friday, don’t worry: You don’t have to scroll through all the #nccamchat hashtags on Twitter to catch up!
The NCCAM has archived the chat so you can browse through the tweets at your leisure.
During the chat, the NCCAM provided a/an:
- Outline of the organization’s Third Strategic Plan (2011-2015) for Exploring the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
- List of depression resources, which includes information about everything from practices like yoga to supplements like St. John’s Wort.
- Pretty comprehensive guide on choosing a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner.
- Breakdown of facts about Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which includes past research and ongoing studies about their relationship to depression treatment.
- List of 5 Things to Know About St. John’s Wort and Depression.
- Explanation of what science says about depression and complementary health practices including Omega-3 Fatty Acids, St. John’s Wort, Valerian, relaxation techniques, yoga, and massage.
Those are just a few of the main points, though. I recommend still checking out the archive as Dr. Wendy Weber and Dr. Matthew Rudorfer also talked with chatters about other interesting topics such as using supplements like SAMe and 5HTP for depression treatment (and being careful about combining them with medication) and co-occurring health conditions like depression and heart disease.
Did you participate in the chat (or even just read the resources provided) and learn something new? Find something you’d like to try, or something you disagree with? Share with us in the comments below!
Sparks, A. (2012). Miss the NCCAM Chat? Get Your Depression and Complementary Health Resources Here. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2012/11/miss-the-nccam-chat-get-your-depression-and-complementary-health-resources-here/