Oh! I have exciting news for you, readers!

On Friday, November 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. EST (that’s tomorrow!), the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) will host a Twitter chat the safety and efficacy of complementary health approaches for depression.

Two experts will help facilitate the chat, both of whom I expect will bring a lot of valuable information to the table.

First, you’ll meet research psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist Dr. Matthew Rudorfer. Dr. Rudorfer is with NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and can answer any general questions participants have about depression and depression treatments. Want to know more about symptoms, heredity, and ways to treat depression? This is your guy.

Then, you’ll get to know the NCCAM program officer, Dr. Wendy Weber. Dr. Weber’s has a special research interest in this area and is the lady who can step in and provide information about the use and safety of complementary approaches for depression treatments.

So, what constitutes “complementary approaches,” you ask?

Well, pretty much everything we talk about here at Your Body, Your Mind!

Diet (of the “what you put in your body” variety), exercise, meditation, massage, supplements – they’re all ways people approach or complement depression treatments.

To participate in the chat, use the hashtag #nccamchat. This will help you see other tweets in the chat (generally, typing the hashtag in the search box is easiest, I find; the tweets will just pop up) as well as help others see your tweets (i.e., include the hashtag in your tweet).

How else can you get ready?

  • Get your questions and experiences ready now! If you have questions about using yoga for depression or want to share your experiences with trying diet changes and supplements for treating depression, jot them down so you’re ready when the chat starts.
  • Go ahead and follow the NIH NCCAM on Twitter at @NCCAM.
  • Help spread the word by retweeting this post or sharing it on Facebook (links to do both are at the bottom).

I did a quick search of #nccamchat this morning and saw that organizations like the Office on Women’s Health (@womenshealth), the Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov), and the Society for Public Health Education (@SOPHEtweets) are all getting in on the convo.

Hope to see you there, too!

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