Posts in category Medical Conditions

Mind-Body Interventions for Mood Disorders in Older Adults

By Arline Kaplan © 2014 (All Rights Reserved) Complementary use of mindful exercise, such as Tai Chi and yogic meditation (Kirtan Kriya), can improve clinical outcomes of mood disorders in older adults, as demonstrated in brain scans, biomarkers of cellular aging and mental health rating scales, an expert in geriatric psychiatry and holistic medicine said […]

Inositol for Trichotillomania and Skin Picking

By Arline Kaplan c 2004 (All Rights Reserved)  Inositol, one of the B-vitamins, may help in the treatment of compulsive hair pulling (trichotillomania) and compulsive skin picking, according to recent case reports published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Seedat et al., 2001). Researchers Soraya Seedat, M.B., and Dan J. Stein, M.B., of the University […]

Complementary and Alternative Treatments For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Arline Kaplan © 2013 (All Rights Reserved) More than half of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) give them complementary or alternative treatments (CATs).  Aware that many parents are acting with little or no guidance, experts recently reviewed the scientific evidence for 19 CATs, recommending three and listing several others as worthy of […]

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy: Exploring the Issues

By Arline Kaplan © 2013 (All Rights Reserved) The extent to which antidepressant use during pregnancy is associated with increased risks of postnatal adaptation syndrome (PNAS), persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn (PPHN), first-trimester teratogenicity, stillbirth and infant mortality is explored in two recent journal articles.1, 2 In a recent interview, Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, […]