Complementary and alternative medicine therapies for perinatal depression
Department of Psychiatry, Center for Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment
Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Mental and Social Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Women's Health
Complementary and alternative medicine therapies are increasingly sought out by people with psychiatric disorders. In this chapter, we review the evidence for several commonly used CAM therapies (i.e. omega-3 fatty acids, folate, S-adenosyl-methionine, St John's Wort, bright light therapy, exercise, massage, and acupuncture) in the treatment of perinatal depression. A number of these treatments may be reasonable to consider for women during pregnancy or postpartum, but the safety and efficacy of these relative to standard treatments must still be systematically determined. Evidence-based use of complementary and alternative medicine therapies treatments for perinatal depression is discussed. Adequately powered systematic studies are necessary to determine the role of complementary and alternative medicine therapies in the treatment of perinatal depression.
DOI of Published Version
Deligiannidis KM, Freeman MP. Complementary and alternative medicine therapies for perinatal depression. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2014 Jan;28(1):85-95. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2013.08.007. Link to article on publisher's site
Best practice and research. Clinical obstetrics and gynaecology
Deligiannidis KM, Freeman MP. (2014). Complementary and alternative medicine therapies for perinatal depression. Psychiatry Publications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2013.08.007. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/psych_pp/651