Natural Medications


Placebo: It’s Good for What Ails You

The most studied psychiatric medication for children, and arguably the most broad-spectrum medication available, is placebo. It has proven itself repeatedly to be as good or better than a number of FDA-approved medications that are effective in adults.

Nutritional Supplements in the Treatment of Childhood ADHD

Diet and Nutrition, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report (CCPR)

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as nutritional supplements, is common in children with ADHD, despite limited evidence for its effectiveness. Many consumers use these treatments, often without telling their physicians.

OTC Agents for Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia

Natural and Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry, The Carlat Psychiatry Report

More than 38% of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) yearly, with 12.7% using so-called “natural products." More than a third of people over age 50 report use of supplements, yet only about half have discussed this with their doctors.

Research Update

Fish Oil Doesn’t Curb Aggressive Behavior

Aggressive behavior is a huge problem in child psychiatry. In fact, some estimates say as many as 80% of children and adolescents referred for psychiatric care have some type of aggression, including oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder (Connor D, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report 2010;1(1):4–5). 

Are Omega-3s Effective for ADHD?

Omega-3 fatty acids have been extolled as a treatment for everything from depression to high blood pressure. But how do they stack up for ADHD?