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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2013 Jul;22(3):375-80, v. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2013.05.002.

Overview of integrative medicine in child and adolescent psychiatry.

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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Attention, Memory and Cognition Center, LLC, 4641 Gulfstarr Drive, Suite 106, Destin, FL 32541, USA.


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) defies simple definition, because the distinction between CAM and conventional medicine is largely arbitrary and fluid. Despite inconclusive data on the efficacy and safety of many CAM treatments in child and adolescent psychiatry, there are enough data on certain treatments to provide guidance to clinicians and researchers. CAM treatments, as adjunctive therapy or monotherapy, can be clinically beneficial and sensible. The low stigma and cost-competitiveness of many CAM psychiatric treatments are highly attractive to children and parents. Physicians need to be knowledgeable about CAM treatments to provide clinically valid informed consent for some conventional treatments.

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