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Published on Nov 16, 2011
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and psychotherapy together may be helpful for children ages 8 to 14 with symptoms of depression and a variation of bipolar disorder.
"These are two of the most promising treatments for children with mood disorders other than medication," said Dr. Mary Fristad, a clinical child psychologist and researcher at the Ohio State University Medical Center who is enrolling participants in the first studies to examine the effects of combined psychotherapy and omega-3 in children. "The modern diet does not provide children much of the essential nutrient omega-3 fatty acids. This adversely affects nerve cell membranes and cell communication, which are needed for an optimally functioning brain."