Dr. Shannon describes the natural supplements you can use to help treat your child’s psychological disorder.
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Natural Supplements to Treat Child Psychological Disorders Are There Natural Supplements For Treating Children With Psychological Disorders? Doctor Scott Shannon: I think for children we actually have a lot of very good options but it depends sort of broadly what kind of problem you’re dealing with. For example, for anxiety disorders, I like the natural product inositol which is part of our food actually. We each eat about a gram or a thousand milligrams of inositol everyday. Inositol has been proven to be useful for a variety of anxiety problems and mood problems. So, I would use inositol routinely in children down the age of three because it’s a sweet powder and I would buy it in powder form, bulk form not in capsule form because it’s so much cheaper that way. And you can just mix in two to four grams in a liquid two or three times a day and you’ll find significant benefit from those children with anxiety issues or mood issues. The St. John’s wort is proven to be helpful for adults with depression and we’ve got a couple of smaller studies showing that it’s helpful in children as well. We have a long tradition of safe use with St. John’s wort and actually, the studies now show that it’s not only good for mild to moderate depression but also, major depression as well.