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an approach to psychiatry that focuses on the use of megavitamins and nutrition in the treatment of such mental illnesses as the schizophrenic disorders.
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orthomolecular psychiatryA non-mainstream field of healthcare consisting of the application of orthomolecular medicine to mental health. Orthomolecular psychiatry attempts to establish a cause of individual symptoms and administer the exact amount of a substance (e.g., a vitamin or mineral) that will allegedly cure the patient.
In 1973, a task force convened by the American Psychiatric Association concluded that niacin monotherapy in patients with chronic schizophrenia and bipolar disorder was completely ineffective.
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The study of the impact of natural (e.g., mineral or vitamin) or artificial (e.g., neuroleptic agents) on mental health and mental illness.
See also: psychiatry
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