Date of Paper/Work

12-2012

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Sue Bikkie

Abstract

Twenty to twenty-five percent of adults may suffer an episode of major depression at some point during their lifetime. Antidepressant and/or psychotherapy are the current recommended treatments for depression. The supplement S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a naturally occurring compound that is found in the human body, as a possible method of treatment for depression for those who are resistant to traditional antidepressants or for those who cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressants. Databases that were utilized for this paper were CINAHL and MEDLINE with the search parameters including SAMe , depression and adults.

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