Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care

Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care

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The widespread use of nonconventional treatments, or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and the increasing evidence supporting their therapeutic benefits call for a concerted scientific effort to integrate treatments that work into mainstream medicines.Answering that call is the groundbreaking Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care, a concise, practical reference that reviews the many CAM approaches used in North America and Europe to treat -- or self-treat -- mental health problems, and the history and rationale for a variety of CAM treatments, including the risks and benefits of their integration into mainstream mental health care. Two dozen contributors with both conventional and nonconventional expertise present current information about safe, effective mental health treatments -- including herbals and other natural products, stress management, homeopathy, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine -- that have not yet been fully examined or endorsed by the institutions of conventional biomedicine. This book:  Covers background issues, including conceptual and historical foundations, emerging ideas and trends, safety issues, potential drug interactions and adverse effects, and medical-legal issues pertaining to use of nonconventional treatments in mental health care. Reviews the evidence and offers practical clinical guidelines for the most widely used nonconventional treatments. Twelve chapters cover specific nonconventional modalities or alternative professional systems of medicine currently used to treat mental illness, addressing historical uses of the specified modality, significant recent research findings, unresolved safety issues, and evidence supporting use of the specified approach in common psychiatric disorders, from major depressive and bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and generalized anxiety disorder to obsessive-compulsive disorder, dementia, and sleep and substance abuse disorders. Practical clinical applications of complementary and alternative approaches are discussed throughout the book. Closes with three appendixes and a subject and author index. Appendix A ranks evidence for the various treatment modalities by major psychiatric disorder and is cross-referenced with the material in Part II. Appendix B lists important Web sites, textbooks, professional associations, and other resources. Appendix C contains a glossary of key terms used in complementary and alternative medicine. Written for both conventionally and nonconventionally trained mental health care professionals, Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care provides both an ideal reference for clinicians whose patients inquire about the uses of many CAM therapies and a critical, balanced review of the nonconventional modalities most widely used in Western countries to treat mental or emotional problems.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 24mm | 680.4g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 29 Tables, unspecified; 5 Line drawings, unspecified; 1 Halftones, black and white
  • 1585622028
  • 9781585622023
  • 1,866,284

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This book gives an expertly written and concise introduction to a rang of complementary and alternative treatments in mental health and may sever as a truly inspirational guide to anybody wishing to expand the boundaries of conventional psychiatric practice. * The British journal of psychiatry * At least, a book about many of the newest ideas in psychiatric treatment focused on detailed aspects with clinical guidelines on particular treatments in complementary and alternative medicine! Lake and Spiegel have found astute chapter authors committed to the understanding of treatments previously considered strange, exotic, or quackery. * The journal of nervous and mental disease *show more

About James H. Lake

James H. Lake, M.D., has a private practice in Monterey, California, where he combines psychotherapy and evidence-based Western and complementary treatments for the spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Lake chairs the American Psychiatric Association's Caucus on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Approaches in Mental Health Care.David Spiegel, M.D., is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California.show more

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The widespread use of nonconventional treatments, or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and the increasing evidence supporting their therapeutic benefits call for a concerted scientific effort to integrate modalities with demonstrated efficacy into mainstream medicine. Answering that call is the groundbreaking Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care, a concise, practical reference that reviews the history of and rationale for the many CAM approaches used in North America and Europe to treat -- and self-treat -- mental health problems, including the risks and benefits of their integration into mainstream mental health care. Two dozen experts present current information on safe, effective mental health treatments -- including herbals, stress management, homeopathy, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine -- that have not yet been fully examined or endorsed by the institutions of conventional biomedicine. Chapters on specific CAM treatments conclude with brief case vignettes illustrating their appropriate uses. Written for both conventionally and nonconventionally trained mental health care professionals, Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care provides both an ideal reference for clinicians whose patients inquire about CAM therapies and a critical, balanced review of the nonconventional modalities most widely used in Western countries to treat mental or emotional problems.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsPrefaceIntroductionPart I: Background IssuesChapter 1. Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care: Overview and Significant TrendsChapter 2. Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical IssuesChapter 3. Patient SafetyChapter 4. Integrative ApproachesPart II: Review of the Evidence and Clinical GuidelinesChapter 5. Western Herbal MedicinesChapter 6. Nutritional SupplementsChapter 7. Omega-3 Essential Fatty AcidsChapter 8. Chinese Medical TreatmentsChapter 9. HomeopathyChapter 10. Ayurvedic TreatmentsChapter 11. NutritionChapter 12. Physical Activity, Exercise, and Mental HealthChapter 13. Integrative Medicine Treatments for Depression in WomenChapter 14. Mindfulness Training and MeditationChapter 15. Religious Beliefs, Spirituality, and IntentionChapter 16. YogaChapter 17. QigongAppendix A: Supporting Evidence for Use of Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health CareAppendix B: Glossary of Key Terms in Complementary and Alternative MedicineAppendix C: Useful Resources for Complementary and Alternative MedicineIndexshow more

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