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Overview

Contemporary psychiatry is a field that is especially conducive to the principles of integrative medicine. With the exception of a few disorders, such as schizophrenia, most psychiatric disorders respond to interventions other than drugs. Patients who have not tolerated or not responded optimally to traditional treatments are also good candidates for integrative treatments. Additionally, herbals such as St. John's wort for the treatment of depression and ginkgo for the treatment of memory impairment in dementia have been found effective in traditional clinical trials. Patients' use of alternative and complementary therapies in psychiatry has created a need for physicians to become informed about these treatments, to advise patients on their efficacy, and to be able to make judgments on integrating these therapies into existing regimens, including discussions of such issues as potential drug-herb interactions.

In this volume in the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, the authors describe a rational and evidence-based approach to the integrative therapy of mental disorders integrating the principles of alternative and complementary therapies into the principles and practice of conventional psychiatry and psychology. The authors will examine what works and what doesn't, and offer practical guidelines for physicians to incorporate integrative medicine into their practice and to advise patients on reasonable and effective therapies. The text discusses areas of controversy and identifies areas of uncertainty where future research is needed. Chapters also cite the best available evidence for both the safety and the efficacy of all therapies discussed. The information is presented in accessible and easy-to-read formats, including clinical pearls and key points, with a second text color for highlighting key information.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is part of the Weil Integrative Medicine Library series that makes the basic principles of integrative medicine accessible to clinicians and the lay audience in a variety of specialties, in this case, psychiatry.
Purpose: The intent is to educate clinicians about effective adjuncts and alternative complementary modalities so they can inform patients and make judgments on blending these therapies into existing regimens. The authors describe rationales and evidence-based approaches to the integrative therapy of mental disorders to aid in the effort to combine alternative and complementary therapies with conventional psychiatry and psychology.
Audience: The audience includes any clinicians, students, or lay persons interested in an overview of various complementary treatment modalities being used or studied in the treatment of mental disorders.
Features: The book provides a wide and at times detailed review of a large variety of complementary treatment modalities for mental illness. The first of the four sections starts with dietary guidelines, exercise, nutritional supplements, botanicals, aromatherapy, and art therapy. Section two covers healing systems including Traditional Chinese Medicine, chiropractic, and homeopathy. Section three discusses complementary treatments for specific problems such as sleep disorders, pain, and brain rehabilitation. The final section explores issues such as mindfulness, meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, and spirituality.
Assessment: This book does a fair job of providing an overview of a wide range of complementary or alternative treatments for mental disorders. It attempts to focus on evidence-based interventions or areas that are under study. This is an extremely broad area with extensive information. The book addresses only a portion of them, but it is informative and helpful. It is useful for familiarizing readers with a number of alternative or complementary treatment modalities, but it is not organized to focus on particular treatments for specific disease states or syndromes.
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"The book provides a wide and...detailed review of a large variety of complementary treatment modalities for mental illness."—Doody's
From The Critics
Reviewer: Michael Easton, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is part of the Weil Integrative Medicine Library series that makes the basic principles of integrative medicine accessible to clinicians and the lay audience in a variety of specialties, in this case, psychiatry.
Purpose: The intent is to educate clinicians about effective adjuncts and alternative complementary modalities so they can inform patients and make judgments on blending these therapies into existing regimens. The authors describe rationales and evidence-based approaches to the integrative therapy of mental disorders to aid in the effort to combine alternative and complementary therapies with conventional psychiatry and psychology.
Audience: The audience includes any clinicians, students, or lay persons interested in an overview of various complementary treatment modalities being used or studied in the treatment of mental disorders.
Features: The book provides a wide and at times detailed review of a large variety of complementary treatment modalities for mental illness. The first of the four sections starts with dietary guidelines, exercise, nutritional supplements, botanicals, aromatherapy, and art therapy. Section two covers healing systems including Traditional Chinese Medicine, chiropractic, and homeopathy. Section three discusses complementary treatments for specific problems such as sleep disorders, pain, and brain rehabilitation. The final section explores issues such as mindfulness, meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, and spirituality.
Assessment: This book does a fair job of providing an overview of a wide range of complementary or alternative treatments for mental disorders. It attempts to focus on evidence-based interventions or areas that are under study. This is an extremely broad area with extensive information. The book addresses only a portion of them, but it is informative and helpful. It is useful for familiarizing readers with a number of alternative or complementary treatment modalities, but it is not organized to focus on particular treatments for specific disease states or syndromes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195388374
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Series: Weil Integrative Medicine Library Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 976,781
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors xv

I Harnessing Daily Life

1 Dietary Guidelines for Psychiatric Patients Joel S. Edman 3

2 Exercise in the Treatment of Depressive Disorders Rajnish Mago Rajeev Mahajan 22

3 The Use of Nutritional Supplements in Psychiatric Practice Joel S. Edman Daniel A. Monti 35

4 Botanicals of Interest to Psychiatrists Howard L. Field 60

5 Art Therapy in the Context of Creative Expressive Therapies Susan Kaye-Huntington Caroline C. Peterson 86

6 Aromatherapy in Psychiatry Geraldine F. DePaula Doreen F. Lafferty 111

II Healing Systems

7 Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Jingduan Yang Daniel A. Monti 127

8 The Role of Chiropractic in Mind-Body Health Henry Pollard 159

9 Homeopathy and Psychiatry Bernardo A. Merizalde 178

III Problems

10 Sleep and Sleep Disorders Karl Doghramji George Brainard John M. Balaicuis 195

11 Integrative Approaches to the Management of Chronic Pain Lynette Menefee Pujol Bettina Herbert 240

12 Integrative Approaches to Brain Rehabilitation Denise E. Malkowicz Jolene Ross James Caunt 268

IV Mind

13 Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Donald McCown Diane Reibel 289

14 The Neurobiology of Meditation Andrew B. Newberg 339

15 Hypnosis and Biofeedback as Prototypes of Mind-Body Medicine Marie Stoner Linda Shrier 359

16 Facilitating Emotional Health and Well-Being Patricia A. Coughlin 383

17 The Interaction of Religion and Health Bruce Y. Lee Andrew B. Newberg 408

18 Synchronicity and Healing Bernard D. Beitman Elif Celebi Stephanie L. Coleman 445

Index 485

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