Activity for Mental Health

Activity for Mental Health

by Brad Bowins
Activity for Mental Health

Activity for Mental Health

by Brad Bowins


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Activity For Mental Health explores all activities, including physical, social, natural, cognitive, art/hobby and music as a means to both preventing and treating mental illness. This book not only reviews evidence-based research behind activity, but also explores how these forms of activity can treat mental illnesses. First, the reader is introduced to the concepts of Formal Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) and informal activity as an effective treatment option. Case examples aid in connecting the benefits to real life scenarios. Following the introduction, each activity is introduced in separate chapters, including physical, social, natural, cognitive, art/hobby and music.

This book will provide researchers and clinicians the information needed to help customize treatment options for their patients suffering from mental illness.

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) as compared to existing psychotherapy treatments
  • Advocates creative activities to improve depression and anxiety
  • Includes multiple case studies detailing experiences with BAT and other therapies
  • Examines the relationship between physical activity and the nervous system, thus reducing sympathetic system stress responses
  • Explores the role of cognitive activity in predicting cognitive health

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780128209561
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 01/09/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr. Bowins is a psychiatrist, researcher, and founder of The Centre For Theoretical Research In Psychiatry&Clinical Psychology ( His research and writings challenge the status quo, fostering paradigm shifts so crucial to the advancement of science and knowledge. Several theoretical perspectives, presented in peer-reviewed papers and Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, And Defense (Routledge, 2016), have advanced the way that key aspects of mental illness are understood including psychological defense mechanisms, psychosis and schizophrenia, hypomania, continuums, regulation, personality disorders, repetitive maladaptive behavior, and dissociation. In addition, other peer-reviewed papers and books provide unique perspective on topics such as motion sickness, the nature of the conscious and unconscious mind, sexual orientation, and men’s health.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Activity (Therapy) for Mental Health2. Physical Activity3. Social Activity4. Nature Activity5. Cognitive Activity6. Art/Hobby Activity7. Music Activity8. Behavioral Activation Therapy9. Activity Therapy for Mental Health: True Outcome and Rationale

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