Holistic Solutions for Anxiety & Depression in Therapy: Combining Natural Remedies with Conventional Care

Holistic Solutions for Anxiety & Depression in Therapy: Combining Natural Remedies with Conventional Care

by Peter Bongiorno


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Complementary and alternative treatments for two of the most prevalent mental health complaints.

Whether it’s the latest diet craze, acupuncture, fish oil, vitamin D, St. John’s wort, or some new “miracle mood cure,” many therapists don’t feel sufficiently well versed in the various complementary and alternative (CAM) remedies out there to give a sound opinion. Others may fear deleterious side-effects or interactions with psychiatric drugs their clients are already taking. Even more pervasive is the safety concern that their clients may inappropriately experiment with these treatments in lieu of more potent and, sometimes, necessary conventional care.

This book addresses all these common concerns and more when it comes to treating anxiety and depression, providing an essential framework for understanding holistic care and helping to make sense of the alternative solutions available.

Bongiorno, a naturopath who regularly works with mental health clients, walks readers through the fundamentals, laying out the basic principles of holistic care, the most salient CAM research to date as well as its safety concerns, and steps to take to determine if it’s appropriate to introduce a CAM modality to your client’s treatment. He also explains when holistic approaches may not be appropriate.

Readers are then taught how to assess lifestyle and physiological factors that can contribute to a client’s anxiety and depression, such as sleep, diet, caffeine intake, exercise, sunlight exposure, media use, low blood sugar, cholesterol levels, thyroid issues, hormone issues, digestive health, and more.

With an understanding of these underlying factors in place, the book goes on to outline the most effective vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and mind-body therapies for anxiety and depression—from amino acids to zinc, acupuncture to Qi gong, and everything in between—including dosages, best applications, and contraindications. How to work integratively when a client is already on an anxiolytic or antidepressant is also covered. A final chapter explains exactly how to make recommendations and design a successful treatment plan best suited to your client.

With instructive graphics and loads of case vignettes, this resource is your go-to guide for understanding the complementary and alternative options for two of therapy’s most ubiquitous problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393709346
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/16/2015
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Bongiorno, ND, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, is co-director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture in New York City. President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, he is a contributor to numerous blogs and online magazines, including DrOz.com and Sharecare.com, and is regularly interviewed as a natural medicine expert on national television and radio.

Table of Contents

Acknowledments ix

Introductioin: Why Holistic Care for Anxiety and Depression? xi

1 Are Holistic Approaches Right For Your Client? 1

2 Assessing Contributing Lifestyle Factors 12

3 Assessing Contributing Internal Factors 58

4 Effective Supplements For Anxiety And Depression 131

5 Mind-Body Medicine 203

6 Working Integratively With Medications 217

7 Making Recommendations And Designing Treatment Plans 244

Appendix 1 Top Seven CAM Recommendations You Can Offer Your Clients 265

Appendix 2 Blood Test Recommendations 267

Appendix 3 CAM Referrals and Resources 269

Appendix 4 Supplements for Anxiety and Depression 272

Appendix 5 Homepathics Commonly Used for Depression and Anxiety 294

Appendix 6 Example Diet and Lifestyle Diary 302

References 307

Index 367

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