Integrative Mental Health Care: An Introduction to Foundations and Methods

Integrative Mental Health Care: An Introduction to Foundations and Methods

by James Lake, MD

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Introducing a series of books on alternative and integrative treatments in mental health care

Learn about evidence-based alternative treatments!
Develop a plan for achieving optimal wellness!
Use your energy, time and money more effectively!

Integrative mental healthcare:
•is a person-centered approach that emphasizes maintaining optimal health and wellness
•takes into account the symptoms, preferences and circumstances of each unique person
•focuses on treating symptoms not disorders
•uses conventional mainstream approaches like medications and psychotherapy, and complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies like herbal medicines and acupuncture
•uses the best available research evidence to develop an individualized treatment plan

Integrative Mental Health Care: An Introduction to Foundations and Methods, will teach you about important concepts and methods used in integrative mental healthcare. The other books in the series cover alternative and integrative treatments of the following mental health problems:
•Alcohol and drug abuse
•Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
•Bipolar disorder
•Dementia and mild cognitive impairment
•Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

All books are written in clear, jargon-free language and include extensive hyperlinks within the text, and links to valuable internet resources to ensure that you will get the maximum amount of practical information in the least amount of time.

The books in this series will help you if you are
•struggling with one or more mental health problems after trying different treatments
•taking a medication or supplement that isn’t working
•experiencing side effects to a medication or natural supplement
•taking a medication that is very expensive and looking for more affordable alternatives
•a mental health professional looking for a practical resource for advising patients interested in alternative and integrative approaches

Each book on a particular mental health problem includes concise summaries of key information about a variety of non-medication alternatives you can use to treat your symptoms and achieve optimal wellness. Specifically, the books in this series cover uses of:
•herbals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids and other natural supplements
•whole body approaches such as massage and exercise
•meditation and mind-body practices such as yoga, tai chi and qigong
•scientifically validated energy therapies such as bright light, music and biofeedback
•subtle energy therapies such as healing touch, Reiki and energy psychology

Inside the books on a particular mental health problem you can easily navigate to sections on:
•Understanding your mental health problem
•Taking inventory of your symptoms
•Identifying treatments that make sense for you
•Alternative treatments of common mental health problems
•Developing a customized treatment plan that is right for you
•Evaluating your treatment plan and making changes along the way
•Valuable internet resources on safety and for finding quality natural supplements

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152021851
Publisher: James Lake, MD
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Series: Alternative and Integrative Treatments in Mental Health Care
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 145 KB

About the Author

Dr. Lake is a Board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Monterey, California. He has chaired symposia and workshops at APA meetings and other national and international conferences on non-conventional and integrative mental health care. Dr. Lake has served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Stanford, and is currently a visiting assistant professor of medicine at University of Arizona School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine. He founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Health Care from 2004 through 2010 and was appointed to a special APA Task Force on CAM and integrative medicine. He is currently co-chair of the working group on integrative mental health in the Consortium on Academic Healthcare Centers in Integrative Medicine, and is a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health. Dr. Lake has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry. He contributes a regular column on integrative mental health care to Psychiatric Times, and serves on the editorial review boards of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Journal of the Association for Advances in Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, and Jour of Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Lake is the author or editor of four textbooks on integrative mental health: Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws), Blue Poppy Press, 2000; Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care, Thieme, 2006; and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel), American Psychiatric Press, 2007; Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook, Norton, 2009; and a series of ebooks titled The Integrative Mental Health Solution. Long-standing interests include the role of culture in mental illness, the philosophy and history of medicine, and the role of consciousness and intentionality in healing.

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