Integrative Therapies for Depression

I’m excited to have co-edited and contributed to an important new book in the integrative mental health movement. Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment and Prevention summarizes emerging theories and research findings on various nonpharmaceutical therapies to treat mood disorders.

Supported by the review of nearly 3000 scientific studies, the book describes the concepts of inflammation, genetics, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal conditions, environmental stress, and nutritional deficiencies and their possible link to the pathogenesis of mood disorders.

It also examines findings on various nonpharmaceutical therapies used to treat mood disorders including vitamins, botanicals, and other natural products as well as exercise, stress reduction, bright light, mind-body practices, and spiritual approaches.

Also covered are evidence-based approaches to integrative management of mood disorders in pregnant women, adolescents, and the elderly. Separating facts from fiction, the book provides practical information that clinicians can implement and share with their patients.

The book fills a significant gap in the conventional model of therapeutics for mood disorders. It is a valuable resource for psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, and all other clinicians who devote their days to caring for those afflicted with depression.

This book:

  • Explores integrative therapies for the treatment of depression
  • Describes the concepts of inflammation, hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal problems, and nutritional deficiencies and their possible link to the pathogenesis of mood disorder
  • Discusses nutritional interventions and scientific-based lifestyle medicine including the role of sleep, exercise, and stress reduction
  • Covers evidence-based approaches to integrative management of mood disorders in pregnant women, adolescents, and the elderly

Now available through CRC Press and Amazon.

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  1. Kathleen Silver
    Kathleen Silver says:

    Well, it’s about time! To see all these areas combined in a book is heartening. Have a look on the web forum Phoenix Rising, where people who struggle with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue use their own bodies for scientific inquiry to explore methylation, gut issues, allergies–and on and on. We are a group of people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired, not to mention quite weary from often having been told that our physical symptoms are ‘all in our head.’ For me, clarity came after having my genome deciphered by 23andme and looking it over. So many homozygous snps in the Folate and Methionine Cycles–it made my head spin. And me on an acid-reducing pill for nearly 8 years. Unravelling this ball of twine has been challenging and continues. The field of Nutrigenomics, well established by Dr. Steven Zeisel* at the University of North Carolina, has been one source of education for me. I’m happy to discover others…

    *Dr. Steven Zeisel, distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, PhD, Nutrition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980, MD, Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1975.

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