Whether it is 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 available and 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.
In this book, Bongiorno, a naturopath who regularly works with mental health clients, addresses all these common concerns and more when it comes to treating anxiety and depression. He 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. 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.
Readers are taught how to assess lifestyle and physiological factors that can contribute to a client’s anxiety and depression, such as sleep, diet, caffeine intake, media use, thyroid issues, 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.
“Bongiorno brings us a clinically relevant and comprehensive exploration of the drivers of anxiety and depression and their natural evidence-based solutions. . . . This is a tour, not of complementary and alternative medicine, but of good medicine, and the only approach that makes sense for our population, increasingly disabled by mental illness. Learn about the science that supports safe and effective lifestyle interventions to experience the health freedom you never imagined possible.” —Kelly Brogan, MD, ABIHM, Holistic Women’s Health Psychiatrist
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