Today more than ever, everyone must be her or his own healer, and this is especially true in the management of anxiety and depression. In the first major conceptual leap in mental health care in forty years, Mind Easing's Three-Layered Healing Plan harmonizes wellness approaches, therapy, and, when needed, medicine into a safe and effective plan tailored to the needs and wishes of the individual.
Written by noted psychiatrist Bick Wanck, MD, one of the founders of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and an experienced clinician, writer, and educator, Mind Easing shows how to relieve and often resolve anxiety and depression by assisting the mind's natural ability to heal. Along with non-medicinal healing methods, Mind Easing shows how to use psychiatric medicine (if needed) safely and effectively as part of a mindfully constructed healing plan. Because some psychiatric medicines can blunt feelings and dull thinking, they can impede the flow of healing and interfere with the pleasures of living. Mind Easing suggests when and how psychiatric medicines may be stopped when they are counterproductive to healing.
Mind Easing presents a comprehensive Three-Layered Healing Plan for anxiety and depression. Some readers will find all they need in Layer One: Enhancement of Healing without needing the help of a professional. Others will benefit from Layer Two: Guidance which describes how psychotherapy, body and energy work, and spiritual guidance may be used to assist healing. Those readers who experience severe anxiety and depression will find helpful information in Layer Three: Restoration of Healing. where Dr. Wanck explains the concepts of "soft" and "hard" anxiety and depression. Soft anxiety and depression are generally caused by stressful current life events or past adversity where hard anxiety and depres- sion are caused by genetically inherited conditions or by physi- ologic hardening of symptoms resulting from persistent or severe adversity or trauma.
"Dr. Bick Wanck unveils a remarkably safe and effective approach to the relief of both 'soft' and 'hard' versions of anxiety and depression that empowers the natural flow of healing. Mind Easing offers a simple, powerful, and actionable healing plan that will help millions on their road to mental health wellness."
—Mark Hyman, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
"Dr. Bick Wanck has written a clear, thoughtful, and well-reasoned guide to healing the troubled or injured mind. Unlike 'either/or' approaches to emotional distress, Dr. Wanck's book brings together the best medical, psychological, and spiritual approaches in a well-integrated, holistic framework. Dr. Wanck emphasizes the mind's natural healing abilities, and how best to augment them with judicious use of mindfulness, exercise, diet, and stress management—and in some instances, with 'talk therapy' or medication. I recommend this very helpful book to anyone who is searching for a path to emotional and physical wellness."
—Ronald W. Pies, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Lecturer on Bioethics & Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Editor in Chief, Emeritus, Psychiatric Times; author, The Shepherd of Lost Children and Psychiatry on the Edge
About the Author:
Bick Wanck MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and the founder of Bick Wanck MD & Associates, a successful and highly regarded private mental health group practice with twenty-five clinicians in two clinics. As one of the founders of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Dr. Wanck helped develop the nationally certified subspecialty of Addiction Psychiatry. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Albany Medical College and has held that position at both Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has taught hundreds of medical students and residents, has lectured in Academic Grand Rounds seminars in many medical schools, and was featured in a series of educational films showing the art of diagnostic interviewing for medical students, nurses, and psychiatric and medical residents in training. Before starting his clinics, Dr. Wanck directed the addiction treatment programs in a private psychiatric hospital in New Jersey. There he treated movie stars, rock stars, porn stars, and politicians while writing and lecturing throughout the country to professional as well as lay audiences. He continued his speaking engagements while he created his private clinics and devoted himself to helping people heal. Bick is an avid sports adventurer who makes his home with his wife by a lake in Upstate New York.