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Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist's Handbook (2009)
Lake, James H., M.D.
Norton Professional Books / Softcover / 2015-01-01 / 0393710610
Bioenergetics / Bodywork / Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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384 pages
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Making sense of complementary and alternative treatments in mental health care.

In mental health care as in medical care, more and more clinicians are turning to unconventional diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to treat their patients in the most effective way possible. In fact, recent surveys have indicated that outof- pocket costs in the U.S. for nontraditional treatments of psychiatric disorders equal costs of the more standard, covered medical therapies. Integrating traditional methods of therapeutic care (i.e., pharmacologic treatments, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, etc.) with complementary and alternative medical (CAM) approaches—including the use of vitamin and mineral supplements, mindfulness training, yoga, light therapy, music, biofeedback, energy therapies, acupuncture, and other mind-body treatments—has been shown to be more effective than taking the traditional route alone. However, very few resources or guidelines exist for clinicians on how exactly to go about incorporating these nontraditional approaches into treatment. Likewise, very few trustworthy manuals exist for patients on what their options are in terms of CAM methods. This book makes sense of it all by offering practitioners a concise, evidence-based guide to the day-today management of common mental health problems using a CAM approach. The first part of the book lays the foundation, explaining the basics of complementary and integrative methods in mental health care. The second part, organized by core symptom, guides practitioners through the process of creating an effective and sound CAM treatment plan.

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Reviews and Endorsements:

“Integrative Mental Health Care offers a rich synthesis of up-to-date evidence-based information with the wise, extensive experience of a world-renowned integrative psychiatrist. Dr. Lake offers keen clinical insights and clear guidance through tables, charts, and algorithms which simplify the complex and confusing world of diagnoses and multiple treatment options. His expertise in mainstream as well as alternative, complementary, and unconventional therapies provides essential information for therapists helping clients with diverse interests, values, and cultures in the modern world.” — Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, Caryl J. Guth Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

“Dr. James Lake is a pioneer in the emerging field of integrative mental health. In this text he artfully shares his philosophy, assessment strategies, and treatment approaches for a myriad of common conditions. Through detailed patient examples accompanied by his thoughtful analysis he conveys ways to better manage your patients in their healing journey.” — Victoria Maizes, Executive Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

“[A] remarkably thorough, highly informative, and instructive guide for practitioners with varying degrees of familiarity with integrative practice….clearly written, practical, well-referenced….Dr. Lake systematically builds a convincing case for incorporating alternative and complementary assessment and treatment methods into conventional practices in the hope of transforming Western medicine into ‘something more beautiful, meaningful and more effective.’ This excellent, user-friendly resource guide contributes greatly to that transformative vision.” — Psychiatric Services

“[A] valuable handbook for any practitioner, and would serve as a helpful text for students of psychiatry and psychology. But it also provides a worthwhile read for any educated adult wishing to better understand the alternatives available to people with mental health challenges.” — Metapsychology Reviews

“[A]n accessible and credible guide…a much needed bridge between traditional Western biomedicine and the emerging world of non-traditional and complementary approaches.” — Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal


Part I: Foundations

Chapter 1 The Context of Integrative Mental Health Care
Chapter 2 Evaluating a Client from an Integrative Perspective
Part II: Clinical Problem Solving

Chapter 4: Moderate and Severe Depressed Mood
Chapter 5: Cyclic Mood Swings and Mania
Chapter 6: Generalized Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Obsessions and Compulsions
Chapter 7: Hyperactivity and Distractibility
Chapter 8: Psychotic Symptoms and Schizophrenia
Chapter 9: Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
Chapter 10: Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Chapter 11: Insomnia and Daytime Sleepiness
Appendix A: Suggested Reading

Appendix B: Web Resources

About the Author:

James Lake, MD, is on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He practices in Central California.

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