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Lifestyle Psychiatry
Noordsy, Douglas L., M.D. (Edt)
American Psychiatric Association Publishing / Softcover / 2019-04-01 / 1615371664
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416 pages
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Exercise, a healthy diet, stress management, sound sleep: Most practitioners would agree that living well can mitigate the impact of mental disorders. Yet many are unprepared to address lifestyle factors in their care of patients.

Lifestyle Psychiatry seeks to instill confidence by collating and analyzing the impressive emerging body of evidence that supports the efficacy of healthy lifestyle practices—both as the primary intervention and in conjunction with traditional treatments such as psychopharmacology or psychotherapy—in preventing and managing psychiatric disorders.

This volume examines the impact of lifestyle interventions—from exercise, yoga, and tai chi to mindfulness and meditation, diet and nutrition, and sleep management—on psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction. Readers can readily find data to support the use of specific lifestyle interventions for a patient presenting with a specific disorder.

Detailed descriptions of the mechanisms of each lifestyle intervention also prepare practitioners to educate their patients on the specific neurobiological and psychological effects of these interventions to support their recovery. With chapters that focus on developing a robust therapeutic alliance and inspiring patients to assume responsibility for their own well-being, this guide provides a framework for lasting, sustainable lifestyle changes.

Additionally, the book discusses the impact of the provider’s lifestyle on clinical behavior and the implications of lifestyle medicine and psychiatry for health care systems and population health, offering a broader examination of the important role this new field can play in leading a sophisticated, holistic approach to optimizing wellness.


Lifestyle Psychiatry provides an opportunity to step into often overlooked strategies to adopt healthy living habits. The importance of physical activity, movement, mind-body connections, sleep, and nutrition are described in great detail to help providers incorporate these interventions into treatment of psychiatric disorders. Too often, these elements are overlooked and result in further suffering. This superb book describes lifestyle practices to implement and advances the field of psychiatry and well-being.—Todd Stull, M.D., Senior Associate Athletic Director – Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Department, President of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry


Part I. The Basis of Lifestyle Psychiatry
Chapter 1. Introduction to Lifestyle Psychiatry
Chapter 2. Physical Exercise and the Brain
Part II. Exercise in the Prevention and Management of Psychiatric Disorders
Chapter 3. Exercise and the Management of Major Depressive Disorders
Chapter 4. Physical Exercise in the Management of Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Chapter 5. Exercise as a Potentially Useful Component of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment
Chapter 6. Physical Exercise in the Management of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
Chapter 7. Physical Exercise in Cognitive Protection and Management of Neurocognitive Disorders
Chapter 8. Exercise and Addiction
Chapter 9. Physical Activity in the Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 10. Physical Exercise in the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Part III. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Chapter 11. Yoga and Tai Chi for People with Psychiatric Disorders
Chapter 12. Mindfulness and Meditation in the Management of Psychiatric Disorders
Chapter 13. Diet and Nutrition in the Prevention and Adjuvant Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
Chapter 14. The Gut-Brain Axis and Microbiome in Psychiatric Disorders
Chapter 15. Managing Sleep for Optimal Performance, Brain Function, and Mental Health
Chapter 16. Lifestyle Interventions for Cardiometabolic Health in People With Psychiatric Disorders
Part IV. Inspiring Healthy Living
Chapter 17. Assessment and Behavioral Change Strategies in Clinical Practice
Chapter 18. Physician Lifestyle and Health-Promoting Behavior
Chapter 19. Helping People Find Synergy: The Transformative Potential of Lifestyle Psychiatry
Chapter 20. Implications of Lifestyle Medicine and Psychiatry for Health Care Systems and Population Health
Chapter 21. Conclusion
Appendix: Questionnaires and Measures

About the Edtior:

Douglas L. Noordsy, M.D., is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Chair, Clinical Integration and Coordination, and Director of Sports Psychiatry at Stanford University, Stanford, California.

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