Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

Edited by

  • Scott Shannon, McKee Center for Holistic Medicine, Loveland, Colorado, U.S.A.

Scott Shannon is an MD, president elect of the American Holistic Medical Association, and considered a national expert on holistic psychiatry. In this book he brings together a comprehensive overview of CAM treatments, with information on their effectiveness and safety for specific patient populations and for use in treating specific disorders. Modalities covered include Acupuncture, Nutritional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Meditation, Biofeedback, Aromatherapy and others. Coverage also includes chapters on the best CAM modalities for treatment of Anxiety and PTSD, Depression, ADD, and Addictions.Each chapter will be in a similar template, beginning with a description of the treatment, it's safety, compatibility with conventional treatments and/or contrindications, scientific documentation of it's efficacy, discussion of which disorders it is best used for, and references.
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Psychotherapists in all forms of practice, treating all disorders and all patient populations.


Book information

  • Published: December 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-638281-5


"Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health represents a comprehensive overview of reapidly expanding field that includes chapters by 24 leading psychiatric/psychological experts in these fields... There are few previous books of this nature or scope for professional audience... This is an excellent compendium of integrative and holistic therapies, not just for mental health... This groundbreaking text should become a standard reference for any mental health care professional. It is well written, and a pleasurable read." —WORDTRADE "Shannon imposes a detailed format that includes an in-depth overview of the field, safety considerations, extent of published research on each approach, and validation of effects... Shannon makes a persuasive argument that Eastern and Western medicine can easily complement one another and reinforce each other's strengths in healing many forms of mental illnesses. Highly recommended for graduate students, researchers and clinicians in both mental health and medicine." —CHOICE "Mental health professionals would be well advised to look into the topics covered in this book, both to broadentheir professional horizons, and, to get some idea of what their clients are likely to be up to." —INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY "This is a very useful book, organizing a large amount of information in a relevant, easy-to-use format. It provides a clear, up-to-date description of the interface between current medical practice and the therapies it covers, particularly contraindications and potential interactions. It is an important beginning of the dissemination to mental health professionals of information about alternative therapies many clients are already using." —divine, inc. "This volume is a significant contribution to the emerging field of complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Shannon's survey of the scientific evidence underlying complementary and alternative approaches to mental healthcare is dazzling, and will add to the growing respectability and acceptance of these approaches. Shannon shows compellingly that pharmacological treatments for mental disorders, which currently dominate psychotherapy, are but one possible approach. This book will become a classic in its field." —Larry Dossey, MD Author: Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words "Dr. Scott Shannon has compiled a thorough guide to alternative therapies in the mental health field; one that will be most useful for both patients and health professionals. There is so much more out there than conventional approaches. This book tells you what is available and how to make use of it." —Andrew Weil, M.D., Author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson "Self-care is the the foundation of 21st century medicine, and with this book Scott Shannon has powerfully provided the reader with access to a multitude of options for improving their mental health. While filling a critical void in medical reference texts, this book also allows the public a comprehensive and in-depth look at the mental health therapies of holistic medicine -- America's newest specialty." —ROBERT S. IVKER, D.O., President-elect of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and author of the bestselling SINUS SURVIVAL "Well researched and well written, this compilation enhances our understanding of CAM approaches and enlarges our perspective as mental health professionals." —JAMES S. GORDON, M.D. Author, Manifesto for a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Medicine; Founder and Director, Center for Mind-Body Washington, DC

Table of Contents

Contributors.Preface.Part I: OverviewS. Shannon, Introduction: The Emerging Paradigm.S. Shannon, Integration and Holism.Part II: Physical ModalitiesR.P. Lee, Cranial Osteopathy.R. D'Angelo, Aromatherapy.J. Settle, Diet and Essential Fatty Acids.J. Settle, Nutritional Supplements.Part III: Mind-Body ApproachesD. Moss, Biofeedback.K. Lowenstein, Meditation and Self-Regulatory Techniques.J. Lake, Qigong.B. Sultanoff, Breath Work.Part IV: Spiritual ApproachesJ.R. Bonadonna, Therapeutic Touch.D. Benor, Spiritual Healing.E. Leskowitz, Medical Intuition.J. Wyker,Spiritual Psychotherapy.Part V: Modern InnovationsW.M. Zangwill, J. Pearson, and P. Kosminsky, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).M. Fallon-Cyr and M. Fallon-Cyr, The Hakomi Method and Body-Centered Psychotherapies.M. Schupbach, Process Work.Part VI: Traditional Medical SystemH. Cass and J. Cott, Herbal Medicine.P. Bailey, Homeopathy.J. Motl, Acupuncture.J. Brooks, Ayurveda.Part VII: Other ApproachesJ.R. Graham-Pole, The Creative Arts: What Role Do They Play?B.A. Sultanoff, The Environment.J. Diamond, The Therapeutic Power of Music.Part VIII: SynthesisS. Shannon, Synthesis.Appendix. Index.Synthesis.