Nutritional and Herbal Therapies for Children and Adolescents

A Handbook for Mental Health Clinicians


  • George Kapalka, Department of Psychological Counseling, Monmouth University, USA

This volume assists practicing mental health professionals in expanding their knowledge about nutritional and herbal interventions that can be attempted as alternatives to prescription medications. Designed to provide guidance for non-medical caregivers treating children and adolescents who present with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties such as such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep difficulties, impulsivity, distractibility, and other psychological and psychiatric disorders, the volume provides a comprehensive discussion of naturopathic solutions based on existing research. In areas where research is not extensive, conclusions are provided about potentially beneficial effects based on the specific pharmacologic action of the compounds. Dosage for specific age groups, schedules of administration, dietary considerations (i.e., whether or not to take the supplement with food), monitoring for response and adverse effects, signs of dangerous reactions, and the need to control interactions with other compounds (i.e., prescription medications) are thoroughly reviewed with regard to each supplement discussed in the book.
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Primary:Mental health clinicians (psychologists, counselors and social workers) treating children and adolescents with various emotional and behavioral disorders.Secondary:Psychiatrists treating children and adolescents with an interest in naturopathic interventions; graduate students studying pediatric psychopharmacology.


Book information

  • Published: October 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374927-7

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to neurobiology and naturopathic psychopharmacologyChapter 1: Why go natural?Chapter 2: Going natural: The pros and consChapter 3: PharmacokineticsChapter 4: Neurobiology and PharmacodynamicsPart II: Treatment of psychological and behavioral disordersChapter 5: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderChapter 6: DepressionChapter 7: Mania and agitationChapter 8: AnxietyChapter 9: Sleep difficultiesChapter 10: Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Intermittent Explosive DisorderChapter 11: Tic behaviorsChapter 12: Psychotic disordersChapter 13: Autism and other disorders of development