Activity for Mental Health

Activity for Mental Health

1st Edition - January 9, 2020

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  • Author: Brad Bowins
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128209561
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196250

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Activity For Mental Health explores all activities, including physical, social, natural, cognitive, art/hobby and music as a means to both preventing and treating mental illness. This book not only reviews evidence-based research behind activity, but also explores how these forms of activity can treat mental illnesses. First, the reader is introduced to the concepts of Formal Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) and informal activity as an effective treatment option. Case examples aid in connecting the benefits to real life scenarios. Following the introduction, each activity is introduced in separate chapters, including physical, social, natural, cognitive, art/hobby and music. This book will provide researchers and clinicians the information needed to help customize treatment options for their patients suffering from mental illness.

Key Features

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) as compared to existing psychotherapy treatments
  • Advocates creative activities to improve depression and anxiety
  • Includes multiple case studies detailing experiences with BAT and other therapies
  • Examines the relationship between physical activity and the nervous system, thus reducing sympathetic system stress responses
  • Explores the role of cognitive activity in predicting cognitive health


Mental health researchers and clinicians, students of health disciplines

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introducing Activity (Therapy) for Mental Health
    2. Physical Activity
    3. Social Activity
    4. Nature Activity
    5. Cognitive Activity
    6. Art/Hobby Activity
    7. Music Activity
    8. Behavioral Activation Therapy
    9. Activity Therapy for Mental Health: True Outcome and Rationale

Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: January 9, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128209561
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196250

About the Author

Brad Bowins

Brad Bowins
Dr. Bowins is a psychiatrist, researcher, and founder of The Centre For Theoretical Research In Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology ( His research and writings challenge the status quo, fostering paradigm shifts so crucial to the advancement of science and knowledge. Several theoretical perspectives, presented in peer-reviewed papers and Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, And Defense (Routledge, 2016), have advanced the way that key aspects of mental illness are understood including psychological defense mechanisms, psychosis and schizophrenia, hypomania, continuums, regulation, personality disorders, repetitive maladaptive behavior, and dissociation. In addition, other peer-reviewed papers and books provide unique perspective on topics such as motion sickness, the nature of the conscious and unconscious mind, sexual orientation, and men’s health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Psychiatrist, Researcher, and Founder, The Centre For Theoretical Research in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Toronto, Canada

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