Nutritional and Herbal Therapies for Children and Adolescents

Nutritional and Herbal Therapies for Children and Adolescents

A Handbook for Mental Health Clinicians

1st Edition - October 12, 2009

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  • Author: George Kapalka
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080958019

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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.

Key Features

Reviews specific psychological disorders (i.e. ADHD, depression, mania, anxiety, sleep difficulties, tic behaviors and autism) and the available data about their treatment with the use of nutritional and herbal supplements.

Provides rationale for the use of every specific compound with detailed recommendations tailored for each age group with regard to the dosage, frequency of administration, possible dangers and monitoring for side effects.

Discusses claims of efficacy used to market various products and ground those claims within fully vetted scientific research.

Discusses neurobiology, pharmacodynamics and pharmokinetics in detailed but accessible language
*Non-medical clinicians with limited knowledge of medicine and pharmacology come away with understanding of key issues involved in

Fully covers assessment, diagnosis & treatment of children and adolescents, focusing on evidence-based practices
*Consolidates broadly distributed literature into single source and specifically relates evidence-based tools to practical treatment, saving clinicians time in obtaining and translating information and improving the level of care they can provide

Detailed how-to explanation of practical evidence-based treatment techniques
*Gives reader firm grasp of how to more effectively treat patients

Material related to diversity (including race, ethnicity, gender and social class) integrated into each chapter
*Prepares readers for treating the wide range of youth they will encounter in practice


Mental health clinicians (psychologists, counselors and social workers) treating children and adolescents with various emotional and behavioral disorders.

Psychiatrists treating children and adolescents with an interest in naturopathic interventions; graduate students studying pediatric psychopharmacology.

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Introduction to neurobiology and naturopathic psychopharmacology

    Chapter 1: Why go natural?
    Chapter 2: Going natural: The pros and cons
    Chapter 3: Pharmacokinetics
    Chapter 4: Neurobiology and Pharmacodynamics

    Part II: Treatment of psychological and behavioral disorders

    Chapter 5: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    Chapter 6: Depression
    Chapter 7: Mania and agitation
    Chapter 8: Anxiety
    Chapter 9: Sleep difficulties
    Chapter 10: Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder
    Chapter 11: Tic behaviors
    Chapter 12: Psychotic disorders
    Chapter 13: Autism and other disorders of development

Product details

  • No. of pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: October 12, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080958019

About the Author

George Kapalka

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychological Counseling, Monmouth University, USA

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