7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2010
Integrative Psychiatry is one of the best books I've read in quite some time. Over the past year, I've been exploring the practice of Integrative Medicine as it applies to my own health care. I've experimented with different therapies to help address problems with my weight and sexual function. Most of the Integrative techniques I've explored to date are physical and physiological in nature. I wasn't certain how Integrative Medicine interacted with psychology or psychiatry until I read this book. As part of the Weil series, Dr. Monti helps the reader clearly understand the relationship between Integrative modalities and psychological / psychiatric needs. Even more impressive is the way in which each chapter helps paint part of the whole picture of health, wellness and vitality. Monti organizes the book chapters in a very purposeful and meaningful way. Not only did I learn about the application of Integrative Medicine for specific problems, but I also gained a better understanding of how the entire person - body, mind and spirit - work together to affect individual health outcomes. This is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to truly understand how to be proactive, healthy and an active participant in their journey to living an optimal life.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2009
This is a very informative book for the treatment of disorders if you're looking for information beyond the standard drug approach, especially when these can come with serious side effects. The material gives you a good overview of the different approaches you can use, such as nutrition, to support the brain, which does not, after all, exist in isolation. I would especially like to draw any reader's attention to Chapter 12, "Integrative Approaches to Brain Rehabilitation." Neurofeedback is still little used to treat the brain, but I have seen how this impacts individuals, since I have a son with autism, who has undergone neurofeedback. There's a good description of how it's done and the conditions that it helps, such as epilepsy, autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, and insomnia, among others. When treating any condition, it's important to use everything available, and no doctor is an expert in everything. In the case of neurofeedback, they may know next to nothing. This book can help fill in some of the blanks. It also has good references for those who wish to do further research.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2010
"Integrative Psychiatry" is one of the most recent books in the Weil Integrative Medicine Library Series. Edited by Daniel A. Monti, MD - the Director of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia, and co-author of "The Great Life Makeover: A Couples' Guide to Weight, Mood and Sex" - this book is one of the most comprehensive, yet manageable pieces on the practice of Integrative Medicine I have read to date. I'm not a health care practitioner, but I am very interested in the growth of Integrative Medicine, and I strive to incorporate its principles into my own preventive and acute care regimens. This is book is equally applicable to practitioners and patients, and you don't need to have a medical degree to understand the content and "integrate" proven modalities into your everyday life. Dr. Monti is clearly one of the leaders in the field of Integrative Medicine and his collaboration with the Weil series in a match made in Integrative heaven. For anyone who is interested in in Integrative Medicine, or Psychiatry from a practitioner's or patient's standpoint, "Integrative Psychiatry" is a must have! I give it my highest recommendation!!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2010
A great review on best practice based on the model of Integrative Medicine. Suggested reading for professionals, students and others interested in applying integrative approaches to medicine based on scientific evidence. Armando Ribeiro das Neves Neto. Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.