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Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care 1st edition Edition

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Very well organized..easy to access. The references are current and the index is excellent...a broad introduction. The author also provides a refreshingly personalized perspective on abundance of useful information.--Doody's Book Reviews

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This text offers an evidence-based approach to incorporating integrative psychiatry into practice that is pragmatic and useful, a great addition to the field of integrative medicine. --Roberta Lee, MD, Medical Director, Continuum Center for Health and HealingDr. Lake must be congratulated for this ground-breaking work on CAM in psychiatry. It not only provides a conceptual framework for a deeper understanding of disease of the mind-body-spirit, but also gives evidence-based blueprints for where we are and where we could go. A must read for mental health professionals interested in the philosophy and practice of integrative psychiatry. --Richard P. Brown, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care is the first book to present a comprehensive framework of conceptual information and clinical guidelines for the integrative assessment and treatment of common mental illnesses.

Complete coverage of the conceptual foundations of integrative mental health care allows the practitioner to gain a firm understanding of the philosophy and clinical methodology of integrative medicine. The textbook also describes evidence-based paradigms that enable the practitioner to develop assessment techniques and individualized treatment plans that address the unique needs of each patient.


  • Extensive evidence tables summarize assessment and treatment approaches
  • Easy-to-follow algorithms guide the practitioner step-by-step from initial assessment to treatment planning
  • Case vignettes describe intake, assessment and initial formulation, treatment plan, and follow-up

This textbook will help psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health care professionals develop safe and effective integrative approaches for the evaluation and treatment of emotional and mental problems.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thieme; 1st edition edition (October 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588902994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588902993
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Cohen on November 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care is, in my opinion, a tour-de-force. The book opens with a forward from Larry Dossey, MD highlighting the importance of considerations of spirituality and mind-body therapies in medicine, and in mental health care.

Part 1 of the book exposes some of the philosophical (epistemological) assumptions governing biomedicine and the way such assumptions inherently deflect biomedicine toward bias against potentially valuable CAM therapies. Relevant chapters canvass not only the "evolution of integrative medicine and implications for mental health care"--a topic not satisfactorily covered anywhere else, to date; and philosophical problems inherent in biomedicine; but also the foundations of paradigms in medicine, psychiatry and integrative medicine.

Some of the stunning propositions that Dr. Lake explores in the Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care include, for example, the notion that biomedicine relies on assumptions of causality that are paradigm-dependent, whereas "many nonconventional systems of medicine involve nondeterministic models, including Jungian synchronicity, quantum field theory, and models of psychic functioninig (psi), in efforts to explain the observed characteristics or 'meanings' of symptoms outside of a limited classical model of linear causality" (p. 41),

The fusion of philosophy, physics, psychiatry, and a wealth of knowledge from other relevant disciplines is staggering. I write this as an admirer of Dr. Lake the psychiatrist-writer as well as from the standpoint of one who knows James Lake, the man.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pamela A. Pappas MD on February 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Most patients seeing psychiatrists want to be treated as whole people, yet conventional Psychiatry often emphasizes their biological aspects above all else. Not only does this disparity lead to misunderstanding between "treaters" and "treated", but it also limits what treatments the treaters consider at all.

With this book Dr. Lake gives words to this huge disparity, effectively describing both the philosophical gulf and ways to address mental health problems more resourcefully. How doctors look at any "disease" greatly impacts the interventions they consider. Dr. Lake makes us aware of these paradigm filters we might not have realized were present, and helps us move beyond them in safe and effective ways.

This text even incorporates ideas about consciousness in mental health, with applications and implications for us all. Unfortunately the book's highly academic publishing style (long paragraphs with little white space) could put off casual or lay readers. But it's a true god-send for physicians, other mental health practitioners, and possibly CAM practitioners seeking understanding beyond their own professional areas. There are some tables and diagrams highlighting the material in different ways for different learning styles.

Dr. Lake not only explores the philosophical and research issues in Integrative Mental Health/Integrative Psychiatry, but he also discusses assessment and treatment methods in Integrative Mental Health care. Safety issues are discussed. He examines most clinical mental health problems that present in office practices, with evidence-based treatment interventions incorporating CAM methods that conventional physicians may not have heard about.
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