Integrative Mental Health Care Experts Launch

Consumers, mental healthcare professionals, researchers and public health advocates can now access comprehensive information on all aspects of integrative mental healthcare.

Continue Reading...

Integral (Integrative) Psychiatry Legal Issues

Integral psychiatry is on the rise for patients desiring a more holistic, mind-body approach to mental health care.

Continue Reading...

Psychiatric journal reviews CAM titles

Psychiatrists review complementary books and other blogs today discuss dietary supplements.

Continue Reading...

Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care

A review of books on complementary and alternative medicine therapies in mental health care appeared in a Swedish journal. Continue Reading...

Integrative mental health care book gets solid review

The Textbook of Integrative Mental Health by colleague James Lake, MD and David Spiegel, MD received a favorable review in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Continue Reading...

Prozac mouse pads and Zoloft coffee mugs

What could be better than pretzels with St. John's Wort and potato chips with Echinacea?

Continue Reading...

Integrative Mental Health Care - Part 1

The Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care by James Lake, MD has just been released by Thieme Press.

Continue Reading...

John E. Mack, MD: A Tribute

This is a tribute to John E. Mack, MD, who has transitioned from his physical body to the next plane of consciousness. He was a colleague and explorer of the human experience who modeled insight, humor, and courage.

Continue Reading...

Integrative Mental Healthcare: Legal and Ethical Issues

Integrative mental healthcare can be defined as integration in mental healthcare of conventional and complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. The legally responsible and ethically defensible practice of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) approaches in mental health care is a fundamental concern.

Continue Reading...

List of Legal and Ethical Issues in Spiritual Care (Such as Energy Healing)

What legal and ethical issues apply to spirituality in medical care generally as well as mental healthcare? Consider, for example, practices such as energy healing (Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Polarity).

The same legal and ethical issues apply as they do to CAM generally, only they loom larger. For example, the following questions may arise concerning potential liability.

Continue Reading...

APA (American Psychiatric Association) Caucus on CAM

This just in from CAM and Psychiatry authority James Lake, M.D., affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine: the APA (American Psychiatric Association) Caucus on CAM and integrative approaches in mental health care is up and running. The new Caucus (established May 2004) gathers together prominent psychiatrists exploring spirituality and mental health. Psychiatrists interested in participating in the Caucus should go to the new website at www.apacam.org . Below is the press release with more information. Thanks to James for a labor of love bringing these issues to the forefront. Together with other colleagues such as David Spiegel, M.D. also of Stanford University School of Medicine, James has been pioneering in helping to develop this area.

Continue Reading...

Mental Healthcare and CAM

Here's a big secret: mental health care professionals already are practicing CAM under the guise of conventional medicine. Relaxation therapies, such as visualization and guided imagery, clinical hypnotherapy, and other modalities sometimes come under the label "mind-body."

Continue Reading...