The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies, 4th Edition

by William Jiang

Publisher: William Jiang

Publication Date: May 19, 2018

ISBN: 9780463624371

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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Author William Jiang, MLS is a former Columbia Psychiatry library chief, the author of more than 60 books in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and has been featured in the New York Times and CBS News, as well as other major mental health news outlets.

From the book jacket: “In sum, 1,000 years ago, if somebody had a mental health issue, they told the patient to pray about it, take this or that herb, rest, and take care of themselves- their body being their temple. That all changed when the first of the anti-psychotics, the major class of drug used to treat psychosis, was discovered in France in 1952, named chlorpromazine, more commonly known as Thorazine. Thorazine secured FDA approval on March 26, 1954 as the first psychiatric medication. Since then for pretty much all mental illnesses, the advice has been. Don’t pray, don’t take that supplement, don’t worry about anything, just take this drug. Now, with the nutritional psychiatry movement, medicine is incorporating the wisdom of the ages with the science of modern psychiatric treatments to reduce human suffering and increase mental wellness as never before, and it is about time.” -William Jiang, MLS

The thrust of this book is nutrition and complementary therapies for digital addiction, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia. Truisms that have been passed down through the ages about mental health that have stood the rigors of scientific inquiry are presented. How does belief make one's brain stronger? The role of nutrition in ameliorating anxiety, bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia is discussed. Light is thrown on the benefits of meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, exercise, the healing power of music, and the detrimental effects of playing too many video games or too much electronic stimulation. The effect of light on bipolar disorder and the importance of good sleep hygiene is underlined. A question relevant to many of us, “What are the effects of being indoors all the ...