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. The role of nutrition in ameliorating anxiety 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 viewing too much pornography on depression. Next, the role of nutrition in helping manage bipolar disorder is included. The effect of light on bipolar disorder and the importance of good sleep hygiene is underlined. Then, how nutrition affects depression is discussed. A question relevant to many of us, “What are the effects of being indoors all the time?” is delved into. A long list of things that can be helpful for ameliorating depression is presented including: natural herbal remedies, meditation, religion, yoga, the effect of too much or too little light, the role of exercise in fighting depression, the role of music on the mood, the role of a positive social network in recovery, the role of pets, the harmful effects of the digital lives we lead, and the healing power of scent. Finally, the amazing fact that nutrition can sometimes prevent psychosis in its beginning stages before it becomes fully-blown schizophrenia is looked at. Additional mental health tips added to third edition.
"I wish with all my heart that when I was a young mother, I had the information that is in this book. It would have saved my family and my son many years of suffering." -Marye Jiang, MA
"William Jiang's 'Guide to Natural Mental Health,' is an essential lifestyle supplement for providers and consumers to be current on evidence based interventions to prevent and tackle symptoms. Jiang's book allows readers to be informed and proactive to make their mental health lives better. "- Karina Kim, LCSW, PhD
"In this useful guide, Jiang gives a short practical summary of a wide variety of mental disorders ranging from the classical bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia to the more modern affliction of digital addictions. In each category, he supplies a list of non-pharmacologic treatments, providing for each item a reference with abstract. He also offers resources such as national networks and local support groups." - Marjorie Ordene, MD
"Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organized and presentation, "Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction" is an informed and informative resource that will prove to be particularly useful for non-specialist general readers. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library Mental Health instructional reference collections..." - Midwest Book Review