Herbs for the Mind
More and more Americans are taking herbs to soothe their psychological aches and pains from depression, stress, and anxiety, to insomnia and memory loss. Yet much of what consumers learn about herbal remedies comes from commercial sources, and may be unsubstantiated, confusing, or at worst, intentionally misleading. From leading researchers and Duke University psychiatrists Jonathan R.T. Davidson and Kathryn M. Connor, this book provides an authoritative guide to the safe and effective use of the most popular "herbs for the mind": St. John's wort, kava, valerian, and ginkgo. Offering step-by-step guidelines for optimal self-care, the book helps readers to:
*Assess the severity of their psychological symptoms
*Determine when herbs may be the right choice
*Select wisely from available brands
*Anticipate possible side effects
*Know when to seek the advice of a health care professional
Written in clear, nontechnical language, the book features a wealth of case examples and answers to frequently asked questions, as well as helpful checklists, tables, and charts. Also included are a handy glossary of terms and resource listings on psychological and herb-related topics.
1. St. John's Wort: The Herb of Light
2. Kava: Tranquility from Paradise
3. Ginkgo: Fountain of Youth and Vitality
4. Valerian: Nature's Sand Man
Jonathan R. T. Davidson, MD, is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, where he is also Director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program. He earned his medical degree at University College and University College Hospital Medical School in London, UK. A board-certified psychiatrist in the U.S., he is also a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). He has participated in numerous studies of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in social phobia, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder. Currently he is involved in several National Institutes of Health-sponsored trials, including investigations of family risk factors in PTSD, and treatment of PTSD and depressive disorder. He has been actively involved in research of complementary and alternative treatments, and received professional training in homeopathic medicine.
Kathryn M. Connor, MD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, where she works in the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she completed her psychiatry residency training at Duke and was the recipient of a Glaxo Wellcome/Duke Clinical Psychopharmacology Research Fellowship. Her clinical research on anxiety and mood disorders includes trials of medications, herbs, and other therapies; epidemiologic studies; and the development of diagnostic screening and assessment instruments.