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Lifestyle Psychiatry

Edited by Douglas L. Noordsy, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-166-2
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Exercise, a healthy diet, stress management, sound sleep: Most practitioners would agree that living well can mitigate the impact of mental disorders. Yet many are unprepared to address lifestyle factors in their care of patients.

Lifestyle Psychiatry seeks to instill confidence by collating and analyzing the impressive emerging body of evidence that supports the efficacy of healthy lifestyle practices—both as the primary intervention and in conjunction with traditional treatments such as psychopharmacology or psychotherapy—in preventing and managing psychiatric disorders.

This volume examines the impact of lifestyle interventions—from exercise, yoga, and tai chi to mindfulness and meditation, diet and nutrition, and sleep management—on psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction. Readers can readily find data to support the use of specific lifestyle interventions for a patient presenting with a specific disorder.

Detailed descriptions of the mechanisms of each lifestyle intervention also prepare practitioners to educate their patients on the specific neurobiological and psychological effects of these interventions to support their recovery. With chapters that focus on developing a robust therapeutic alliance and inspiring patients to assume responsibility for their own well-being, this guide provides a framework for lasting, sustainable lifestyle changes.

Additionally, the book discusses the impact of the provider's lifestyle on clinical behavior and the implications of lifestyle medicine and psychiatry for health care systems and population health, offering a broader examination of the important role this new field can play in leading a sophisticated, holistic approach to optimizing wellness.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Part I. The Basis of Lifestyle Psychiatry
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Lifestyle Psychiatry
  • Chapter 2. Physical Exercise and the Brain
  • Part II. Exercise in the Prevention and Management of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chapter 3. Exercise and the Management of Major Depressive Disorders
  • Chapter 4. Physical Exercise in the Management of Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Chapter 5. Exercise as a Potentially Useful Component of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment
  • Chapter 6. Physical Exercise in the Management of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Physical Exercise in Cognitive Protection and Management of Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Chapter 8. Exercise and Addiction
  • Chapter 9. Physical Activity in the Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Chapter 10. Physical Exercise in the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Part III. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
  • Chapter 11. Yoga and Tai Chi for People with Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chapter 12. Mindfulness and Meditation in the Management of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chapter 13. Diet and Nutrition in the Prevention and Adjuvant Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chapter 14. The Gut-Brain Axis and Microbiome in Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chapter 15. Managing Sleep for Optimal Performance, Brain Function, and Mental Health
  • Chapter 16. Lifestyle Interventions for Cardiometabolic Health in People With Psychiatric Disorders
  • Part IV. Inspiring Healthy Living
  • Chapter 17. Assessment and Behavioral Change Strategies in Clinical Practice
  • Chapter 18. Physician Lifestyle and Health-Promoting Behavior
  • Chapter 19. Helping People Find Synergy: The Transformative Potential of Lifestyle Psychiatry
  • Chapter 20. Implications of Lifestyle Medicine and Psychiatry for Health Care Systems and Population Health
  • Chapter 21. Conclusion
  • Appendix: Questionnaires and Measures
  • Index


    Donna Ames, M.D.
    Fiona Barwick, Ph.D.
    Jonathan Burgess, M.D.
    Rebekah Carney, Ph.D.
    Robert O. Cotes, M.D.
    Laura B. Dunn, M.D.
    Kayla Fair
    Kaci Fairchild, Ph.D.
    Joseph Firth, Ph.D.
    Beth Frates, M.D.
    Matthew J. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.
    Michelle Guo
    Antonio Hardan, M.D.
    Masha Krasnoff
    Scott Kutscher, M.D.
    Anna Lembke, M.D.
    Bethany Lerman
    Emeran A. Mayer M.D.
    Christie Mead
    Amer Raheemullah, M.D.
    Neil A. Rector, Ph.D.
    Margaret A. Richter, M.D.
    Hyo Jin Ryu
    Tyler Sasser, Ph.D.
    Erin Schoenfelder, Ph.D.
    Anup Sharma, M.D., Ph.D.
    Alexander Sones, M.D.
    David Spiegel, M.D.
    Mark A. Stein, Ph.D.
    Shuichi Suetani
    Michael E. Thase, M.D.
    Madhukar H. Trivedi, M.D.
    Davy Vancampfort, Ph.D.
    Janani Venugopalakrishnan, M.D.
    Marcus Vicari
    Martha C. Ward, M.D.
    Lynn Yudofsky, M.D.

About the Authors

Douglas L. Noordsy, M.D., is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Associate Chair, Clinical Integration and Coordination; and Director of Sports Psychiatry at Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Lifestyle Psychiatry provides an opportunity to step into often overlooked strategies to adopt healthy living habits. The importance of physical activity, movement, mind-body connections, sleep, and nutrition are described in great detail to help providers incorporate these interventions into treatment of psychiatric disorders. Too often, these elements are overlooked and result in further suffering. This superb book describes lifestyle practices to implement and advances the field of psychiatry and well-being.—Todd Stull, M.D., Senior Associate Athletic Director – Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Department, President of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry

This comprehensive text provides an evidence-based approach to the burgeoning field of lifestyle psychiatry. The core principles highlighted in this book empower physicians to guide patients toward a holistic approach to cure both their mind and their body ailments and ultimately to live a life free of disease. This book is a must-read for psychiatrists and all physicians invested in the practice of lifestyle medicine.—Michael Fredericson, M.D., FACSM, Professor and Director, PM&R Sports Medicine; founder, Stanford Lifestyle Medicine Course, Stanford University School of Medicine

Lifestyle Psychiatry is essential reading for anyone seeking to provide comprehensive care for people experiencing mental illness. Emphasizing the whole person, both physically and spiritually, this book provides numerous evidence-based suggestions for reaching people through exercise, meditation, diet, and other nonpharmacological treatments. Harnessing these underutilized and cost-effective treatments can provide patients with improved outcomes and a greater sense of inclusion in the management of their illness.—Jacob S. Ballon, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Associate Professor and Director, INSPIRE Clinic; Medical Director, H2 Inpatient Unit; Section Chief, Specialty Psychiatry Clinics, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

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