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Jun 24, 2022

Dr Laura Roberts is joined by Professor Douglas Noordsy, M.D., from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, to discuss his book Lifestyle Psychiatry (2019) which 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, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction. With chapters that focus on developing a robust therapeutic alliance and inspiring patients to assume responsibility for their own well-being, Dr. Noordsy’s book provides a framework for lasting, sustainable lifestyle changes.

In this episode:

Introduction (0:15)
Genesis of the book (1:30)
Evidence for lifestyle as a valid area for treatment (3:00)
Structure of the book (4:00)
Defining and defending the lay-term “lifestyle” (9:15)
Treating psychosis with exercise (11:35)
Intervening Early in Psychosis (book) (17:35)
Call to action for lifestyle psychiatry as a vital discipline (21:00)
Consciously avoiding judgmental stances (24:25)


Lifestyle Psychiatry (2019) - American Psychiatric Association Publishing

Intervening Early in Psychosis (2019) - American Psychiatric Association Publishing

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