Nutritional and Herbal Therapies for Children and Adolescents

Nutritional and Herbal Therapies for Children and Adolescents, 1st Edition

A Handbook for Mental Health Clinicians

Nutritional and Herbal Therapies for Children and Adolescents, 1st Edition,George Kapalka,ISBN9780123749277


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The only comprehensive reference on the market detailing nutritional and herbal alternatives to prescription medication for mental health clinicians treating children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders.

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Key Features

Reviews specific psychological disorders (i.e. ADHD, depression, mania, anxiety, sleep difficulties, tic behaviors and autism) and the available data about their treatment with the use of nutritional and herbal supplements.

Provides rationale for the use of every specific compound with detailed recommendations tailored for each age group with regard to the dosage, frequency of administration, possible dangers and monitoring for side effects.

Discusses claims of efficacy used to market various products and ground those claims within fully vetted scientific research.

Discusses neurobiology, pharmacodynamics and pharmokinetics in detailed but accessible language
*Non-medical clinicians with limited knowledge of medicine and pharmacology come away with understanding of key issues involved in

Fully covers assessment, diagnosis & treatment of children and adolescents, focusing on evidence-based practices
*Consolidates broadly distributed literature into single source and specifically relates evidence-based tools to practical treatment, saving clinicians time in obtaining and translating information and improving the level of care they can provide

Detailed how-to explanation of practical evidence-based treatment techniques
*Gives reader firm grasp of how to more effectively treat patients

Material related to diversity (including race, ethnicity, gender and social class) integrated into each chapter
*Prepares readers for treating the wide range of youth they will encounter in practice


This volume assists practicing mental health professionals in expanding their knowledge about nutritional and herbal interventions that can be attempted as alternatives to prescription medications. Designed to provide guidance for non-medical caregivers treating children and adolescents who present with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties such as such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep difficulties, impulsivity, distractibility, and other psychological and psychiatric disorders, the volume provides a comprehensive discussion of naturopathic solutions based on existing research. In areas where research is not extensive, conclusions are provided about potentially beneficial effects based on the specific pharmacologic action of the compounds. Dosage for specific age groups, schedules of administration, dietary considerations (i.e., whether or not to take the supplement with food), monitoring for response and adverse effects, signs of dangerous reactions, and the need to control interactions with other compounds (i.e., prescription medications) are thoroughly reviewed with regard to each supplement discussed in the book.


Mental health clinicians (psychologists, counselors and social workers) treating children and adolescents with various emotional and behavioral disorders.

Psychiatrists treating children and adolescents with an interest in naturopathic interventions; graduate students studying pediatric psychopharmacology.

George Kapalka

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychological Counseling, Monmouth University, USA

Nutritional and Herbal Therapies for Children and Adolescents, 1st Edition

Part I: Introduction to neurobiology and naturopathic psychopharmacology

Chapter 1: Why go natural?
Chapter 2: Going natural: The pros and cons
Chapter 3: Pharmacokinetics
Chapter 4: Neurobiology and Pharmacodynamics

Part II: Treatment of psychological and behavioral disorders

Chapter 5: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 6: Depression
Chapter 7: Mania and agitation
Chapter 8: Anxiety
Chapter 9: Sleep difficulties
Chapter 10: Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Chapter 11: Tic behaviors
Chapter 12: Psychotic disorders
Chapter 13: Autism and other disorders of development
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