Course Description

Our culture fosters and nourishes many mental health issues and neither the cultural causes, nor the effects are new. As much as I’d like to spend a few hours talking about how dysfunctional our society is, this class will focus on the clinical aspects of common mental health issues.

We will discuss identifying and working on the root causes of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and addiction. We’ll also cover plant allies that can help anyone remain more balanced.

Guest Instructors for this series include

  • Christopher Bennett is an herbal medicine student at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine and a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in child, adolescent, adult, and addictions psychiatry. He has 8 years of experience in the field of mental health. He is a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee in 2009, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Belmont University in 2007, and the Bachelor of Science in Social Work fro the University of Tennessee in 2004.
  • Lydia Anne M. Bartholow is an educator, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, herbalist, writer, and organizer. She is currently working on her doctorate at Oregon Health Science University.

This module is 4 recorded classes, averaging 2 hours each.

All of the classes are recorded from a webinar series. The recordings, handouts and resources, are available in the online classroom. Students will have access for a minimum of three years to all materials.

Clinical Herbalist

Thomas Easley

Thomas Easley is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, co-author of Modern Herbal Medicine and the Modern Herbal Dispensatory and Director of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session 1 - Depression

    • Handouts for Class 1

    • cesd Screen for Depression

    • Depression from Integrative Medicine (3rd Ed)

    • DSM Issues

    • Heartache by Larken Bunce

    • Class 1 Recording

    • Childhood microbial experience and the immunoregulation of inflammation in adults

    • But where does the inflammation come from

    • Gut and brain axis

    • Nutritional Strategies for Dealing with Depression

    • Your Microbiome and Depression

    • Video - Emily Deans, M.D. What Not To Eat for Good Mental Health

    • Video: Integrative Approaches to Depression - Suruchi Chandra

  • 2

    Session 2 - Bipolar Disorder and Genetic Influences on Mental Health

    • Class 2 Handouts

    • Bipolar Disorder and Complementary Medicine

    • Harvard Bipolar Index

    • MoodCheck

    • Gluten Sensitivity as a Neurological illness

    • Bipolar and Thyroid Antibodies

    • NAC in Psychiatry

    • Polypharmacy/Bipolar illness

    • Class 2 Recording

    • Complimentary Medicine Current Safety Issues and Clinical Considerations

  • 3

    Session 3 - Addiction

    • Trauma and Addiction

    • Class 3 Recording

  • 4

    Session 4 - Anxiety and ADHD

    • Class 4 Anxiety and ADHD

    • Anxiety and ADHD

    • Nervine Differentials

  • 5

    Mental Health Test

    • Test

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