Introduction to Lifestyle Psychiatry

Gia Merlo, Christopher P. Fagundes

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Mental health and lifestyle are dynamically interconnected. Current global trends in the prevalence of mental illnesses and chronic disease indicate the need for a transdiagnostic approach to public health that addresses symptomatology, social determinants of health, and individual lifestyle factors to improve health outcomes on individual- and population-level scales. Lifestyle psychiatry is a relatively new but rapidly expanding evidence-based field of medicine that targets health behavior change and patient well-being through the lens of the biopsychosocial model of health. Lifestyle psychiatry may serve as a timely vessel through which lifestyle medicine clinicians can utilize a patient-centered approach to healthcare that enhances mental health, physical health, and overall well-being. Clinical applications of lifestyle psychiatry integrate the foundations of lifestyle medicine, neuroscience related to personality and individual factors, cognitive-behavioral approaches, positive psychology, psychopathology, neurobiology, and health neuroscience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLifestyle Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationThrough the Lens of Behavioral Medicine
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781003805007
ISBN (Print)9781032230993
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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