RELEASED JAN. 16, 2016

UNM psychiatrist Dr. Judith Pentz presents startling new interventions

in far-ranging, complete textbook on integrative therapies for depression

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – It’s time to rethink how we treat depression.

In Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment and Prevention, University of New Mexico’s Judith Pentz, M.D., lends her voice to the growing body of work that shows there is a world beyond prescribing drugs. The book released Dec. 19 and features her chapter on botanicals for depression.

“This is one of the most complete books on almost every option available beyond medications,” said Pentz, who has practiced as a psychiatrist for twenty-five years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is on the faculty at the University of New Mexico as an assistant professor and attending child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist.

Treating depression with pharmaceuticals can only get you so far, she said. Medications have limits, and side effects may be unacceptable.

“The chapter and the book are a great resource for both the practitioner and those looking for more natural interventions that have shown evidence of being effective in treating depression,” Pentz said. “The focus is on adults suffering from depression. Many contributors shared their wisdom in an effort to illustrate how complex the challenge can be yet the integrative options do exist.  Integrative Therapies promises to be one of the most complete books on almost every option available beyond medications.”

Each chapter is written by researchers or clinicians practicing in the field, working in conjunction with experts in medicine and psychology who have conducted leading edge work in their areas of expertise, she said.

The 549-page textbook, published by Taylor & Francis, drew from nearly 3,000 scientific studies. Chapters summarize emerging theories, as well as present keys to unlocking depression the link to other influences, such as inflammation, genetics, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal conditions, environmental stress, and nutritional deficiencies.

The book, and Pentz’ chapter, examine findings about non-drug therapies from vitamins and botanicals to exercise, stress reduction, mind-body practices and spiritual approaches.

“This is valuable resource if you’re trying to help someone with a mood disorder,” Pentz said. “There is another way that one can consider.”

Pentz has been speaking across the continent about her work, including presenting in Toronto on “Nutrition and the Use of Micronutrients” this past May. That talk, to the American Psychiatric Association, presented nutrition and micronutrient therapies as a novel approach for treating mood disorders. In October 2015, she presented on the same topic to child and adolescent psychiatrists at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry conference. In April 2016, she will speak at an international conference on Orthomolecular Medicine.

She is available for interviews about how she has been helping people find a better, more effective way to release people from the grip of depression.

Contact Pentz at 505-883-9580 and office@drpentz.com. For more information see drpentz.com.

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AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS

Integrative psychiatrist Dr. Judith Pentz, M.D., can give your readers a map to the options in integrative therapies so they can be equipped with knowledge as they work with practitioners. She is available for interviews about how integrative approaches are helping patients in New Mexico and throughout the country.

ABOUT DR. JUDITH PENTZ

Dr. Judith Pentz is an integrative psychiatrist at the University of New Mexico. She is board-certified in child and adult  psychiatry and recently, she became board-certified in integrative medicine. She works in a clinical setting at UNM’s Center for Life, and she often speaks internationally on integrative therapies.

She also is the founder of Green Lotus Healing Center and author of forthcoming “Return to the Soul.” Topics that have captivated her audiences recently include ayurvedic interventions that work and panchakarma for a clear mind and open heart.

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