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What is Integrative Psychiatry?

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Integrative psychiatry, as a holistic form of treatment, seeks to understand and address the entirety of an individual, not merely isolated parts. Blending conventional methods like medication prescription with personalized and complementary therapies, it offers a unique and comprehensive approach to mental health.

Integrative psychiatry offers an array of treatments including nutritional adjustments, relaxation exercises, guided imagery, bodywork, and eye movement exercises among others. These therapies aim to treat mental health conditions by considering physical, mental, and environmental factors together, allowing for a well-rounded healing process.

The approach is particularly beneficial to those who have not found success with traditional psychiatry. Conditions such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression could all be potentially alleviated by this treatment modality. It’s important to note, however, that those with severe mental health issues or experiencing crises like suicidal thoughts or psychosis may require more intensive treatment.

A key principle of integrative psychiatry is its goal to promote significant mental health and overall life enhancement, rather than just disease management. The approach recognizes the healing power of relationships and maintains that the body, mind, and one’s environment operate in harmony. Integrative psychiatry also emphasizes the importance of preventative measures over simply responding to problems as they occur.

Importantly, integrative psychiatry believes in the capacity for self-healing given the right tools and conditions, integrating conventional and alternative treatments to support this process. It recognizes and respects individual differences and promotes self-responsibility in maintaining health and happiness.

The approach dispels several misconceptions. It doesn’t discourage the use of psychiatric medication; rather, it acknowledges its value while also exploring alternative treatments. Assessments under integrative psychiatry consider all aspects of a person’s life - mind, body, spirit, and personal environment. Also, patients are not exclusively seeking natural remedies, but are open to trying all available options in a safe, guided setting.

So why choose integrative psychiatry? It's a unique, comprehensive approach that views you as a whole individual and explores a wide array of treatment options to find what works best for you. This approach not only helps manage mental health issues but can also improve physical health and address external issues such as relationships and family dynamics. In essence, integrative psychiatry doesn't just treat illnesses – it enhances lives.

Integrative psychiatry can include-

 

- Lab work- trying to find if any physiological issues are causing mental health disease process

- Medication management for mental health issues

- Specific diet and exercise interventions for promoting better mental health

- Working on Gut health which affects mental health

- Working to decrease inflammation which can be a cause of mood and affective disorders

- Coping skills to increase resilience

- Mindfulness techniques to lay a foundation for resilience

- Spiritual interventions for resilience and mental health improvement.

 

 

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