Integrative Mental Health
What is Integrative care?
Adding evidence-based nondrug options to conventional care
Courtesy Dr. Andrew Weil.
Paradigm shift to Integrative Mental Health
7 Dimensions of change
Mental health care is undergoing a significant paradigm shift driven by the fact that psychiatric drugs aren't solving the growing mental health challenge.
The emerging paradigm – Integrative Mental Health – accepts drug therapy when needed, but asserts that evidence-based nondrug options are vital.
Integrative Mental Health practitioners are changing psychiatry in seven significant dimensions.
The web of causation of mental distress
Personalized care that detects and addresses the unique causative factors that impact mental well-being for each individual.
Moving from symptoms to causes
An eminent psychiatrist calls psychiatry the "least medical of all medical branches"  - not to slam his own profession, but to highlight that psychiatry has strayed from a key medical fundamental.
The discipline rarely considers why their patients are in distress. It doesn't seek causes, but delves into symptoms, and prescribes drugs to reduce those symptoms.
Integrative practitioners, however, seek to bring psychiatry to the medical mainstream. They work to understand and treat the causes that lie beneath the symptoms. They probe for markers of biological, social, and behavioral factors unique to the individual.
Since our mind and body are so tightly entwined, these factors appear to interact in a dynamic web of causation that we don't fully understand. It is clear that certain factors can be both causes and effects.
Some people have one factor that predominates. Others strain under the accumulated weight of many smaller issues. And sometimes a minor incremental stressor can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and ushers in a crisis of mental distress.
Since everyone's constellation of factors is different, integrative practitioners look beyond a "one size fits all" drug approach which is rarely satisfactory.
They use disciplined diagnostic procedures to discover the most out-of-balance factors and then work to improve them. This helps enhance core wellness which often improves symptoms, sometimes dramatically.
The following infographic highlights many causative factors that can disrupt mental well-being.
Customized Holistic Treatment.
Integrative Mental Health holds tremendous promise for those in mental distress. Its practitioners can perform biomedical testing, psychosocial evaluation, and probe personal history to search for the unique causative factors for each individual.
They address suspected factors selecting from a menu of 27 evidence-based nondrug options. These include diet, exercise, digestive care, calming practices, nutrient supplements, herbs, psychological therapies, and much more. Nearly all these options have very low or no side effects and can be used with drugs.
In thousands of cases, these customized interventions have significantly decreased symptoms, allowing drug dosages, and associated side effects to be greatly decreased. In some cases, symptoms are completely eliminated without drugs.
Better Care, Lower Cost
Courtesy Dr. Andrew Weil.
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