Introduction to Integrative Psychiatry
In this webinar Dr. Greenblatt sheds an informative light on the fundamental aspects of integrative psychiatry that set it apart from traditional disciplines, the need from which integrative psychiatry has developed as a field, the progress that has been made in promoting integrative approaches to the treatment of mental health.
After examining the dichotomies which characterize medical vs. psychiatric treatment models, Dr. Greenblatt takes a hard look at the shortcomings of the latter, which have resulted in the perpetuation of symptom-focused approaches that, in short, aren’t working. Statistics revealing increasing rates of suicide and mental illness force a critical assessment of modern therapeutic paradigms, and of mainstream practices that too often leave patients stranded on the polypharmacy highway, continuing to suffer from residual symptoms or medication side-effects. Orthomolecular psychiatry and the integrative disciplines that it has propagated offer clinicians an alternative – not ‘alternative medicine,’ but rather scientifically and biologically-informed models that seek to identify and treat the root causes of disorders. The surge in popularity that has accompanied the rise of integrative psychiatry has created something of a fad – are we treating patients, or treating test results? – and Dr. Greenblatt elucidates the need to incorporate testing in a well-defined manner that does not preclude listening to the patient. Next, Dr. Greenblatt introduces his unique integrated biologic model for the assessment and treatment of mental illness, THE ZEEBRA, and explores some of its core components with supporting research evidence. Finally, educational offerings available through Psychiatry Redefined are reviewed, illuminating opportunities for clinicians to develop and refine integrative, personalized, and patient-centered approaches.