Mental illness should be seen as a reflection of multiple internal imbalances. If we understand the causes of these imbalances, we will understand the cures.
Functional medicine is an individualized, patient-centered approach to treatment that focuses on balancing the body’s biology and systems by treating the underlying causes of illness and disease.
Functional and integrative psychiatry is a whole-body approach to treating psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety, or ADHD. This approach identifies the root causes of mental illness in order to treat and restore health of the body and brain.
The root causes of mental illness are unique to each patient, and may be genetic, biochemical, nutritional, hormonal or environmental. Functional and integrative medicine targets these root causes, along with the underlying chemistry affecting brain and behavior, to promote healing and recovery. Through precision testing and treatment of body deficiencies and imbalances, functional medicine can help patients achieve healing beyond what traditional treatment can provide.
Functional and integrative psychiatry provides an enhanced way to treat psychiatric conditions and care for the whole-person, not just their symptoms.
Conventional psychiatry relies heavily upon pharmaceuticals to reduce the symptoms of mental illness. It assumes there is a neurotransmitter imbalance and that medication will alleviate symptoms. However, there are far more factors that influence mental health than just neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.
Functional psychiatry, on the other hand, treats the underlying imbalances that are causing the symptoms in the first place. By resolving these imbalances, patients have a greater change at lasting recovery and overall wellness.
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Functional Medicine Helps Clinicians:
- Improve patient outcomes
- Incorporate objective biologic testing into clinical assessment
- Apply diagnostic protocols in order to create scientifically informed, yet personalized treatment plans
- Treat the whole person, not just test results and diagnoses
- Address root etiologic causes, not just symptoms
- Implement integrated orthomolecular protocols to maximize patient therapy
- Feel confident and empowered to participate in the evolution of modern psychiatry
Functional Medicine Helps Patients:
- Discover the biological, genetic, and environmental factors that are affecting their mental health
- Learn about how these factors influence brain and behavior
- Develop the tools necessary to ask the right questions about mental illness
- Move beyond prescriptions and collaborate with their healthcare providers in a search that is personal and meaningful
- Find motivation and strength as they begin to address the root causes of their condition
- Cultivate hope for relief, remission, and lasting recovery from mental illness
Learn About Our Founder
A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Greenblatt currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine.
An acknowledged integrative medicine expert, educator, and author, Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. Through three decades of practice and research, Dr. Greenblatt is a leading contributor to helping physicians and patients understand the role of personalized medicine for mental illness.
He is the author of seven books, including Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD; Nutritional Lithium: A Cinderella Story; Answers to Anorexia; Integrative Medicine for Alzheimer’s; and Integrative Medicine for Binge Eating.
Dr. Greenblatt is the founder of Psychiatry Redefined, an educational platform dedicated to the transformation of psychiatry. Psychiatry Redefined offers online CME-approved courses, webinars, and fellowships for professionals to learn about functional and integrative medicine for mental illness. To learn more, please visit www.JamesGreenblattMD.com.
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