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What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is a healthcare model that blends conventional medical disease state treatment with complementary, whole-person-focused treatment.  Integrative medicine essentially “integrates” all aspects of your well-being blending your physical, mental, and spiritual needs to achieve optimal health. It goes beyond illness and disease and symptom relief, focusing on underlying root causes that can be contributors and causes of disease.

Can Integrative Medicine Help with Mental Heath?

Integrative medicine is also applied to mental health care. Integrative mental health care moves beyond symptom management of a mental health disease and looks at the underlying root causes versus simply being focused on symptom relief, and pharmacological treatment which is the most common model of mental health treatment administered today.

Why do People Choose Integrative Medicine?

The reason integrative and functional psychiatric treatments are gaining traction today among providers and consumers is that people are fed up with the unacceptable results of our traditional pharma model to gain symptom relief from mental illness.

  • 35% of individuals that go through four medicinal treatment regimens do not get better.
  • 50-92% of people that are on traditional medicines to relieve symptoms relapse.

People are looking for lasting recovery and that involves a more integrative whole-person approach, including an individual’s biology, genetics, and lifestyle as part of more thorough and insightful treatment planning that results in lasting recovery.

Many people can benefit from integrative psychiatric treatment including people suffering from: 

  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders

For additional information about its many applications and benefits, explore our library of online resources which includes integrative medicine articles, past and upcoming seminars and webinars, and functional & integrative psychiatry courses.  If you are ready to take your knowledge and skills in integrative psychiatry to a new level, sign up for our Integrated Psychiatric Fellowship Program.

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