DR NAI'M M MOOLA
BMedSc, MBChB, MMed- Psych (Up), FCPsych (SA)
What is integrative Psychiatry?
Integrative psychiatry views an individual as a whole consisting of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and environmental aspects. Therefore, integrative psychiatry is a holistic approach that uses both conventional and complementary therapies in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. The goal of this approach is to allow health and well-being on all levels.
WHO CAN IT HELP?
Integrative psychiatry can help those who have had difficulty with traditional psychiatry and who want to take a deeper look at their health and how it impacts their life. Treatment can help those with a variety of conditions.
Integrative Psychiatry incorporates principles that focus on prevention of illness and promotion of health. The goal is to improve all aspects that influence life (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and environmental)
Integrative Psychiatry incorporates a variety of interventions to ensure that the patient is being treated not just in parts, but as a whole. Both conventional and complementary methods are used in intervention.
There are common misconceptions about integrative psychiatry. These include: Only focused on a few aspects in assessment e.g family history, discourages pharmaceutical interventions, only uses natural treatments