How Can Integrative Psychiatry Help You?

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How Can Integrative Psychiatry Help You?

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 such as:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Chronic fatigue and pain syndromes
  • Eating disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Perimenopause
  • Phobias

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) leading to great mental health
  • Prevention of illness and promotion of health is key
  • Both conventional and alternative methods of treatment are used
  • More natural interventions and less invasive interventions are used
  • Based on scientific inquiry and open to new paradigms
  • The healing power of relationships both within and outside the field of psychiatry
  • The patient and practitioner are seen as partners in the therapeutic process
  • The practitioner needs to exemplify the principles of integrative psychiatry and be committed to their own journey of self-development

 

Integrative Psychiatry incorporates a variety on 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. Treatment includes:

  • Conventional psychotherapies e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Conventional pharmaceuticals
  • Botanical or herbal remedies
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Exercise and movement
  • Eye movement exercises
  • Body work g. Ayurvedic massage
  • Meditation, relaxation, and breathing exercises
  • Guided visualization and imagery
  • Art therapy
  • Dreamwork and symbology

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

If you feel that you need help or assistance, book a consultation today and get the help that you need to start living a better,  more fulfilled life.

 

 

 

Introduction to Integrative Psychiatry

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Introduction to Integrative Psychiatry

Welcome to Dr N M Moola- Integrative Psychiatry.

With the global psychiatric community abuzz with new and improved interventions, the landscape of psychiatry is indeed changing. And at the forefront is Integrative Psychiatry, which not only looks at the patient’s mental health, but also the patient as a whole. The goal of Integrative Psychiatry is ensuring wellness on all levels (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and environmental). It allows for a combination of effective treatments including both conventional and alternative therapies.

I was drawn to psychiatry as I was fascinated by the complexity of human thought processes and belief systems, and the impact of life events and traumas on these, leading to the evolution of psychopathology. Further, having an in depth rapport and therapeutic relationship with the patient is more personally fulfilling than that associated with the more clinical fields of medicine. Integrative Psychiatry in particular allows me to view the patient in a holistic way and empowering them in their recovery. Thus, the focus is on maintaining wellness and minimizing re-admissions. The patient is not their illness, and as such, I strive to treat more than just the illness.

In this blog, I will share pertinent information about Integrative Psychiatry and mental health in general. I have over ten years of experience in this field and I would like to share what I have learnt along the way, as well as new and exciting developments in the constantly evolving world of psychiatry . I also post frequently on social media and you can keep updated by clicking on the links below.