What is Whole Psychiatry?
Whole Psychiatry is a comprehensive highly personalized systemic approach to psychiatric disorders. Data-driven, it sets the standard for excellence and leading edge thinking in psychiatric care.
Whole Psychiatry was founded on the principles of traditional psychiatry* and functional medicine**, drawing the best from each.
Whole Psychiatry’s relationship with each new patient begins with a comprehensive review of a patient’s history, a partial physical, and diagnostic testing. We know that…
- Each person possesses biochemical individuality
- Treatments should concentrate on processes rather than diseases
- Treatment is driven by what the patient needs, not by insurance dictates or guesswork
- The fundamentals of health include one’s lifestyle, relationships, diet, surroundings, dreams, belief systems, and vision of a productive meaningful life.
Traditional psychiatry is the first arm of Whole Psychiatry, employing two tools or disciplines – psychological therapies and psychopharmacology. Many studies have shown that, while these approaches alone can prove successful, they are often do not lead to a life of vitality.
Functional medicine is the second arm of Whole Psychiatry, which assumes that the mind and brain are strongly influenced by the function of the body. This mandates a clear understanding of the ‘why’ before an approach can be developed. Both Functional Medicine and Whole Psychiatry begin with a thorough 6-hour patient data gathering process involving a review of the patient’s medical history, medications, questionnaire responses, a partial physical exam, and psychological assessment. Based on an analysis of that data, a determination is made of which targeted laboratory tests are appropriate to assess disturbances in:
- Gastrointestinal function
- Immune function including infection and inflammation
- Detoxification and bio-toxin burden
- Oxidative stress and mitochondrial function
- Nutritional status and special nutritional needs
- Hormonal function
- Genetic and epigenetic function
How is Whole Psychiatry different?
Whole Psychiatry systemic approach includes a full health assessment, not just a psychiatric one. One physician evaluates all of a patient’s various medical issues and psychiatric issues instead of having them split amongst different physicians. The body and the mind are assessed and treated in one place.
We work to restore the entirety of one’s health, diminish medication use, and control or eliminate complex chronic mental and physical health issues.
Treatment seeks to improve our patients’ physical and mental health using tools science and clinical experience have proven most powerful:
- Improving the effectiveness of all metabolic systems,
- Lifestyle enhancements – adding play, fun, creativity
- Achieving nutritional goals by eliminating food allergies and adding customized supplementation
- Removing toxins
- Getting psychological care through psychotherapy or other psychologically supportive sources such as 12-Step programs or professional coaches
- Being spiritually supported through whatever means feel comfortable – practices, communities, rituals, reading, etc.
Philosophical Orientation of the Whole Psychiatrist
The third arm of Whole Psychiatry is our philosophy. We respect the fact that there is still much to learn about the human body and mind. Illness is generally the result of predisposing factors and with triggering events. To understand these factors and events, we do biological testing and spend time getting to know the unique environmental, social, familial, cultural, and spiritual contexts of each patient’s life.
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