An Integrative Approach to Mental Health
Armed with pharmaceuticals, biological psychiatry continues to escalate the “war on mental illness.” But because most of these drugs don’t actually heal but merely suppress symptoms, this is a losing battle with collateral damage in terms of serious side effects. Integrative mental health offers safe and effective alternatives to drugs for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Based on endogenous healing, the body and mind’s natural proclivity toward health, this workshop offers evidence-based lifestyle, nutritional, and botanical interventions that can be readily integrated into psychotherapy. Together, we’ll explore:
- The limitations, side effects, and weaning protocols for commonly used psychiatric meds
- A range of nutraceuticals and botanicals that are alternatives for treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia, along with their indications, contraindications and dosages
- The role of lifestyle interventions including exercise, body–mind medicine, and secular spiritual practices for managing mood disorders and sleep concerns
Continued with workshop 514.
Rubin Naiman, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is the sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. His books include Healing Night and Hush.