Based upon our 31 years of medical and psychiatric experience, and knowledge of the literature, we have created a series of resources to help you in your journey toward wellness. These brief reviews contain a summary of the best of both the traditional psychiatric approach and the Whole Psychiatry approach to mental and physical health (which of course, are tied together). We hope you find this information useful.
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Current Treatment Options for Psychiatric Disorders
What are the treatment options for psychiatric disorders today? What tools are in a physician’s medical “tool box” today?
Medication and Psychotherapy
The primary way of helping people today is through the use of medication and psychotherapy. Medications can be augmented by adding other medications or thyroid hormone which results in a different mechanism of action together. Sometimes this works miraculously, but too often this approach leaves much to be desired.
Medication Problems & Limits
Many times the side effect burden is more than patients can handle and compliance becomes a major issue. Then there is the unpleasant fact that most of our medications increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, and push people along the path toward weight gain, diabetes, and osteoporosis over time. Diabetes increases inflammation in the body, and inflammation is a major contributor to nearly every chronic health problem in Western Society.
New Treatment Options
The new treatment has helped us significantly, but it simply cannot take us much further at this point. The evidence of this failure is manifest in the following facts:
- Most patients don’t have full recovery
- Psychiatric conditions develop along with, not separate from, the major chronic illnesses (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, early death, osteoporosis)
- The economic impact on individuals, families, co-workers, businesses, and communities of these limitations is quite large.
Yours in Health,
Robert J. Hedaya, MD, DFAPA
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