Integrative Psychiatry for the Non-Psychiatric Practitioner - ACAM

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  1. Integrative Therapy of Psychiatric Disorders for the Non-Psychiatric Practitioner by Katherine Falk, MD
  2. Intregrative Treatment of Depression and Anxiety by Katherine Falk, MD
  3. The Connection Between the Gut and Brain Disorders by Jay Lombard, MD
  4. Neurobiology of Acetylcholine and Dementia by Jay Lombard, MD
  5. An Integrative Approach to ADHD by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD
  6. Fatty Acids and Their Role in Brain Health by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD
  7. Integrative Treatment of Bipolar Disorder by Katherine Falk, MD
  8. Micronutrients and Mental Health by Katherine Falk, MD
  9. Insomnia by Hyla Cass, MD
  10. Laboratory Evaluation of the Psychiatric Patient by Katherine Falk, MD
  11. Women, Mood, and Hormones by Hyla Cass, MD
  12. The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free by Hyla Cass, MD
  13. Expert Panel by Hyla Cass, MD and Katherine Falk, MD


Workshop Overview

Most individuals with psychiatric symptoms and conditions do not and will not see a psychiatrist. Indeed they seek care from their primary care physician or healthcare provider. The statistics are remarkable.

In the month prior to committing suicide, 50% of patients saw a primary care physician, while only 20% saw a mental health professional. Over 75% of these individuals saw their medical practitioner within the previous 12 months, but only 30% sought mental health care. (Luoma JB et al. Contact with mental health and primary care providers before suicide: a review of the evidence. AM J Psych. 2002; 159:909-916

Why do patients without mental illness issues see a psychiatrist? Mental illness and mental health practitioners are often stigmatized. Frequently, when a patient sees a psychiatrist, medications are offered as a first line of treatment. The reality is that these medications often do not work and have unwanted side effects.

Medications used to treat psychiatric illnesses have not turned out to be as useful as everyone would have liked. Studies have shown that they work only 50% of the time, only slightly better than placebo. Many patients have tried psychotropic medications and personally experienced no benefit, and instead, only experience side effects.

Psychotropic medications are known to have adverse effects. They routinely cause weight gain, metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes in children and adults. Studies have shown that patients taking SSRIs have an increased incidence of GI bleeding, cardiac arrhythmias, and bone loss; similar to the bone loss seen with glucocorticoids.

There is another way. Psychiatrist and healthcare practitioners practice integrative psychiatry have developed methods of evaluating and treating their patients in a more natural way. A variety of natural substances like: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, homeopathy, antioxidants, and fatty acids, are effective to treat many types of psychiatric illnesses. These natural remedies and techniques often can be used safely in conjunction and sometimes in place of psychotropic medicine.

The science of natural treatments is developing rapidly. A recent study from Harvard University showed that patients with high levels of antioxidants in their blood have high levels of office. Other studies have shown that inflammation is correlated with all forms of psychiatric illness. In addition, nutrients like amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids are utilized for proper brain function.

This workshop was developed for those who have a healthcare practice where you see patients with any form of mental health issue and you are interested in natural treatment options. This two-day course will give you real tools to treat real patients. When you return to your office, you will have the knowledge to diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric disorders, including: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, dementia and addictions, using natural integrative and holistic approaches.

Learning Objectives

  1. Diagnose common psychiatric illnesses.
  2. Successfully treat a variety of psychiatric symptoms and disorders - dementia, ADHD, addictions, depression, bipolar disorder - using natural substances, including amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, herbs. Effectively treat addictions using targeted amino acids and other natural supplements.
  3. Know what labs to order to better understand the biological cause of the psychiatric symptoms and to better inform a treatment plan.
  4. Understand the interplay of adrenal and thyroid function and certain psychiatric disorders.
  5. Use diet and nutrition to achieve better functioning of the brain and improvement of psychiatric illness.
  6. Apply their knowledge of the biological underpinnings of mental illness neurotransmitters, fatty acids and cell membranes to treat serious mental illnesses.

This session is part of a set that includes the following sessions:

  1. Basic Chelation Therapy Training - ACAM
  2. Full Title List - ACAM 2013 Hollywood Florida Conference on Mitochondria
  3. Integrative Psychiatry for the Non-Psychiatric Practitioner - ACAM
  4. Lyme Disease - ACAM
  5. Mitochondria in Health and Disease

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