This webinar will present an overview of integrative medicine for mental health. A review of current research supporting the relationship between nutritional deficiencies and depression will be presented in addition to clinical cases. The current treatment model in psychiatry relies solely upon symptom-based recommendations for medication with little consideration for the biochemical individuality or the underlying biological mechanisms that may be contributing or causing symptoms. The current practice of medication selection is essentially a sophisticated trial-and-error guessing game. Even more concerning is research supporting the fact that medications are barely more effective than placebos in treating mild to moderate depression. The goal of the webinar is to help clinicians the underlying metabolic imbalances that may be related to the development of mood and anxiety disorders.
The Lakota are native Americans from what is now North and South Dakota. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, MPhil, author of the seminal book "Coyote Medicine" gave this view of how the Lakota view mental health and illness at the Integrative Mental Health Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on March 22, 2010.