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Integrative mental health treatments are based on sound medical principles and also provide new approaches to improving mental health without drugs. Integrative medicine physicians do not specialize in trying to obfuscate the patient’s symptoms. What is important is discovering and then addressing the root causes of a person’s mental health symptoms. Instead of using drugs as a first-line choice, integrative physicians and integrative psychiatrists would only resort to a prescription if and when all else failed. This compassionate, client-based care provides a welcome breath of fresh air to everyone.
To be sure, there are drugs that can play an important role in medicine. But, drugs should NOT be the only item on the menu. Clearly, drug companies should NOT be allowed to pressure doctors to offer drugs as the very first choice to improve mental wellness in the vast majority of cases. There are an absolute plethora of non-drug-based treatments that are available within the setting of our cutting edge integrative mental health facility.1
Taking one’s car into a repair shop that didn’t even look under the hood, check the oil or other fluids, etc. would quickly gain that shop a bad reputation. That mechanic would go bankrupt pretty fast. Imagine telling the mechanic about your car’s symptoms, let’s say, a loud knocking noise. The mechanic smiles, nods knowingly. “That’s not at all uncommon,” he says, as he hands you a pair of earmuffs and the bill. “That should take care of that knocking sound.”
And, many doctor/patient conversations are about that brief before reaching for the prescription pad. But the doctors who practice such methods aren’t going bankrupt any time soon. Except, physicians, in the main, are going emotionally bankrupt. According to studies, US doctors are just as unhappy about the current state of medical practice as their patients are. Integrative medicine is probably the best answer to the medical-industrial complex that has turned the practice of healing into something grotesque and nearly unrecognizable.2
Doctors who treat their patients with compassion, authentically caring, and using sound principles are often much happier than doctors who do not have that opportunity. Drugging mental health patients as the all-too-common type of therapy has shown a dismal outcome in the majority of cases. Illnesses and disorders do not get fixed. it is observable that this is the case.3
On the other hand, witnessing the great results from our doctors and caregivers at Alternative to Meds integrative mental health facility is an ongoing source of joy for everyone here at the facility. By the same token, when our clients are treated effectively, and with expertise and kindness, they experience true healing and wellness, sometimes for the first time in a very long time.
We invite you to contact us and get all your questions answered by a caring staff member who would be happy to speak with you today. Find out how our integrative mental health facility could provide exactly the kinds of help you or a loved one has been searching for.
1. Brown, G S, “Now is the Time for Integrative Psychiatry,” Psychology Today Magazine [INTERNET] 2018 Jun 6 [cited 2020 Mar 26]
2. O Rourke M, Doctors Tell All – and it’s Bad. The Atlantic Magazine [INTERNET] 2014 Nov [cited 2020 Mar 26]
3. Goldsmith S, Why Do I Practice “Green” Psychiatry? Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care publication [INTERNET] 2016 Nov 15 [cited 2020 Mar 26]
Originally Published Mar 26, 2020 by Diane Ridaeus
Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente. He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Diane is an avid supporter and researcher of natural mental health strategies. Diane received her medical writing and science communication certification through Stanford University and has published over 3 million words on the topics of holistic health, addiction, recovery, and alternative medicine. She has proudly worked with the Alternative to Meds Center since its inception and is grateful for the opportunity to help the founding members develop this world-class center that has helped so many thousands regain natural mental health.