Integrative Medication management08/03/2023 2024-01-06 7:30
Integrative Medication management
Integrative medication management — A holistic approach to relief and healing
Get a personalized medication management plan that works — even if you’ve had trouble finding relief in the past.
Get a personalized, integrative medication plan that goes beyond just a prescription
If you’re struggling to find a medication routine for your mental health, you’re not alone. Trial and error with different drugs and different doctors can leave anyone feeling frustrated and hopeless. Sometimes the answer isn’t more medication — it’s an integrative approach that goes deeper than traditional mental health plans can.
What is integrative medication management?
Integrative treatment takes a whole-person approach to mental wellness.
Instead of forcing you to choose between traditional psychiatric care and more holistic therapies, an integrative plan offers you the best of both approaches. This creates a more comprehensive level of care and gives you more choices as a patient.
In addition, integrative mental treatment looks at the connection between mind, body, emotions, and spirit. This means treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other issues at their deepest level.
For instance, depression can be caused by unresolved trauma, but it can also be driven by hormonal imbalances, vitamin deficiency, or even exposure to toxic mold. Whereas traditional psychiatry might treat all of these cases the same, we would approach each of these root causes differently.
Most importantly, the deeper level of care that integrative mental health provides means it can often produce better outcomes — even if you’ve had difficulty finding relief in the past. Many patients at our center were struggling for years before we worked with them to find the right diagnosis and treatments.
“I had a complete work-up done … and found that a huge contributor to my depression was very low Vitamin D. It was a necessary baseline that no one had ever checked!” — Kyra M., Denver
At our center, you’re in control of your medication decisions
Our integrative medication management plans are based on your unique preferences and experiences. If you’re more comfortable with traditional options, your plan might focus on psychiatric medications. However, if you’d prefer a more holistic plan, we can discuss additional treatment options that can support a conventional approach. And if you’d like to find alternatives to medication, we can discuss the benefits and risks based on your specific medical history, lifestyle, and other factors.
No matter which path you choose, we’ll help you make informed, evidence-based decisions about your care. Here’s some of the many options that your plan of care might include one or more of:
Medication trials for psychiatric medications that are new to you
Adjusting the dosage of your current medications
Tapering off a current medication
Psychotherapy or counseling
Ketamine infusions for depression, anxiety, or trauma
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
Nutrient optimization (through food, supplements, or IV therapy)
Mindfulness recommendations like meditation
Somatic recommendations like massage therapy, yoga, and accupuncture
Lifestyle interventions such as sleep hygiene and exercise
Conditions we treat
Our integrative psychiatry and medication management experts specialize in diagnosing and treating a range of issues and disorders, including:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Treatment-Resistant Depression
- Complex Trauma
- Drug & Alcohol Addiction (inc. Medication-Assisted Treatment like Suboxone and Vivitrol)
- Other Addictions (inc. Pornography, Gambling, Shopping)
- OCD & Phobias
- Bipolar Mood Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Common Psychiatric Medications
There are several major categories of medications that may be used to treat mental health conditions:
Antidepressants: These medications help relieve depression symptoms like sadness, lack of energy, sleep issues, and difficulty concentrating. Some common antidepressant types include SSRIs (e.g. Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro), SNRIs (e.g. Effexor, Cymbalta), TCAs (e.g. imipramine, nortriptyline), and MAOIs (e.g. phenelzine, tranylcypromine). Other antidepressants like Wellbutrin (bupropion) may also be used.
Anti-anxiety Medications: Medications like benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax, Klonopin, Valium) can help reduce anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. We prescribe these judiciously and help patients learn coping skills to eventually taper off anti-anxiety meds when appropriate.
Mood Stabilizers: This class of medication is used primarily for bipolar disorder to help manage dramatic mood swings. Lithium, anticonvulsants (e.g. Depakote, Lamictal), and atypical antipsychotics (e.g. Abilify, Seroquel) are often prescribed as mood stabilizers.
Stimulants: Stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamines (Adderall, Vyvanse) may be used for attentional disorders like ADHD. These help improve focus and concentration.
Antipsychotics: Medications like risperidone, clozapine, olanzapine help reduce psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking in conditions like schizophrenia. As with all medications, we aim to use the minimum effective dose.
Meet our psychiatric providers
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3 Simple steps to get started
Step 1: Free Consultation
Reach out for a free 15-minute phone consultation with a member of our patient care team. This gives us a chance to learn about your health history, struggles, and goals. We’ll help determine if our services are a good fit and provide next steps.
Step 2: Initial Evaluation
In your first appointment, a member of our integrative psychiatry team will conduct an in-depth evaluation. Our psychiatric providers spend extensive time understanding you as a whole person — your unique biology, life experiences, relationships, diet, lifestyle habits, medical history, and more. This step will also include ordering lab tests if needed.
Step 3: Personalized Treatment Plan
Based on your evaluation, we’ll work with you to create an integrative treatment plan that meets your needs and honors your individual preferences. This may include medications, therapy, lifestyle changes, dietary plans, supplements, and other modalities.
Once your plan is set, your treatment can begin. Your progress will be closely monitored, and we’ll continuously adapt and optimize your medications and other treatment options to manage or even heal your symptoms while minimizing side effects.
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