An Integrated Approach to Mental Health Care

May 4, 2021
mental health, naturopathic medicine, mindfulness, the Wholeness Center, Fort Collins, Northern Colorado

THE PAST YEAR HAS BEEN UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

It is safe to assume that life as we once knew it will never be the same.

That can leave many of us with a sense of hope,
AND an unsettling curiosity about how to move forward.

As we become part of the world’s new normal, it is wise to check in with yourself, mentally. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I connected to the natural world – humans, animals and the earth?
  • Am I giving my body adequate nutrition and hydration?
  • Am I able to sleep restfully OR am I ready to face the day when I wake up?
  • Have I moved or stretched my body, today?
  • Am I in control of my thoughts and emotions?

Answering NO to any of these questions may be a sign that your mind, body and spirit are not working in alignment at this time.

NOT TO WORRY… 

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU INTEGRATE ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR HEALTH!

Following, Dr. German Ascani will answer your questions about becoming integrated – mind, body, spirit – from an approach that encourages WHOLENESS:

WHAT IS AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH?

DR. GERMAN: Starting with the basics I like to engage individuals in a conversation about their daily routines such as activity level, stress reduction and sleep.  I like to get to know them as a human.

Carving out time for self-nurturing through relationships with others, exercise, good nutrition, and prioritizing sleep goes a long way towards sustaining mental clarity, decreasing mood fluctuations and providing balance to our busy and stressful lives.

HOW DO YOU INTEGRATE TRADITIONAL AND NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?

DR. GERMAN: It simply means we use all the tools available to give you a well-rounded mental health strategy.

NUTRITION – Giving your body the essential nutrients it needs to function is important while also reducing toxicity and inflammation. That benefits both your physical and psychological health. You can’t address one without the other.

MINDFUL MOVEMENT – Brain health and physical health are very much related.  Enhancing your body’s ability to heal itself leads to decreased mental health symptoms.  Some things to try:

  1. mindful minute
  1. practicing gratitude
  1. meditation
  1. yoga

 

Any activity that gets you in touch with yourself, physically and emotionally, can improve mental health.

MEDICATION – There is nothing wrong with considering anti-depressant medication to address mental health symptoms. They can positively impact someone’s life and provide much benefit in changing the emotional and mental space that prevents an individual from implementing other healthy living strategies.

It’s not all or nothing – but an integration of multiple tools (these are just a few).

MY DOCTOR GAVE ME A GENERAL DIAGNOSIS, COULD YOU HELP ME DIG DEEPER?

DR. GERMAN: There is not a one size fits all diagnosis. You can try everything and anything that will help, concurrently.

Here is an example of one type of diagnosis – chemical imbalance. There are many myths and narratives out there, such as the chemical imbalance hypothesis. While there may be scientific data that supports it, there is also data that does not, and everything in between.

We are complex humans with complex and varied metabolic, neurological, physiological and psychological profiles. The brain is so complex that we are still learning about it.

We address your immediate needs and also guide your search for the root cause of your symptoms. We help you integrate the functioning of your mind, body and spirit – using all of the tools at our disposal.

Please contact the Wholeness Center if you have questions about integrative medicine, and/ or mental health alternatives. If you live in the Northern Colorado/ Ft. Collins area and would like to learn more about the innovative programs the Wholeness Center has to offer, please call 970-221-1106 or email info@wholeness.com.

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