At Axis Integrated Mental Health, we offer a wide range of services to provide our patients with a holistic approach to mental health.
Integrative psychiatry is about taking a whole-person approach to your mental health, backed by solid scientific evidence. Integrative psychiatry focuses on both a mind and body approach to wellness, treating them as connected but distinct systems that impact each other.
Integrative psychiatry combines a thoughtful use of traditional medications with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), all of which are backed by research.
CAM is a medical term that broadly covers medical products and practices falling outside the scope of standard western medical care.
- Complementary medicine includes medical treatments that are used alongside standard medical treatments but are not considered in and of themselves as standard treatment options.
- Alternative medicine includes options used instead of standard medical treatment.
CAM treatments include a range of different types of scientifically backed interventions, many of which are drawn from thousands of years of eastern medical knowledge:
- Mind-body therapies, such as meditation, hypnosis, yoga, tai chi, and biofeedback
- Biologically based practices, such as vitamins, dietary supplements, special foods, and diets, as well as botanicals.
- Manipulative and body-based practices can include massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, and reflexology
- Alternative treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, ketamine infusions, and Spravato nasal spray
CAM treatments can also include supplements and lifestyle changes. We don’t endorse one style over another, but we believe combining both western and eastern philosophies can enhance a patient’s ability to heal from mental health issues faster.
Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, is the practice of exploring one’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors with a trained mental health professional.
During talk therapy, you describe what is going on in your head. It is a way to work through your feelings and ideas, both negative and positive, to identify where they come from and why they are there. It is a way to identify issues that cause you emotional distress.
This process, achieved through talk therapy, can help you correct thinking errors, process trauma, and make positive changes in your life. Talk therapy is also referred to as talking treatment, counseling, therapy, psychotherapy, and psychological therapy.
Ketamine was originally developed as an anesthesia drug in the 1960s and approved by the FDA in the 1970s for that purpose. In more recent decades, it has been approved as a drug for a range of mental health conditions.
There are two different ways of using ketamine to treat your mental health conditions.
Ketamine infusions can be used for a range of conditions, most specifically chronic depression and anxiety.
Spravato is a brand-name prescription nasal spray that contains esketamine, which is one-half of the molecular compound within ketamine. It is approved by the FDA for use with treatment-resistant depression and major depressive disorder.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a cutting-edge and highly effective form of brain stimulation therapy that is FDA-approved for treating major depressive disorder (MDD). TMS is also FDA-approved for treating other conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and anxiety.
During TMS treatment, magnetic pulses are passed through the nerve cells in the area of the brain that controls mood. This helps balance out communication in the brain and improves symptoms of depression.
TMS is a non-invasive procedure recommended as a treatment option for individuals who have not seen success with antidepressant medication or other options, such as talk therapy or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). It is a non-invasive alternative if you don’t respond to other depression treatment options.
It can be challenging to know if a new psychiatric medication is working, which is where medication management comes into play. With medication management, we take care of your prescription and monitor and evaluate its effectiveness.
At Axis Integrated Mental Health, we understand that not all people feel comfortable taking medication for mental health. The idea of taking a pill that will alter and impact your mood, behaviors, emotions, and thoughts can be intimidating.
Some people stress about how psychiatric medication will impact their personality and well-being. Others worry about the potentially addictive nature of the psychiatric medication.
If you are worried about taking and managing your psychiatric medications on your own, we can help. Psychiatric medication management is about more than a doctor prescribing you medication. It is about working with an integrated mental health team that will evaluate the effectiveness of your medication over time.
If your medication isn’t effective or is causing unwanted side effects, we can adjust your treatment plan.
If you have a mental health condition you need treatment for, the team at Axis Integrated Mental Health is ready to help you.
To learn more about how Axis Integrated Mental Health can assist in developing a treatment plan for your mental health conditions, please call us at (720) 400-7025 or fill out our contact us form today.