27 non-drug approaches to mental health
 
The new paradigm of Integrative Mental Health

Integrative Mental Health is a paradigm shift that embraces the best of both conventional and non-drug treatments, is a discipline that gets back to basics. 

It appreciates that there many factors directly associated with mental health conditions. Sometimes the combined weight of these factors “breaks the camel’s back” and leads to psychiatric crisis.



Integrative Mental Health practitioners systematically assess for these factors, and treat those found. They know that everyone’s constellation of factors is different, and that the factors constantly interact in an evolving network of causation. 

Their appreciation of this human complexity leads them to adopt a rich menu of 27 non-drug options, organized into clusters that have proven most effective for schizophreniabipolardepressionanxiety and other diagnoses. 

It also leads them away from the simplistic chemical model of drug therapy that discounts, and in many cases ignores, these many known influencing factors.

A process of experimentation with non-drug approaches is very often needed to achieve recovery. Individualized testing and evaluation can help identify those approaches you may find of most benefit. 

Non-drug options support wellness

The 27 non-drug approaches of Integrative Mental Health are part of a Wellness Continuum and are clustered into 5 major domains: 
  • Wellness Basics: Wellness practices that help avoid mental health issues. 
  • Psychosocial: Addressing the emotional, trauma, stress and mind-based causes of mental health symptoms.
  • Biomedical: Addressing the physical causes of mental health symptoms.
  • Symptom Relief: Methods to minimize mental health symptoms.
  • Over-Care Avoidance: Ways to avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment

These approaches
 are evidence-based tools that have helped many people with mental health challenges reclaim their lives. Thousands of gold-standard scientific trials support their use. 

These approaches are explained and prioritized for each major mental health diagnosis in Choices in Recovery.  With practitioners, you can select a short-list of approaches to match your individual bio-individuality, history and preferences.