What do you do when your mental health is suffering and nothing you try helps? Are there options beyond the traditional treatment plans? Where can you find support?
#SameHere is an organization founded by Eric Kussin after he experienced 2 and a half years of suffering from a mental health crisis that briefly interrupted his career as a sports executive.
In this episode, you’ll learn Eric’s story in detail, and you’ll also hear from psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Pleener, who is the leader of the Same Here Psych Alliance and advocates for multiple healing modalities when it comes to psychiatry.
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- Eric’s story and how he got to the root of his issues after digging through his trauma
- How mental health is a continuum and the problem with using phrases like “stop the stigma”
- The non-medication healing modalities that Same Here brings awareness to
- The STARR exercises that improve mental fitness, as the “gym for the brain”
- The importance of creating community support and awareness for mental health
- Why you can’t use the same tool over and over to improve mental health – you need more!
- Mental health treatment shouldn’t be a one size fits all plan.
- The work Same Here is doing with schools and businesses
- How you can get involved
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The field of psychiatry is changing as new discoveries about the brain are made. There are many pioneers using evidence-based medicine to seek out different treatments beyond traditional methods and prescription medication. While meds are definitely helpful for some and are one helpful tool in the toolbox, according to Dr. Ranjbar, “we are asking them to do what they were not made to do.”
Dr. Noshene Ranjbar is Harvard trained and board certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine. She serves as medical director of the Integrative Psychiatry Clinic at Banner – University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson.
In this episode we discuss the changes in mental health approaches in the last 20 years, how integrative psychiatry is different, nervous system dysfunction, common underlying issues that impact mental wellness, as well as Dr Ranjbar’s work with refugee and American Indian communities.
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I’m so thrilled to share that we have surpassed the ONE MILLION download mark on the Sparking Wholeness podcast! So what better way to celebrate than with an episode featuring an integrative psychiatrist who discusses the mental health impact of COVID-19!?
Dr. Amelia Villagomez is an integrative psychiatrist at Progressive Psychiatry in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended medical school at Texas A&M, completed her training in General Psychiatry at Yale, and did a fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard. To further her education in holistic healing methods, she completed a fellowship for integrative medicine at The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and is certified in mind-body techniques. In this interview, Dr. Villagomez addresses the top mental health concerns during this pandemic and its aftermath.
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- How children and adolescents may actually be seeing a decrease in mental health concerns during this time, which poses the question: is an international pandemic less stressful than going to school?
- How the pandemic is forcing us to rethink current paradigms.
- Managing uncertainties and expectations.
- The increase in insomnia, its causes, and what to do about it.
- How the abundance of information may be negatively impacting us, stages of disaster, and potential trauma resulting with the current season.
- The importance of mindfulness and staying in the current moment with self compassion and self awareness.
- Nutritional support for mental health and why your brain needs 7-9 different fruits and veggies a day.
- Why the gut-brain connection is something we should all be talking about.
- Why the concept of PLAY is so important for mental wellness and holistic health.
Continue reading “The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 – Interview with Psychiatrist Dr. Amelia Villagomez”