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Integrative Treatment of Depression and Anxiety: An Effective Nonpharmacological Approach that Preserves Sexual Functioning 

Integrative Treatment of Depression and Anxiety: An Effective Nonpharmacological Approach that Preserves Sexual Functioning
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Integrative Treatment of Depression and Anxiety: An Effective Nonpharmacological Approach that Preserves Sexual Functioning
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Katherine Falk

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10.1093/med/9780190225889.003.0013
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date: 06 May 2021

An integrative approach to the understanding and treatment of mood, anxiety, and sexual disorders is different from a conventional allopathic approach. Rather than merely identifying and treating symptoms, integrative psychiatry looks at the whole person and provides a unique treatment plan for each person, which might also include psychotropic medications when appropriate. Integrative psychiatry addresses the root causes of the problem, considers all factors that influence an individual’s physical and mental health, and, whenever possible, uses less toxic interventions. Many individuals seek integrative care because the conventional approaches have failed to help them. This chapter provides a road map for treating depression and anxiety from an evidenced-based integrative perspective: micronutrients, fish oil, herbs, amino acids, other treatments such as light therapy, and of course lifestyle changes. The integrative approach to mental health treatment has the added benefit of doing less to disrupt sexual function and more to heal it.

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