Whole Psychiatry: Building Your Healthy Self — With Help

Psychiatrist Robert Hedaya creates opportunities to reconsider and reshape your health. Whole Psychiatry [link to his site] was created from his career in mental health with insights from the new field of Functional Medicine.\n\nThe image to the right is my reminder that we each have a lot of control over how our life is shaped and how we respond to various pressures and possibilities. That image links to my blog \”Living Inside the Box: Your Body as Temple\” [or click here]. Dr. Hedaya’s work includes a more familiar and scientific medical model that describes much of the structure I wrote about then (how each person has three control systems to run their life, tadalafil help and that their life is encircled by something greater than our various parts). His site includes a depth of information about Functional Medicine.\n\nRecently Dr. Hedaya was interviewed by Shrink Rap Radio founder psychologist David Van Nuys, ampoule Ph.D. [Link to the intro page where you can Play or download the MP3.]   \”…Robert J. Hedaya, MD, DFAPA is the founder of the National Center for Whole Psychiatry in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Dr Hedaya believes that better mental and physical health can be achieved with less medication by correcting bodily systems and getting to the roots of ill health. Using traditional and integrative approaches, Dr Hedaya assesses digestion, nutrition, immune function, inflammation, detoxifiction, oxidative stress, hormones and genetics in every person he evaluates. Although he is a certified psychopharmacologist, through this method Dr Hedaya has found that his patients can achieve better physical and mental health, with less medication…\n\n\”He is an active member of the Endocrine Society, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a former Board Member of the Suburban Maryland Psychiatric Society, and board certified by the American Boards of Psychiatry and Neurology, Adolescent Psychiatry, and Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Hedaya has been a consultant to the National Institutes for Mental Health, and is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center\”\n

\nOne of the impressive aspects that Dr. Hedaya discussed in the interview with Dr. Van Nuys is that he tells people right up front that we do not know everything. There is more to life than we are able to know. It’s refreshing to hear how he employs Science as much as possible to give people better options for improving health but that ultimately there is more going on than we can fully know. You’ll have to listen to him and visit his site to hear how he explains this  himself.\n\nHelping you build your healthy future: I’m featuring Dr. Hedaya in this blog entry because I am deeply convinced that there is more to life and to health care than is currently understood using the Scientific method. My clinical site [link to Natural Connections Healthcare] and my earlier information site [Natural World Healing] draw upon my experiences in the health care field for over 40 years.\n\nAn important new advance in mental and emotional health is the Coherence Therapy model which is much more supportive of a person’s birthright of self-respect than the older method called \”Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.\” My recent blog includes an interview with one of the founders, who wrote the book, Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation: blog link.\n\nRecent developments in brain science give me renewed hope that people now can have more control over what it takes to shape their lives in ways that bring more meaning and more satisfaction in life. The image to the left [or this link] leads to the Amen-Affiliated Education Center on my clinical site.\n\nNEW June 2013: People who have begun consulting with me can also receive a 10% discount on testing services as described: \”…This discount only applies to the scan services/full evaluation at the Amen Clinics, and does not include medical checkups or other modalities/therapies we provide, and cannot be combined with any other promotional offers.\”\n\nFrom that page I include several links: New Brain Science, Autonomic Nervous System Science (w Dr. Porges’ polyvagal theory as a main focus), FlexAware and more.\n\nOn other pages of my sites I describe the science behind the energies of the heart and the brain and the system that has been called the acupuncture energy \”meridian\” system. This image [and this link] lead to my AcuGraph digital meridian imaging links and hopes for research. Here are links to my earlier Acupuncture Science and Emotions and Acumeridian science pages.\n\nThe AcuGraph technology is a current western science method of learning about changes in the body that happen as a result of acupuncture, reflexology, and other ways to change a person’s \”health energies.\”\n\nThose of you who have followed my explorations and networking in the health care field will see my gradual shift toward more reliance on the new developments in the acumeridian and health energies aspect of health science. There have been brain imaging studies reported that show changes in brain function after a person’s foot has received acupuncture stimulation. There is a growing interest in how people can experience shifts in mental, emotional and physical health as a result of including both physical treatments and energy/acupuncture/reflexology/etc., inputs.\n\nAs I write this essay today, starting with Dr. Hedaya’s Whole Psychiatry, I am still maintaining the new internet site that I began as a response to the school shootings and violence last year. This is for the DC Area Naturopathic Neuropsych Support Services networking endeavor. [Click here for that \”DCNN\” site]\n\nFrom there are links and encouragement to military veterans and their families, and to others who have experienced traumas. I’m especially proud to be a veteran myself because the military now has improved its care for veterans (and active military) and includes acupuncture as an approved way to improve health.\n\nI deeply appreciate body psychotherapy, including FlexAware breath-driven neuro rehab and fitness teaching (I’m a certified FlexAware coach/teacher). These fit nicely with the gentle physical dynamics of the acupuncture treatments that I’d like everyone to receive. I often describe acupuncture as a type of body psychotherapy because it is performed on the body while the mind has to \”take a back seat\” to the process. I’m convinced that your physical body is your key to mental health, and it is your friend (part of \”Living Inside The Box…\” as mentioned above and linked again here — link to blog essay).\n\nI invite you to read my other blog discussions that introduce links about body psychotherapy, Somatics, Epigenetics, Trauma Spectrum, Craniosacral Therapy, FlexAware, Play as Medicine, Family Constellations and more.\n\nThe Future: I’m looking forward to the future when Dr. Amen and others who measure the activity of the brain will have convinced the health insurance companies that there is indeed sufficient evidence that the combination of Functional Medicine [my description page] and acupuncture-related treatments can make deep improvements in people’s mental as well as physical health.\n\nIn closing: The Springtime transition is yet again a reminder of the beauty around us, even in the midst of traumas and challenges. Regardless your opinion about evolution or creation, \”the rocks and stones cry out\” that there is much more to Life than the physical.\n\nWe may not be able to know everything, but \”we are all in this together\” and each person deserves to know the Welcome that is their birthright.\n\nI’m here if you want to talk about your options. [Contact, phone consults, coaching and more.]

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