According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 25 percent of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and nearly 50 percent of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. In the United States, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness and frequently co-occur with depressive disorders. Traditionally, the mainstay of treatment has been medications. However, due to concerns about side effects or dissatisfaction with traditional medicine, it has been reported that 1 in 3 people seek out complementary treatments to supplement traditional care. This lecture seeks to 1.) help physicians understand the difference between complementary, alternative, functional, and integrative medicine and 2.) to provide physicians with an understanding of treatment options beyond traditional medications for treating psychiatric illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
1. Describe the differences between complementary, alternative, functional, and integrative medicine
2. Understand and describe the non traditional psychiatric treatment options for anxiety
3. Understand and describe the non traditional psychiatric treatment options for depression
Dr. Natalie Do first began her career in health care as a pharmacist. After pharmacy school at University of Southern California, she conducted HIV/AIDS research in Botswana as a Fulbright Scholar with the Botswana/Harvard AIDS Partnership. Her work with HIV/AIDS patients convinced her that her calling was to become a physician. Upon her return to the United States, she practiced inpatient pharmacy while completing her medical education at Western University of Health Sciences.While in medical school, she became fascinated with Psychiatry, and completed her Adult/General Psychiatry residency at Loma Linda University. She continued her training in psychiatry at University of California San Diego in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for both adult/general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Do currently works for the Department of State Hospitals.
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