Introduction - Holistic Treatment of Mental Illness

Psychiatry tells us that "mental illness" is caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain. Drugs are given to treat the chemical imbalance.

However this model often does not work and is plagued with problems:

What is "mental illness"?

The answer to this question depends upon what professional you ask

Psychiatric model

Mental illness is a brain disease.

Psychiatric model says a chemical imbalance is the cause of mental illness.

Nutritional model of mental illness

Mental symptoms are caused by nutritional deficiency or toxicity.

Nutritional model says toxicity and poor deficiency are the causes of mental illness.

Holistic model of mental illness

The nutritional model is a significant step forward, but incomplete. We have to consider the whole person.

A disturbance at any one of those areas can effect how the body functions and lead to symptoms. Treatment lies in correcting these underlining problems.

But I'm already taking supplements for my "mental illness," isn't that being holistic?

Certainly, in many situations supplements such as St. Johns wort, vitamin B12, fish oil and 5-htp (all of which are marketed for the treatment of mental symptoms) do help. However, as important as nutritional supplements, they may be only one small part of a truly holistic plan that incorporates all factors which lead to symptoms.

The purpose of this mental health guide is to

Mental Illness versus mental symptom

The very term "mental illness" implies that there is a disease within the mind. As the following pages will show, this asumption is unfounded. I prefer to use the term mental symptoms because emotional states such as depression and anxiety symptoms of the true problem.


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Holistic Mental Health Guide


Psychiatric illness and medical diagnosis

The DSM and psychiatric diagnoses

The "Chemical Imbalance" theory

Amino acid testing

Organic acids and functional medicine

Heavy metals, organic pollutants, testing and detoxification

Candida and gut dysbiosis

Brain allergies and gluten sensitivity

Hormonal imbalance

Nutritional supplements