Whole Person Psychiatric Care

The whole person approach

Whole-person psychiatric care is an approach to mental health treatment that takes into account the many different factors that can influence a person’s mental health and well-being. Instead of focusing solely on symptoms or diagnoses, this approach looks at the individual as a whole, taking into account their physical health, social context, and personal beliefs and values.

Some key components of whole-person psychiatric care may include:

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  1. A focus on the person’s unique needs and preferences: Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, whole-person care is tailored to the individual’s specific needs and preferences. This may involve working collaboratively with the person to develop a treatment plan that takes into account their goals, values, and priorities.
  2. Holistic assessment: A thorough assessment is conducted to understand the person’s physical, emotional, and social well-being. This may include evaluating any medical conditions, sleep patterns, nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle factors that may be impacting the person’s mental health.
  3. Evidence-based treatment options: Whole-person care integrates evidence-based treatments for mental health concerns. This may include medication, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and complementary and alternative approaches such as mindfulness-based stress reduction and acupuncture.
  4. Integrated care: Whole-person care is often delivered by a team of healthcare providers, including psychiatrists, primary care providers, therapists, and other specialists. Collaborative care models emphasize effective communication and coordination among these providers.
  5. Continuity of care: Whole-person care emphasizes ongoing and consistent care for the individual over time, rather than a one-time intervention. This may involve regular check-ins with healthcare providers, tracking of symptoms, and adjustments to treatment as needed.
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Overall, whole-person psychiatric care aims to promote recovery and well-being by addressing the multiple factors that can impact mental health. By treating the whole person, this approach recognizes that mental health is not just about diagnosing and treating symptoms, but about supporting the person in achieving their full potential and living a fulfilling life.

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