Expert Commentary

Integrative Psychiatry in Primary Care

Richard P. Brown, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University
New York, NY

Richard P Brown, MD, explains the potential patient benefits of integrative psychiatry for common psychological and psychiatric disorders. The complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments discussed here and in Dr. Brown’s books may be used in combination with psychopharmacology or, in many cases, as a first-line alternative to prescription medications. The breathing techniques and dietary recommendations he describes have helped millions of Americans improve stress-related issues, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia, as well as trauma-induced emotions and behaviors. Here, Dr. Brown describes and offers case histories of methods that have been scientifically shown to be effective in alleviating specific mood challenges.




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