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Eureka, a holistic psychiatrist

Posted Feb 10 2012 8:56pm
After lamenting the lack of a psychiatrist who would actually listen to what I was doing to manage my bipolar disorder in We Need More Holistic Psychiatrists , I finally found one. He is holistic in the true sense of the word, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary
relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body>
As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (or DO) as well as a Psychiatrist, his focus is on wellness in all aspects of the patient's life (see What is Osteopathic Medicine ).  He actually listened to what I had to say, asked great questions, and was very open to what I've learned through Jill and Healing Touch .

The doctor requested my past history so he could look over it to make sure we're on the right track with medication, and the only change he made was to reduce my Nardil by ½ a pill because he thought the dosage was a bit odd. He interestingly did not agree with the use of ECT for bipolar depression, he felt that it's really only effective with unipolar depression. This could explain why it made me worse instead of better. He had nothing nice to say about the doctor that did my ECT, saying "he'd zap my Golden Retriever if he could get his hands on her."

So finally, what seems like after an eternity of searching, I seem to have found a good mental health care team (this doctor also used to work with my therapist).

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