TWO Powerful One- Hour Conversations with
Lila Massoumi, MD on “Integrative Psychiatry and Integrative Medicine”
Dr. Massoumi is an excellent person to define “Integrative Psychiatry”. As Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Dr. Massoumi is in an influential and pioneering position. In this dialogue she describes her practice of “Integrative Psychiatry” and suggests how it now be used to describe the ways that Medicine and Psychiatry can expand.
For decades, psychiatry and medicine have been dominated by a bio-chemical approach that relies heavily on the use of drugs. Science is now giving us ample evidence that other forms of diagnostics and care can also be highly effective–in some cases more effective than pharmaceuticals. Dr. Massoumi describes what she prefers to use in her private practice. She also generously gives information about specific products, and books she uses. She also shows how to find an integrative psychiatrist in your area.
Tailoring the right treatment to each unique person is both a skill and an art. It demands education and skills beyond what are usually taught in medical schools. Given research showing the many negative side-effects of some pharmaceuticals it is imperative that both consumers and healthcare providers learn about the full range of effective alternatives to optimize mental health. A well-informed consumer can then choose the healthcare provider that seems most ‘right’ for them. Healthcare providers can also choose to add new trainings to their toolboxes.
Learning Objectives. You will:
- Improve your understanding of terms when referring to non-mainstream therapies
- Increase your awareness of the prevalence and types of Complementary & Integrative Medicine (CIM) used in the general and psychiatric populations
- Be better able to recognize the limitations and controversies regarding CIM treatments, including evidence-based, drug-supplement interactions, and supplement quality
- Be able to describe the four most useful CIM treatments in psychiatric practice
- Be given access to excellent resources for further learning about CIM
You can access this dialogue online immediately after registering.
Emma Bragdon, PhD, is the Director of Integrative Mental Health for You. She questions Dr. Massoumi for the first 45 minutes of the first hour webinar which Dr. Massoumi answers. Dr. Massoumi gives the one hour presentation on her own in the 2nd webinar. The last 15 minutes of each webinar is devoted to Questions from the audience answered by Dr. Massoumi.
Lila Massoumi, MD, ABIHM, Psychiatrist & Medical Director
Dr. Massoumi trained at Duke University as an undergraduate, George Washington University Medical Center for medical school (Washington D.C.), and Henry Ford Medical Center for medical internship and psychiatric residency. Dr. Massoumi is board-certified in Psychiatry. Dr. Massoumi is Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary & Alternative Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University; and Past-Chair of Psychiatry of an under-served hospital (Hurley Medical Center).
She is the recipient of Hour Detroit Magazine “Top Doc” award in Psychiatry for 2015, 2016, & 2017, receiving the most votes in her category.
In addition to providing excellent clinical care in the greater Detroit area, Dr. Massoumi is committed to improving the mental healthcare field through teaching, lecturing, and writing articles & chapters for colleague psychiatrists, medical students, and patients and consumers.
Dr. Massoumi was inspired to become a psychiatrist at the age of 18 while she was reading the book “The Road Less Travelled” by M Scott Peck, MD. She was drawn to the idea that, as a psychiatrist, she could assist others evolve spiritually via the path of greater self-awareness. She describes her specialties as:
- Distinguishing between and among the following disorders: Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders; Bipolar-Spectrum Disorders; Attention Deficit Disorders(ADD / ADHD); Dissociative Disorders(including Dissociative Identity Disorder); PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder); & Borderline Personality Disorder
- Differentiating Psi Abilities(e.g. Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Mediumship) from Psychosis (i.e. loss of touch with reality)
- Self Actualization and Spiritual Growth