Physician, Heal Thyself, And Thy Healthcare System

Why Our Current Healthcare System is Woefully Inadequate

Published on May 1, 2011 by Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D. in The Mindful Self-Express

The Integrative Medicine Model of Healthcare

The Integrative Medicine Model of Healthcare

Many mental health disorders carry risks for physical disease.

  • Depression is a risk factor for many serious and life-threatening diseases, including heart disease, addictions, chronic pain, diabetes and obesity.
  • Illness diagnosis can result in an anxiety disorder
  • Chronic mental stress can cause muscle pain, fatigue, inflammation, and impaired immunity
  • Stress can result in impaired self-care, such as not eating, exercising, or sleepingproperly, increasing risks of disease.
  • Depressed mood can interfere with heart rate variability or the ability of the individual to put the brakes on and stop anxiety-related physiological arousal from spiraling out of control.
  • PTSD has been linked to addictions, smoking, heart disease and autoimmune diseases.

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