A Mad In America recent posting reports on a recent World Psychiatry Journal1 article titled:
Emphasis on Nutrition [Is] Needed to Reform Mental Health Treatments
My comments at Mad In America:
Issues with the purported inadequacy of nutritional supplements do parallel the overwhelming public angst over the limitations of psychiatric medications themselves. The extant label system, and the homogenization of human suffering encouraged as a cost saver by managed care, create inadequacies on both the Functional and Traditional sides of attempts at psychiatric care. Labels leave even well informed professionals with few options but to take treatment sides with one camp or the other, and to almost completely ignore managed care who uses those same labels to repeatedly deny reasonable treatments.
Nutrition: An Example of What's Missing
Overlooked: the interests of the patient. What each group provides is excellent care, but insufficient awareness of the multiple biomedical variables.
Each polarized group markets their own limited perspective as the only essential. However, in my own opinion, having lived in both camps for more than a decade, the fault is not with either philosophy but the system that insists on outdated labels rather than effective biomedical measurements as determinants for treatment objectives. Both perspectives are essential.
Mind complexity requires more than casual navigation beyond the superficial readings of visual sightings. In sailing Dead Reckoning navigation is, without the use of multiple inputs from modern technology, “considered obsolete.” Radar, depth finders, maps that show sandbars all prove useful in mind navigation. Without knowing precise targets the entire process oftentimes devolves to the unacceptable process of shooting geese at night. Honk, bang.
Guesswork is out, data is in. Measurement for specific details of nutritional imbalance matter everyday – especially for treatment failure.
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1 Sarris, J., Logan, A. C., Akbaraly, T. N., Paul Amminger, G., Balanzá‐Martínez, V., Freeman, M. P., … & Jacka, F. N. (2015). International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research consensus position statement: nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry. World Psychiatry, 14(3), 370-371. (Full Text)