Mental Health Care Delivery

This is why mental health and functional medicine


Mental Health has become an increasingly important issue in today’s society. A variety of studies have demonstrated that mental health is related to a variety of negative health outcomes such as the increased risk of divorce, suicide attempts, and incarceration. However, there is still little agreement on what makes mental health and how best to treat it. Current treatments are often limited and do not effectively address the most complex obstacles of mental health, which account for about one-third of all adult disabilities worldwide. This is why mental health and functional medicine – a more efficient and realistic approach to treating mental disorders – is now being widely employed in Australia.

Functional Medicine

At the forefront of this field is Functional Medicine, which has been recognized as an appropriate approach to the management of psychological or physical illness in order to prevent or alleviate the progression of the disease. Functional Medicine is based on several key principles including the recognition of the interrelationship between bodily systems and the brain; the importance of diet and exercise for optimal mental health and well-being; that patients with chronic illnesses respond best to treatments that address both their symptoms and underlying causes; and that complementary and alternative medicinal approaches can be just as effective at preventing disease as standard drug therapy. Functional Medicine also considers the use of complementary and alternative medicines in place of conventional medications to treat any illness or condition. It has developed a number of advanced protocols and clinical guidelines to guide the diagnosis and treatment of patients with serious illnesses or disabilities. These protocols and clinical guidelines have been developed through extensive research and evidence-based systematic reviews to form the foundation of the Australian National Health Examination System (ANE).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Another advanced specialty mental health care approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This therapy technique, which is used to treat mood disorders and anxiety disorders such as depression, is designed to change the way that people respond to stressful situations by changing the way they think and feel. For instance, when people are confronted with a stressful situation, rather than fighting back or ignoring the stressor, they usually try to avoid it or ignore it until the situation no longer poses a threat and they can handle it more effectively.


Family Therapy Plus (FTP)


Another advanced specialty mental health care methods include Family Therapy Plus (FTP), which are developed to deal with severe mental health problems in developed countries, and Developmental Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. In developed countries, family therapists often treat parents, brothers, and sisters differently due to cultural differences and pressures from the family. The family therapists try to understand the conflicts going on between siblings and cousins, and develop effective communication skills to solve sibling conflicts. FTP, on the other hand, is a method that diagnoses a particular emotional, neurological or behavioral issue, and uses techniques like neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to treat it. This technique was developed by Tony Buzan in the 1970s.


Multi-systemic therapy and coordinated services


The primary goal of most health care delivery methods is to improve quality of life through prevention, detection, treatment, and follow-up. Multi-systemic therapy and coordinated services are used for severe mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, psychosis, and anxiety disorders. Since the focus is to prevent disorders from recurring, collaboration and coordination of primary care, psychiatric, medical, home health, and social services are required.


specialized care delivery


All these strategies for integrated medicine address the needs of persons living in communities. They incorporate the essence of general practice, primary care, preventive care, and specialized care delivery. Although expensive at first, integrated mental health care delivery provides better quality of life and reduced healthcare costs for persons affected by serious mental health conditions.

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