Holistic Anxiety Treatment?
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According to Gordon (1990) holistic medicine offers
insights and techniques which can significantly enlarge and enrich mental health practice. This approach,
which recognizes the uniqueness of each patient, the centrality of the therapeutic partnership, and the
primacy of self-care, regards the spiritual dimension as a vital enlargement of the biopsychosocial
from anxiety, panic attacks, and agoraphobia is something in which you should consider within the
context of holistic anxiety treatment. I want to break down the components using the above
excerpt I began with.
Uniqueness of the whole patient
I came across a
quote featured on the website of the Institute of health at the Texas Medical Center. It's from Thomas Moore:
You see a
patient lying on a hospital bed and think all the illness is on the bed. But, if you could crawl into his head you would find concerns about the
family, the house, the neighborhood, work, the car, and perhaps even international politics. They are not only a big part of the patient's experience; they may be at
least partly the cause of his sickness.
is this relevant?
those suffering from anxiety have not considered many of the factors in their life. If you did, you would probably discover some factors that can be dealt with to
alleviate your anxiety. At times there are factors in your life
that are not apparent. A great way to tackle this portion is with
the Hidden Emotion Model. Click here for a link that opens in a new window to see more information. You will not lose your place.
to be proactive in your approach to panic attacks. This is because being an active director of your own
life is not only very empowering but a requirement. Click here for more information.
spiritual dimension as a vital enlargement of the biopsychosocial model
Smith (2002), it is important to consider "the psychosocial dimensions (personal, emotional, family, community)
in addition to the biological aspects (diseases) of all patients. By integrating these multiple, interacting
components of the subject of our science—the patient—we also become more humanistic"
spirituality means to you, it is important to integrate it into your holistic anxiety
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