Dr. James Greenblatt: The Adolescent Mental Health Crisis and What To Do About It. IMMH 2023

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May 11th, 2024
Dr. James Greenblatt

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Awareness Is Not Enough: Reflections on The Staggering Statistics for Adolescent Mental Health: Dr James Greenblatt’s extract from IMMH Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference 2023. Dr. Greenblatt will be speaking at IMMH 2024: www.immh.org about Suicide Prevention Redefined: The Tragic Consequences of Ignoring Functional Medicine so come join us at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort in Washington, DC 10-13th October 2024 to hear him and our other fantastic speakers on the latest scientific research and best clinical practice around integrative mental health and functional medicine psychiatry. In this moving and important extract from child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Greenblatt’s presentation for the IMMH Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference 2023, Dr. Greenblatt, a pioneer in the field of integrative and functional medicine psychiatry with over 35 years of clinical experience, gives us the hard truth around the staggering statistics and crisis in adolescent mental health, the failure of current treatment models and the importance of taking an integrative and functional medicine approach which diagnose and treat the root cause and the individual biochemistry of patients to bring about sustainable healing. In this extract from IMMH 2023, he delves into the critical role of nutritional lithium in mental health, particularly focusing on the concept of lithium deficiency syndrome in children and adolescents, making a compelling argument about how low-dose lithium, a simple but often overlooked micronutrient, is essential for brain health and can significantly influence behaviours related to ADHD, autism, irritability, bipolar disorder, and aggression. In this presentation learn about: – The failure of current mental health treatment and the epidemic of mental health issues and suicidality in children and adolescents; – The correlation between aggression against self (suicide) and others (violent criminals) and low lithium levels; – Lithium as the anti-impulsive nutrient for ADHD, bipolar, aggression and road rage; – Lithium and other nutritional supplements as part of a more effective and sustainable treatment alongside, or even instead of conventional psychiatric treatments, allowing for the reduction of psychiatric medication such as antipsychotics, mood stabilisers and tranquillisers; – The clinical and research-based evidence supporting the use of low-dose lithium in treating and possibly preventing a range of psychiatric disorders such as autism, suicidality, irritability, bipolar 2, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, aggression, etc.; – Low dose micronutrient lithium and lithium carbonate both as anti-suicidality molecule according to 50 years of research; – The relationship between elemental lithium and lithium carbonate (used in conventional bipolar treatment); – Understanding functional Lithium Deficiency Syndrome due to genetics (which can be tested) and nutritional status; – Understanding who will be the most responsive to lithium supplementation, and how to test for lithium deficiency including hair mineral analysis, symptoms and family history; – Lithium’s effect on neurotransmitters including decreasing glutamate and dopamine which are excitatory, and increasing serotonin and gaba, which are inhibitory; – Lithium’s positive effects on inflammation, oxidative stress, and microglial activation ; – Best doses for nutritional lithium, side effects and best sources; – The effects of lithium on neurodegeneration and its role in dementia care. Find out more about IMMH and book your tickets for the IMMH 2024 conference: www.immh.org

About Dr. James Greenblatt

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James Greenblatt, MD

A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Greenblatt has served as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA for nearly 20 years, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine.

An acknowledged integrative medicine expert, educator, and author, Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. Through three decades of practice and research, Dr. Greenblatt is a leading contributor to helping physicians and patients understand the role of personalized medicine for mental illness.

He is the author of eight books, including the best-seller, Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD. His updated edition of Answers to Anorexia was released in October 2021 and his newest book, Functional & Integrative Medicine for Antidepressant Withdrawal is available now.

Dr. Greenblatt is the founder of Psychiatry Redefined, an educational platform dedicated to the personalized, evidence-based treatment of mental health. Psychiatry Redefined offers continuing online education, CME-approved courses, and webinars, and boasts the most comprehensive and scientifically-based professional fellowship for mental health providers, The Psychiatry Redefined Fellowship in Functional & Integrative Psychiatry.

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