At Crownview Psychiatric Institute, we believe that effective treatment for people with complex mental health concerns requires an integrative, multifaceted approach that addresses the full scope of each client’s unique needs.
The integrative element of this approach refers to the fact that we employ methodologies and techniques from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic schools to best serve the adults who are entrusted to our care.
Complex mental illnesses can affect all aspects of a person’s life, including their physical health, psychological well-being, and socioeconomic stability. To properly care for adults whose lives have been disrupted in this manner, we offer integrative, holistic services that are customized for each person.
In addition to traditional psychotherapy, medication, education, and social support, our programming also includes a variety of optional adjunct services. For certain clients, integrating one or more of the services described below into their personalized treatment plan may yield significant benefits.
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. The procedure is sometimes also referred to as rTMS, or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.
TMS therapy is a noninvasive service that uses brief electromagnetic pulses to improve brain functioning. During a TMS session, the client is seated in a comfortable chair while a small magnetic coil is placed on their scalp. This coil directs painless magnetic pulses toward specified areas of the client’s brain.
TMS therapy was first developed in the mid-1980s. In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved TMS for people who have treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. Five years later, the FDA expanded the approved uses of TMS devices to include treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
A May 2019 article in the journal Cureus reported that TMS therapy for depression led to “significant antidepressant effects with remission rates four-fold higher than placebo.” This same article noted that a literature review found that more than half of all people who receive TMS therapy for major depression respond to the treatment, with 30%-35% achieving remission from their symptoms.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that is used in medical procedures on both humans and animals. The drug is also sometimes abused for recreational purposes.
Clinicians first explored the potential mental health benefits of ketamine in the 1960s, but these efforts were quickly abandoned. Studies into ketamine’s usefulness in depression treatment were relaunched in the 1990s. Over the past two decades, considerable research has documented ketamine’s effectiveness at helping people who have developed major depressive disorder.
In December 2021, the British journal BJ Psych Open published a review of 83 reports on ketamine treatment for mental illnesses and substance use disorders. According to this review, research suggests that ketamine therapy may be helpful for people who have depression, various anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal ideation.
At Crownview Psychiatric Institute, we offer two adjunct services that involve ketamine: IV ketamine and Spravato treatment.
Stellate Ganglion Block
Stellate ganglion block (SGB) is a minor medical procedure that has proved to be effective at helping people who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related mental health concerns. During an SGB session, the client receives an injection of local anesthetic in the side of the neck, near the voice box.
SGB has been used for more than a century to treat people for certain types of chronic pain or neuralgia. In the 1990s, mental health researchers began to investigate the ability of SGB to ease trauma symptoms. Experts believe that SGB is effective for treating trauma because it blocks the functioning of a set of interconnected nerves that are associated with the body’s “fight or flight” automatic response.
A June 2021 report in the Journal of Investigative Medicine touted the benefits of stellate ganglion block for trauma-related disorders.
According to the authors of this report, 95% of surveyed behavioral health professionals who had incorporated SGB into trauma therapy said they would recommend this service to their colleagues.
“The SGB procedure serves as an invaluable adjunct to trauma-focused psychotherapy primarily through targeting dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system,” the authors wrote.
NAD IV Therapy
This service provides clients with intravenous infusions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). Also sometimes referred to as NAD+ or NADH, NAD is a valuable coenzyme that plays an essential role in several physical and mental functions. In terms of mental health, NAD has been linked with mood, memory, clarity, and focus. Deficient NAD levels may increase a person’s risk for mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.
NAD is naturally produced by the human body. It can also be acquired via certain foods and supplements. But when a person tries to boost their NAD levels through what they eat, their body can only absorb a percentage of the nutrients they take in. During NAD IV sessions, this critical coenzyme is delivered directly to the bloodstream, where it can be of maximum benefit.
When a person receives a NAD IV infusion, this may trigger their body to increase production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Elevated levels of these neurotransmitters can lead to positive outcomes including improved energy and motivation, along with an easing of anxiety and depression.
CPI clients may receive vitamin infusions to help ease symptoms of anxiety or depression and achieve other mental health goals.
Several reputable sources have reported a connection between vitamin deficiencies and mental illnesses. Many vitamins, including B6 and B12, are vital for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine. Insufficient levels of these neurotransmitters can increase a person’s risk for developing depression and anxiety. Vitamin infusions can help boost the presence of these important brain chemicals in a person’s system.
Vitamin infusions may also be beneficial for people who have other types of mental health challenges. For example, in February 2017, the journal Psychological Medicine published a review of research into vitamin supplementation for schizophrenia. The team that conducted this study reported that “vitamin B supplementation (including B6, B8 and B12) reduced psychiatric symptoms significantly more than control conditions.”
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For more information about integrative therapies, adjunct services, or any other aspect of treatment a Crownview Psychiatric Institute, please contact us directly at your convenience. If you believe that someone in your life can benefit from our dynamic approach to treatment, we may be able to begin the assessment process during your first phone call.