Schizophrenia is a highly variable, multifactorial mental disorder producing a spectrum of symptoms ranging from odd but harmless behavioral abnormalities to full psychosis. The concept of biochemical individuality is therefore of particular importance within integrative approaches to treatment of this unique illness. This five-module course incorporates the theories of orthomolecular medicine into nutritional psychiatry, presenting decades of supportive research evidence. In addition to vitamin deficiencies, multiple contributors to inflammation are implicated in the etiology of schizophrenia and addressed in a comprehensive, integrative treatment plan for use in clinical practice.
This beginner-intermediate level course is intended for psychiatrists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
1-Assess the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and psychosis
2- Discuss the history of orthomolecular medicine and the orthomolecular treatment of schizophrenia
3- Identify the most common nutrient deficiencies in schizophrenic patients
4- Explain the role of inflammation on neurotransmitter synthesis
Schizophrenia in Perspective
Schizophrenia Course Manual 1
Schizophrenia Course Module 1 - In Perspective
Schizophrenia Course Manual 2
Schizophrenia Course Module 2 - Orthomolecular History
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 currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and serves as 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 has been a leading contributor to the revolution of patients and families seeking individualized care and offers evidence-based approaches toward nuanced and integrative recovery.
In April of 2017, Dr. Greenblatt was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame by the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, which has recognized significant contributors to science and medicine who operate from the perspective of biochemical individuality and nutrition-based therapies since 2004. Dr. Greenblatt shares this honor with recognized founders in the field of integrative medicine, beginning with the pioneers of nutritional psychiatry Abram Hoffer, Linus Pauling, and Roger Williams.
His book series, Psychiatry Redefined, draws on his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine for psychiatry. Dr. Greenblatt’s knowledge in the areas of biology, genetics, psychology, and nutrition as they interact in the treatment of mental illness has made him a highly sought-after speaker at national and international conferences and workshops. He currently offers online courses for professionals as well as specialized fellowship programs in the functional medicine approaches to integrative psychiatry.