Dr. Shannon explains how you can advocate for a natural approach to treating your child’s psychological disorder.
So the first thing I would say, if possible, you can try to find an integrative or holistic psychiatrist. Unfortunately there’s not very many around the country.
So the next step might be to find a holistic or integrative physician who could work with your child, perhaps a naturopath, someone that’s really experienced with nutrition and more natural approaches to treating illness.
The University of Arizona has trained a large number of integrative physicians and they have a Web site through the University of Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine.
So I think there’s many options for parents out there and if you have a strong preference for natural approaches there are some very good options and I think we have a wide variety of tools to help your child.
About Dr. Scott Shannon, M.D.:
Dr. Scott Shannon, M.D., graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Following a psychiatric internship he worked for four years in rural Arizona as a general practitioner. Dr. Shannon then completed a psychiatric residency at a Columbia program in New York. After his child psychiatry fellowship at the University of New Mexico he moved to Colorado. His practice includes a wide variety of approaches including herbs, supplements, medications, nutrition, and acupuncture. Dr. Shannon served as the Principle Investigator on a recent research grant exploring the value of acupuncture in the nausea of chemotherapy.