Integrative Medicine is the healing-oriented and patient-centered practice of medicine that focuses on the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), drawing on both the appropriate use of conventional and complementary and alternative medicine methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response. This medical approach and philosophy emphasizes wellness and healing of the entire person (bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions) as primary goals and considers all internal (mind, body, spirit) and external (physical and social environmental) factors that influence health, wellness and disease.
Integrative and Holistic Medicine uses the broader concepts of promotion of health and prevention of illness, as well as the treatment of disease. Dr. Shadid uses an integrative and science-based healthcare approach for treatment of psychiatric symptoms and integrates the best medical practices of laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques, prescribed combinations of medications and/or botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic or anti-inflammatory diets, and lifestyle medicine with stress-management techniques.
Dr. Shadid evaluates and treats adolescent and adult patients from the ages of 18-65 years of age. Below is a list psychiatric disorders that Dr. Shadid evaluates and treats in her integrative psychiatry practice, and includes most Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Attentive and Cognitive Disorders, Personality and Behavioral Disorders. Dr. Shadid practices Functional Medicine and evaluates and treats mental health symptoms associated with Hormone Dysregulation, Autoimmune Dysfunction, and Nutritional Deficiencies.
Anxiety and Panic Disorders
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Attentive and Cognitive Disorders
Neuroendocrinology - Mental Health Symptoms due to Hormone Dysregulation (Adrenal Insufficiency, Hypothyroidism, etc)
Neuroimmunology - Mental Health Symptoms due to Autoimmune Dysfunction (Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc)
Nutritional Psychiatry - Mental Health Symptoms due to Nutritional Deficiencies (Folate, Vitamin B12, Essential Fatty Acids, etc)
Dr. Shadid does not specialize in nor treat Psychotic Disorders, Chemical Dependence/Substance Abuse Disorders, and does not provide disability evaluations nor psychiatric services for court/legal purposes. Dr. Shadid will refer a patient to a more appropriate provider if these types of evaluations or paperwork are requested and needed.
Dr. Shadid is passionate about assuring the patient understands 1) the potential benefits and potential risks of any psychiatric medications she prescribes and 2) how to take these medications appropriately. Dr. Shadid will always have a thorough discussion about the potential benefits, side effects and/or adverse effects of a medication, and will provide a medication handout to supplement this information. Dr. Shadid will evaluate and discuss with you how these psychiatric medications could potentially interact with other medications or supplements you are taking, or potential effects on co-occurring medical conditions. Dr. Shadid uses The Genecept Assay by Genomind and/or Neurotransmitter Testing by ZRT Laboratories to minimize the typical trial and error approach of prescribing psychiatric medication to patients.
The Genecept Assay is a genetic test designed to help clinicians optimize medication treatment decisions and choose medications more likely to be safe and effective for a patient based on their particular pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic genes. The Genecept Assay identifies variations in 18 key mental health genes relevant to psychiatric medication treatments, assesses gene-drug interactions and the effects of certain environmental factors on drug metabolism, and thus indicates which type of psychiatric medication therapies are more likely to have a better response and not result in unwanted side effects. The Genecept Assay covers a wide range of psychiatric symptoms and disorders, including Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Autism, Schizophrenia, Chronic Pain and Substance Abuse. This test is quick and easily performed by simple cheek swab in doctor's office, and can be covered under many insurance providers.
The Neurotransmitter Test is a urine test designed to measure the levels of fourteen inhibitory or excitatory neurotransmitters, such as Serotonin, Dopamine, Norephinephrine, and Glutamate. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the nervous system to relay information from one nerve to another, and optimal neurotransmitter balance is required to maintain proper mental health. Imbalances in neurotransmitters can cause the brain and body to be over- or under-stimulated, producing neurological or psychological symptoms. Testing neurotransmitter levels in patients with a suspected neurochemical imbalance can help assess individual biochemistry and get to the root of persistent psychiatric symptoms. This testing is optimal for evaluation of psychiatric symptoms and should be considered for any patient that suffers with: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Impulsive Behaviors, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Insomnia, Panic Disorder, Addictive Disorders.
As part of her Integrative and Holistic Psychiatry practice, Dr. Shadid offers individual psychotherapy services to all of her patients. Dr. Shadid believes psychotherapy is such an important part of the treatment plan and will discuss with patients the most appropriate and/or effective type of psychotherapy that a patient may need or benefit from. Dr. Shadid always provides a psychotherapist referral list to any patient if they are interested or needs psychotherapy, but cannot come to Dr. Shadid for these services. She does not provide couples counseling or family therapy services but can provide a referral for these types of therapy.
Dr. Shadid is trained in multiple types of psychotherapies which include:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Hakomi Body-Centered Therapy
Behavioral Activation Therapy
Dr. Shadid has additional training and certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine and Functional Medicine and provides education and recommendations to her patients in:
Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques
Breathing and Postural Techniques
Immune and Inflammatory Regulation
Lifestyle and Behavioral Modification
Stress Management Education