The “BioPsychoSocialSpiritual” Model of Mental Health


Andrew Weil writes about the history of the biomedical model, the rise of neurotransmitter-based theories of psychology, the proliferation of both mental health professionals and depression, and proposes an integrative approach to mental health that expands to include “biopsychosocialspiritual” perspectives.

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We Have Happy Pills, Anxiety Drugs, and Therapists Galore: So Why Are We More Stressed and Depressed Than Ever?

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. “We Have Happy Pills, Anxiety Drugs, and Therapists Galore: So Why Are We More Stressed and Depressed Than Ever?”

    Because psychiatry with it’s DSM bible is the anti-christ.

    666 means “sickness and sex sells”.

    “The antichrist will seemingly provide for the needs of the people but deny them ultimate salvation.”

    Current sensational wave this summer: RFID chip, “mark of the beast”. YouTube people are posting *abundant* videos. That’s what’s going on in the mind of the masses.

    What ever are they thinking? How did they get this stuff into their heads? Do they all have mental illness or are they firmly grounded in reality? (beep).

    Are they terrified? What sort of mental, emotional and behavioral conditions, ills and ails do you suffer from being terrorized? Does it make sense yet?

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