S2E5: Integrative Psychiatry, Eating Disorders, and Suicide Prevention with James Greenblatt, MD

Updated: Jan 19

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This episode is with James Greenblatt, MD. Dr. Greenblatt has been a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine for over 30 years, treating patients with complex behavioral and mood disorders since 1990.

Early in his career, Dr. Greenblatt noticed the current treatment model in psychiatry relied solely upon symptom-based recommendations for medication with little consideration for the biochemical individuality or the underlying biological mechanisms.

Dr. Greenblatt’s expertise in integrative medicine attracts patients from all across the world seeking consultations for complex mood, behavioral, and eating disorders.

Dr. Greenblatt has published multiple books, sharing his clinical experience treating complex mood and eating disorders utilizing an integrative approach. You can find links to his books, talks, and many other educational resources on his website.

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.

During this conversation between Virgil and Dr. Greenblatt, three main topics come up:

  • First, Dr. Greenblatt orients us to the world of integrative medicine and, more specifically, integrative psychiatry.

  • Secondly, Dr. Greenblatt shares his expertise around integrative treatments for eating disorders. He speaks to us about why the risk of suicide is so much greater among individuals struggling for eating disorders.

  • And lastly, Dr. Greenblat shares with us a model for suicide prevention that he has developed.


Disclaimer: As a therapeutic consultant, Virgil advises, advocates, recommends, facilitates and empowers, but he does not treat mental illness or addiction. While offering 30+ years of mental health experience, he is not a licensed mental health professional, but will often refer clients to professionals and programs for treatment. 


Note: Virgil has no financial relationship with any of these programs, except for Houston Methodist Hospital and McLean Hospital for whom he has been a consultant. Any consultation he gives is for educational, informational and motivational purposes only and is not meant to replace professional psychiatric, psychological, programmatic, legal or financial advice the client may need for him or herself or their family member from a licensed professional. 

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