Treatments for mental health illnesses have always been an intricate territory in the medical landscape and still after so many years of research there’s a lot to be explored and understood. What works for one person in their treatment program might not essentially work for the other.

To tackle the ineffectiveness of medication in therapies and the treatment programs at psychiatric hospitals, a new approach, called holistic mode of treatment, has been initiated. Named as Hearing Voices, (not the ones that Randy Orton does) the approach focuses on understanding the ailment by creating an open dialogue for healthy and constructive conversation regarding how to go about helping the mentally ill person. Dr Chris Gordon, director of a holistic program ‘Open Dialogue’, calls it ‘a collaborative pathway to recovery and a paradigm shift in care’. This could also become a source of respite for people who do not want to be medicated since the program doesn’t reject medical treatment. It does, however, aim to lower the dosage of the medications administered.

A feasibility study on ‘Open Dialogue’ was published in 2016 that wanted to observe how this holistic program would adapt in the health care environment of USA. The results showed that 9out of 14 men, who joined the one-year holistic program after leaving the psychiatric care, were still a functioning part of the society. These men were either working or studying, with 4 performing well even without medication. The research, while a pilot study, shows promising outcomes.

Such holistic centers are still trying to adjust and thrive in a market dominated by psychiatric and medical help for mental health sufferers. The success in this treatment lies in a collaborative effort by both approaches: where the support of medical community would give credence to their work while offering a healthy alternative to those on whom mainstream treatments are ineffective.