Episode 20

Depression and Trauma: Looking Beyond Medications

With Dr. Omid Naim

Trauma comes in several forms and may be felt and held deeply in many different parts of the body. Whether it’s trauma experienced in childhood or a shock to the system from a car accident or act of violence, integrative psychiatrist Dr. Omid Naim, tells us “We can completely recover from trauma.” Did you hear that? We have hope.

Today, host of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru, sits down with Dr. Naim from Hope Integrative Psychiatry and La Maida Institute in Los Angeles, CA to discuss many topics that penetrate us to our cores. They discuss the nature of community and why it’s important, including how Dr. Naim has ditched his car and has become comfortable asking for rides from time to time.

They also dig into the controversial topic of treating depression by using a variety of modalities—and digging into the root cause of the depression—rather than using medications alone or as the only option.

I know you’ll love all the educational information from this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.

PS – Learn more about Dr. Omid Naim and his practice Hope Integrative Psychiatry. You can also sign up for his newsletter Rhythms of Nature at La Maida Institute (scroll to bottom of page to sign up).

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The importance of community and social connection
  2. Sharing rides in a city that drives
  3. What is integrative psychiatry?
  4. A woman’s story of depression
  5. The challenge of starting with meds first
  6. Digging in to find the root of the problem
  7. Dr. Omid’s approach with his patients
  8. Integrative medicine is not the standard of care
  9. The types of trauma
  10. Tools to help release trauma
  11. Daily routines that create new patterns
  12. How can we connect with others in community
  13. Where can I find Dr. Naim online?


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

Dr. Omid Naim

As a Western trained psychiatrist,Dr. Omid had the desire to create a more holistic, spiritual and community-based approaches to health care seeing the limitations of the current model.

Dr. Omid completed Adult and Child Psychiatry residency at the University of California San Francisco and went on to work in community psychiatry with the most high-risk and severely ill youth in the county coming out of foster care. Drawing on the emerging field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, he lead in the establishment of new integrative models of psychotherapy in his clinic, focusing on healing trauma through mind-body therapies and programs that promote resilience within individuals, families and the larger community.

For this work in that at risk community he received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Dr. Omid continued his interests in Integrative Medicine as a Bravewell Scholar at the University of Arizona, under Dr. Andrew Weil.

At his clinic in Los Angeles Hope Integrative Psychiatry, Dr. Omid has designed a complete recovery model that focuses on skill building, lifestyle change and healing trauma to promote resilience and personal transformation.

Additionally Dr. Omid is the founder of La Maida Institute – one-part integrative mental health clinic, one-part meditation and movement studio, and one-part community gathering space. La Maida is a lab to explore and dynamically refine innovative integrative practices to usher in a new paradigm for preventive mental health. By showing communal and spiritual healing models can have better outcomes with chronic lifestyle related conditions, we are researching and standardizing practices for a preventive health care model.

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