One of the most important principles for functional medicine is the individual’s personhood. Each patient is a unique individual with their own genetic makeup and history, and their treatment should be tailored to them as a person rather than focused solely on treating the disease.
To increase accessibility to healthcare for veterans, it is important to first increase the number of providers available. Ensuring that each professional is highly trained in mental health will also help alleviate some concerns with trust or confidence in mental health treatment that many veterans and active soldiers have.
Increasing the availability of and accessibility to complementary and alternative medicine and a functional approach to healthcare provide a greater opportunity for holistic and personalized treatment for mental health disorders. With as many as five hundred thousand soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and similar disorders between 2003 and 2016, complementary and alternative medicine offers innovative ways outside conventional medicine and pharmaceutical treatment. However, such methods may also be helpful—especially when combined with CAM procedures and services.