Alternative Treatments For Mental Health

Alternative Treatments For Mental Health

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Sadly, depression and anxiety are now running rampant in America. There could be a wide variety of reasons for this, but essentially, we live in an ever-changing world that expects us to be at the top of our game 24/7, we put in my hours at work and then rush home to look after our families and it can all get to be a bit too much. Not everyone responds to typical treatments, like medication in the same way and finding the right medication for those who need it can be a long and painful process.

 

For those who don’t need medication or are resistant to try a prescription, there are alternative treatments available. Some of these can be used instead of medications, while others work with medication to improve treatment. Whatever you decide, it’s important that you make the decision under the care of a medical professional.

Alternative
Treatments

 

  • Relaxation
    Techniques –
    there is a wide variety of relaxation techniques,
    which provide short-term relief from symptoms of anxiety, including deep
    breathing and hobbies.

 

  • Yoga – yoga is one of
    the most popular alternative treatment methods and what makes it different
    from the others is that it combines meditation with breathing exercises and
    physical movements that stretch and tone the body. It is a wonderful
    way to relieve the symptoms of both anxiety and depression.

 

  • Meditation – there is
    evidence that medication can help relieve the symptoms of both depression
    and anxiety.

 

  • Acupuncture – this ancient
    technique is generally used to relieve pain, however, there is some
    evidence that it’s also effective in treating anxiety disorders.

 

Natural
Alternatives

 

Alternative
mental health treatments cover more than just physical solutions; there are
plenty of other natural alternatives you can try. Certain vitamins and minerals
have become popular ways to reduce the symptoms of mental health issues.

 

  • Omega 3 Fatty
    Acids –
    they’re known for being good for your brain and
    as such, there have been studies, which indicate omega 3 fatty acids can
    play an important role in managing mental health issues. There are plenty
    of supplements available, but you can get yours naturally if you eat
    plenty of fatty fish and nuts.

 

  • Folate – your body needs
    vitamin B9 (just another name for folate) and people who struggle with
    mental health issues are often found to have deficiencies of this vitamin.
    Therefore, a folate supplement may just help you manage your mental
    health. In fact, the FDA has approved deplin (a form of folate) as an
    acceptable course of treatment for both schizophrenia and depression. It’s
    not considered a primary treatment course, rather a supplemental or
    complementary treatment method.

 

  • Foods – certain foods are
    designed to help treat certain health conditions. These foods are made
    without (or with) specific ingredients. A good example would be how
    gluten-free foods are made to allow those with Celiac disease the
    opportunity to eat foods that would normally make them sick. There are
    medical foods available for mental health issues.

 

Equine
Therapy

 

We know
that pets can help reduce anxiety, but equine therapy has grown popular in that
it provides patients with the opportunity to learn about caring for, grooming, and
riding horses. There are licensed programs across the US and they are
operated by mental health professionals.

 

Again,
you shouldn’t embark on any of these treatment courses without first consulting
your doctor. It’s important that they be aware of what solutions you are trying
and that you don’t change your medications (or stop taking them) without first
speaking to them. This isn’t just an issue that could affect your mental
health, but also your physical health. Coming off anti-depressants is a gradual
process and going cold turkey could result in severe side effects. 

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