Recent evidence suggests that depression, anxiety, antisocial behavior, learning disorders, or schizophrenia can be caused by biochemical imbalances, toxins, allergies, food sensitivities, and other environmental factors. Advances in nutritional therapy, orthomolecular medicine, mind/body medicine, environmental medicine, and other alternative therapies now offer many solutions to the treatment of mental disorders.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 30% of Americans suffer from some type of mental disorder severe enough to require psychiatric treatment.1 Incidences of depression and suicide are also rapidly increasing, especially among children and adolescents.
Mental health used to be a taboo subject that people were too afraid or ashamed to speak about, even among friends and family. Luckily, today it’s spoken about much more openly. Those who suffer from Read More
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Getting good quality sleep, exercising, and eating more raw fruits and vegetables predicts better mental health and well-being in young adults, a University of Otago study has found. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, surveyed Read More
Complementary and alternative therapies are health-related therapies that are not part of mainstream medical care. They are thought to increase wellbeing, aid relaxation, and promote good mental health.
You can use complementary and alternative therapies for different mental health needs and symptoms. There is more research into some complementary and alternative therapies than others. This means that there is more evidence that some work than there is for others.
While many physical conditions and disorders have been shown to cause psychological stress, studies have also found that psychological stress can likewise contribute to physical illness. The central nervous system, the endocrine system, and the immune system all respond to psychological stress. Depressed immune function is associated with many kinds of stress including bereavement, divorce, job loss, examinations, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and sleep deprivation. Up to 80% of health problems in the U.S. are considered stress-related. In large-scale studies conducted in 1967, those who became seriously ill reported having more stressful life events than those who were well.
Multiple daily stress has been shown to undermine health. When the body systems are overstimulated by stress, illness is likely to occur and cardiac disease may set in. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness increase digestive problems and cancer growth. Fear, anxiety, and stress can also interfere with healing, compromise the immune system, and encourage cardiovascular disease.
Not all complementary and alternative therapies are regulated. It is important to make sure the therapist you choose is qualified.