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.
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
Do you know that lack of a good night’s rest often results in one becoming irritable and cranky the following morning? Improper sleep often messes up one’s mood much than one would have anticipated. There’s Read More
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In the first research of its kind, a new University of California, Davis, study suggests that for the most part, people formulate life goals consistent with their personality traits — and an individual’s goals are Read More
Stress is natural. It was designed to alert us in dangerous or difficult situations, so that we can react accordingly. However, in today’s society, the stress level has become so high, that mixed with anxiety, Read More
For most of us, living at a frenetic pace and the resulting lack of clarity are facts of life, most of us have to deal with stress. Whether its a crazy schedule, wrecked routine, blown Read More
Every person should take a day off to revive their mental health. Taking off from work reboots your mind and gives a boost to your energy. Many people often start feeling demotivated because they get Read More
In these modern times, depression and its feelings of hopelessness is more common than ever. What with uncertain economic times, the rise of divorce and life’s stressors, feeling discouraged is almost part of the day-to-day. Read More
Sitting too much is linked to changes in a section of the brain that is critical for memory, according to a preliminary study by UCLA researchers of middle-aged and older adults. This trend seems to Read More
The world can be a terrifying place at times, and we’ve all been reminded of that in 2020. It’s been a hard year so far, and it’s tested the coping mechanisms of even the hardiest 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.