Condition Spotlight

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.

How to Get Counseling

Counseling Counseling is a talking therapy in which a trained therapist listens to you and helps you find ways to deal with mental and emotional issues in your life. It can be daunting to find Read More

Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades

You have written many books, what inspired you to write “Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades”? Based on the world’s largest brain imaging database, we now know that success or failure at school—and in every Read More

Tips for Reducing Stress

You’ve had a bad day at work, the same as every other day in the week, you need to put food on the table, and the kids are screaming again. Everything in life seems to Read More

How Do You Find a Therapist Anyway?

There are so many things that can make you anxious nowadays. For starters, even reading too much bad news can literally make you distressed. Work can also be a major source of depression and anxiety; Read More

What You Need to Know About Concussions

While millions of people recently watched, rapt, the annual Super Bowl in America, in households around the country parents are becoming increasingly worried about how often their football-playing children are suffering from knocks to the Read More

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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.