Common Mental Health Issues of Children

Common Mental Health Issues of Children

Tragically, in this day and age, more and more children are afflicted with serious mental health issues. In the United States alone, nearly 5 million children are suffering from a mental health disease. It is also expected in the near future that almost 20% of children in the US will have one form of mental disease. The seriousness of this situation becomes even more severe when one realizes that mental health issues can come at any place at any time. This is the reason why it is absolutely important to diagnose whether or not one’s child has a mental disease, since this will make it easier for the doctors and psychotherapists to find effective treatments for the sickness. On the other hand, diagnosing mental health illnesses can be difficult, which is why it is crucial that one knows the many symptoms of the most common mental health issues of children. WebMD, a very well respected online community and authority on health related issues, have a great article that you should check out.

Mental Illness in Children

The most widespread mental illness for children is attention deficit hyper-activity disorder or ADHD for short. One Child Playing with Toy Carsof the more visible symptoms of this mental health issue is the child’s lack of focus. ADHD is characterized by an inability to pay attention, follow directions, or concentrate. The child’s mental capacity is thus severely compromised. One usually sees children afflicted with ADHD staring at nothing for hours on end, usually succumbing to boredom. There are prescribed medications to battle ADHD. However doctors still believe that the best treatment is for parents to force the child to engage in more mental activities in order to increase and optimize their mental capacity.

 Observe Your Children Closely

One of the many ways parents can check if their child has a mental illness is to see how the child functions in their environment. Whether at home, in school, with family or friends, if there is something particularly strange and damaging about a child’s behavior in those situations, then there is a chance that the child has a mental illness. This is one of the surefire ways to identify if a child has a Disruptive Behavior Disorder. This disorder is characterized by the child’s insistence on defying rules and regulations set by authorities. This makes the child extremely hard to discipline, since the child’s disobedience is not willed but caused by a sickness. Doctors say that psychotherapy sessions are still the best way to treat Disruptive Behavior Disorder.

Remember to look up online about all the kinds of issues and behaviours that you are noticing. One article, which can be found here, is a good place to also read up about what you are seeing and what the behaviour means.

If a child is usually afraid in whatever kind of situation, then there is a big possibility that the child is afflicted with an Anxiety Disorder. This happens whenever a child internalizes so much fear and dread that he/she is unable to perform any specific action. One of the symptoms of Anxiety Disorder that can easily be spotted is the child’s unwillingness to leave his/her own room or home. In order to combat the fear caused by Anxiety Disorder, doctors have prescribed a variety of medications and treatments. But, like Disruptive Behavior Disorder, psychotherapy is a surefire solution. As long as these mental health illnesses are diagnosed early in the child’s life, then there is a better chance that these mental health issues will be gone when the child is grown up. 

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How To Improve Your Mood

How To Improve Your Mood

For many people around the globe, the way to improving overall mood is two-fold. One part is to physically make changes, and the other part involves trying to change some thinking patterns. Instead of looking for short term fixes such as sugary snacks or alcohol, these people understand that quite a battle may ensue, as changes are made- not all of which are easy to keep- which are aimed to help make improvements contributing to an overall better state of well being. Starting at the very start, let us look at some of the first things which should be done.

State Of Mind

One of the first things to do, if not the very first, is to identify the problems with your mood (be it stress, anxiety, or negativity and mood swings) which you wish to change. Think about the things which stress you to remind yourself why you want to change, and get up enough of an impulse to commit to making the change. It may be the case that you have thought about this for a while – which most people tend to do – this should make it a little easier. Remind yourself of your overall aim, and all the benefits it will bring. The single most important thing in this stage is to be positive. This attitude will work its way into all that you do, benefiting you enormously. Other ways to think to help this way of thinking include:

  • Looking on the bright side of things, and trying to find humor in normally stressful situations can have a big impact on your levels of stress. Next time something happens that would normally cause stress, try it; look on the bright side, and crack a joke. Monitor your stress levels soon after and you should feel a difference.
  • Don’t blame yourself. Feelings of guilt and inadequacy can lead to depressive thoughts. Be positive. Managing your thoughts and putting on a positive spin will help a great deal.
  • Get a good night’s sleep to help you through the following day without feeling tired or irritable.

Understanding which negative thinking patterns you have is a critical part to modifying them. If you can’t see them, you can’t change them. Make a note of how you feel in certain stressful situations to help to identify patterns in your thinking. From there you should be able to identify the negative ones, and start to replace them with a more positive way of reacting to the situation if it arises again in the future. Remember to be positive, and congratulate yourself on finding any traits that need changed. A real feeling of understanding and expectation may now set in, as you start to see and make real changes and some degree of progress.

State Of Body

While you are dealing with the ‘inner self’ aspect of this lifestyle change to improve your mood, the other essential part is more physical. Incorporating a regular exercise regime couple with an improved diet and intake of foods combine to fully balance your body by providing it with enough of the right foods to manufacture and synthesize all the chemicals and substances it needs, while at the same time doing enough physical work to keep everything in good shape and sound working order.

Thousands of people join a gym or something similar to do just that. Others choose to get their exercise through walking a pet and going for example, swimming, a couple of times a week. The important part is actually doing it, as exercise is known to reduce stress, and also to promote feelings of well being. Making small changes at first should still bring noticeable results, and make a note to remind yourself at times when you are lacking motivation. Once a routine is built up, and there is an acceptance and on-going commitment to keep doing do so, it can become a thing to look forward to, a reassuring occurrence in your life. It becomes less of a chore, and all the time your body is benefiting.

Foods To Eat To Improve Moods

Along with the added exercise, making sure you are eating correctly will give you the fuel and energy to stay in a positive frame of mind and keep continuing with the lifestyle changes. Food’s effects on the body should be researched and understood, then applied in small changes to your existing diet. Also knowing what foods to avoid is equally important, so spend some time reading about the effects of things like sugar and saturated fats. Make notes to remind you of their ill effects and remind yourself when you want to reach for them the next time. Instead, consider incorporating some of these foods into your diet:

  • Whole grain food is known for its abilities to reduce and control stress, try adding wholegrain cereal, bread and pasta to your diet.
  • Almond and Brazil nuts. A handful of these to munch on in between meals will boost the levels of production of brain chemicals, ones which are connected to mood. These nuts also contain essential and healthy fats.
  • Plain or dark chocolate has properties which have been observed to increase moods in consumers and the actual smell and look makes us happy. Can be enjoyed without feelings of guilt, as it will be burned off during your new exercise routine.
  • Blueberries contain a mixture of antioxidants that are beneficial to good health as well as good mental health, and should be enjoyed along-side a mix of fresh vegetables and fruit which can be snacked on if hungry.
  • Adding fish to your diet is an excellent way of getting essential fats and acids associated with the brain. Your brain requires a substantial part of your input of food to operate properly, so choosing food rich in these sources is a great idea.

Other foods can be enjoyed in moderation, but keep an eye on sugar and saturated fat contents, and choose a substitute without all the added bits to it. Remember, as you continue to exercise, your body will use up all of these energy sources. Doing the exercises allows you to treat yourself once in a while, a little thing that can be looked forward to.

End Result

When some of these ways of choosing to eat, along with a better quality food and a regular exercise routine and a positive attitude and mind set are put together, it can be enough to change your mood and along with reductions in the feelings of stress and anxiety to much more manageable levels. Giving your body the best platform to work off will help to create a much more stable base best for combating mood changes. Some positive thinking and making changes to negative thinking patterns can help you to achieve this in a slightly easier way, as understanding what is going on will often bring insights from those studying them. All these single elements combine to give you real changes you can make notes of, and help you as you effect change in your lifestyles for the better.

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Suicides and Schizophrenia

Suicides and Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one of the most incapacitating types of mental disorders. It is chronic and can be characterized by a wide range of symptoms like delusions, illogical judgments, hallucinations, loss of contact with reality. In addition to this, there are also high numbers of report that link suicides in schizophrenia, whether attempted or completed.

Schizophrenia Medication

It has been estimated that there have been 20% to 40% attempts of suicides with patients who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. With these statistics, 5% to 13% were completed. If you are to compare these numbers to that of the general public, schizophrenic patients are 8 times more likely to commit acts of suicides.

What’s more difficult is the prevention of such acts. Suicides in schizophrenic patients are impulsively and uncontrollably done as opposed to other people who are sometimes deliberately leave clues to family members and kin.

Risk Factors

Generally, schizophrenic patients are at risk with attempts of suicides, however, further characterizations have also pointed out more defined risk factors. A classic suicidal schizophrenic is:

  • Male

  • Not more than 30 years of age

  • With high IQ percentage

  • Have achieved many accomplishments during childhood and adolescence

  • With painful awareness of his deteriorating mental condition

Other than these, suicides are also linked to schizophrenic patients with the following factors:

  • A feeling of hopelessness

  • A series or incidence of hospitalization

  • A general deterioration of health

  • An experience with recent rejection from somebody he cared about or a recent loss of a loved one

  • Feelings of limited support from his family and friends

  • Unstable family or an incidence of family crisis

  • A feeling of further mental illness progression

  • Treatment dependence or loss of faith in it

Furthermore, suicides and schizophrenia are linked when patients are experiencing other things like the ones listed below:

  • Unrelated chronic disease

  • Family members who have also attempted or completed an act of suicide

  • Experiences with bouts of depression

  • Substance abuse whether alcohol or drugs

  • Feelings of being agitated or impulsive

  • Recurring suicidal thoughts

  • An abuse of schizophrenia medications and anti-depressants

  • Non-adherence to treatment

  • Dependence or incapacity to work normally

In addition, if we are to compare the rest of the population with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, suicides are not likely induced with alcohol abuse with schizophrenics as opposed to the general public’s statistics. However, drug usage and abuse are highly linked to suicides whether to a schizophrenic patient or somebody without the said mental condition.

Prevention of Suicides in Schizophrenic Patients

As it has been previously stated, prevention of suicides with relation to schizophrenia is more difficult. One must be extra vigilant in order to see the signs and symptoms.

There are different factors that can trigger the thoughts and decisions of suicides. If a patient is aware of his deterioration, some can see it as an improvement but it can also be a cause of alarm. Doctors and family members must be aware of how much the patient perceives his loss.

The sense of loss to a schizophrenic patient is sometimes the most crucial aspect of suicides. Intervention during these times of perception can greatly help the prevention of suicides in schizophrenic patients.

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Mental Health and Diet

Mental Health and Diet

I’m sure that we have all read or heard about it before, that diet is associated with mental health and well being. This is not something new to be discovered but certainly requires more attention to be paid towards it in today’s World. There are many reasons for this, including:

  • Modern food is much less nutritious than previous years due to over farming
  • Junk food is very common and cheap so a lot of people eat this instead of a healthy alternative
  • Manufacturers of food are using sub-standard and artificially made substances in their foods

Importance of Diet

As the famous saying goes “You are what you eat”, there is a reason for it being so famous and popular; because it’s true…By eating only processed foods which are very low in quality and nutrients yet high in calories we are becoming very overweight and having poorer health as we progress. The population is becoming very poorly fed.

With a poor diet comes disease. Things like diabetes are becoming increasingly common, which is one disease which is known as a modern disease because people didn’t used to contract it many years ago. Heart disease, cancers and many other ailments are also a result of poor diet and almost zero exercise.

Our bodies have evolved over millions of years and require a certain level of activity and maintenance to ensure they run optimally. Vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds are all part of that for sure and arguably meat too, but this is not essential as it is possible to get all of the required amino acids from plant based sources.

Good Diet

When you are eating your meal at home you should hopefully have a plate in front of you which consists of around 50% carbs, 30% protein and 20% fats. A well balanced diet like this will ensure that you stay fit and strong, both mentally and physically, for many years to come.

Remember that a diet is not something that you go on to lose weight or look better, your diet is what you eat all of the time. Whatever food you are putting in your body is your diet. You need to take responsibility for yourself and your diet. Simple changes can make a huge difference. For example, adding a juice to your daily eating plan that contains lots of essentials nutrients and vitamins will help boost your immune system and provide your body with lots of beneficial minerals that it requires to function properly.

Supplementation

Nowadays many people are turning to supplements in order to make sure they are getting their required dose of vitamins and minerals each day. I think that supplementation does play a role in a balanced diet but it should not be used as an alternative way of eating healthily. Your body works best when it gets what it needs from natural sources, not only because they are natural but because the combination of nutrients found in those vegetables work in a way which is sometimes not possible to replicate when taking the same nutrients via pill form.

Using pills and powders should be something that you use to top up your vitamin levels, not rely on for optimum health. If you are thinking about supplementing, check out this site for protein powders and this one for a range of vitamins that should help you get what you need.

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Latest News: Childhood Trauma Can Lead to Schizophrenia

Latest News: Childhood Trauma Can Lead to Schizophrenia

The researchers from the University of Liverpool teamed with Netherland’s Maastricht University to study the effects of childhood trauma to schizophrenia. Results from their study have been published stating that the children who have experienced severe trauma are three times more likely to develop schizophrenia and other mental health problems when they get older.

The Mayo clinic have published some very useful information in an article on their website which should also be looked at and read in order to improve your knowledge about schizophrenia.

Progress has been achieved by the team in recent years. For so long, the studies have only focused on the biological factors of schizophrenia. But because of this extensive research, the life experiences of the patient are also being tackled.

The Liverpool and Netherlands team analyzed data from almost 30 years of studies. They focused on three types of studies:

  1. Studies that deal with the development of children who have dealt with adversities

  2. Studies from randomly selected participants

  3. Researches that interview psychotic patients about their childhood experiences

All of the three researches have shown conclusive results: children aged below 16 years who have experienced severe trauma are three times more likely to develop some mental problems, like schizophrenia, when they get older.

Aside from this, the team has also found out that different types of traumatic experience have also yield different psychotic symptoms. For example, they have associated hallucinations with childhood sexual abuse while paranoia is associated with children who have been raised in an orphanage.

Professor Richard Bentall of University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, is acknowledging the fact that there is still a long way to go if we are to fully understand the mechanism of the brain and how it functions. Understanding the different mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, still needs further look.

However, the findings of the recent study can help them greatly to understand the development of schizophrenia to people who have not born with it in the first place. It points them to look for the experiences of the patients as well.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is considered to be a very serious mental disorder that is associated with the perception of distorted reality. Understanding of the disease is still very immature and is believed to be the most disabling among all the mental illnesses known to man.

A type of psychosis, schizophrenia is a person who just can’t tell the difference between his imagined perceptions to the real thing. Most often and quite understandably, schizophrenic patients have a hard time to function normally in a society. Often, their psychotic episodes are surprising, shocking and even dangerous to others and to him as well.

It is also a general term because schizophrenia has different types that are basically categorized by symptoms. Some of the most known types of the mental disease are:

  • Paranoid schizophrenics who are associated with delusions

  • Disorganized type of schizophrenia renders patients to be confused, incoherent and hardly understandable

  • Catatonics are physically immobile and oblivious to his environment. They can also do one movement repeatedly. Patients suffering from this kind of schizophrenia are in risk of developing malnutrition, exhaustion or injury that is self-inflicted

  • Undifferentiated types are schizophrenics that can neither be described with the characteristics of the three previously mentioned types.

For more information on schizophrenia in children please check out the brilliant information that you can find over on the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website.

 http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Facts_for_Families_Pages/Schizophrenia_In_Children_49.aspx

 

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Dealing with Mental Health – A Traditional Approach

Dealing with Mental Health – A Traditional Approach

With advances in technology and medicine today you would think that we’d have come up with a way to treat and cure most ailments. It might be true that we are very capable of treating many physical conditions which affect the human body but we are very much in the dark when it comes to psychological conditions which adversely effect us.

Problems in Society

As we have “developed” our ways of living have changed dramatically but our bodies have not had a chance to keep up with this constantly changing environment. Our minds are still in the same place they were thousands of years ago but now we have to deal with multi-tasking, reading emails, checking our phones, sitting at a desk all day, going to the gym, cooking, eating and finally sleeping.

With all the technology that we have things are supposed to be getting easier and more manageable but instead they are getting more complex, stressful and with more things to check. We are constantly switched on and stimulated by machines, computers and phones. The work email is now read at home last thing before bed and first thing in the morning before we’ve even got out of bed.

It’s these stresses which are not acute like we are used to dealing with, such as an attack from an animal or trying to swim across a raging river, but they are constant. This leaves the body in a constant state of stress, raising cortisol levels and releasing hormones which prepare the body for the fight or flight response to situations.

Dealing with Stress

The most common ways to deal with modern day stresses are to exercise or meditate. It’s believed that these are very beneficial for the body and the mind, releasing endorphins which help to calm, repair and sooth both body and mind. Have a watch of this video to learn the most fatal factors in dealing with stress:

http://vimeo.com/85525634

The Traditional Approach

Many experiences have positive impacts on our stress levels, helping to balance out our minds. Achieving goals we set out for ourselves, for example, will help you feel a sense of accomplishment. Small challenges such as making it to the gym 4 times per week are great goals to start with, but also having a much larger goal which the smaller goals build up to will amplify the effectiveness of the stress reliever. A great example is that of a challenge such as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa which a guy named Lee Baines did for charity or running the London Marathon.

It’s these more outdoor focused, return to nature type of challenges which many believe help us to reconnect with ourselves and the World around us when most of the time we are living in a truly surreal, computerised and fake World. Not only do they help us in this way but they are great ways to raise money for charities, meet new people and see different parts of the World that we would never otherwise see and experience.

Perhaps it’s time that we started looking back in history to the lack of psychological afflictions that people suffered in order to help us with the future and making our lives more wholesome and natural. The added benefit is that we will appreciate the natural beauty of the World in which we live and hopefully start to take a little more responsibility for our actions on planet Earth in order to help preserve it for future generations.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Anxiety & Sleep Problems

Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Anxiety & Sleep Problems

Complementary and alternative medicines are medications or ways of treatment that are considered to be out of the norm of modern medicine. They can either be taken from herbs or plants; or using the therapeutic characteristics of foods; or they can be ingested as vitamin or mineral supplements.

There are plenty of known complementary and alternative medicines for mental health problems. However, just like in any other alternative medications, there are very little formal studies which can show that they are truly effective against such diseases like depression, anxiety and sleep problems. For an more in-depth look at anxiety issues, please check out the Wikipedia information, as we will not be discussing the finer details relating to anxiety in this post because it warrants a large post of its own.

Fortunately, complementary and alternative medicines have been used for quite a long time now. This has led to some observations and recommendations for the use of these medications. However, it is still best to talk to your physician if you decide to take such therapy.

As stated, two of the mental illnesses that are being managed by complementary and alternative medicines are anxiety and sleep disorders. Listed below are the most commonly used complementary and alternative medicines.

  1. Valerian

Valerian, like most of the plants listed here, works on the gamma-amino-butyric acid. This GABA is a brain chemical that has been found to be associated with anxiety and any other mental health diseases. Caution should be practiced however because some variants of Valerian can cause liver problems if taken abusively. Read more about Valerian, here.

  1. Passion Flower

Passion flower has been known all along to treat anxiety. Studies have shown that there are instances when it can be as effective as a tranquiliser. The usage should be monitored because there are reports of toxicity even with minimal dosages. Find out more details about passion flower.

  1. German Chamomile

This flower is one of the plants that act on GABA. It is a mild sedative and has been traditionally used to manage upset stomachs. Its actions can be used for mild anxiety as well.

Chamomile

Chamomile is very therapeutic

  1. Hops

Dried hops if mixed with Valerian can be a good sleep inducer.

  1. Oats

Oats, as a complementary and alternative medicine, have been used my people to manage their cholesterol levels and to treat mild stomach problems. It was also used for people with anxiety and malaise. However, little is known with its action and drug interactions.

  1. Starflower

The oil extracted from starflower or borage is used for rheumatoid arthritis, PMS and as a mild sedative. However, there are some reported instances when excessive dosages can lead to cancer, liver problems and increased epileptic fits

  1. Lemon Balm

As a tea and extract, lemon balm has many usages. It can be for anxiety, sleep problems, pain (especially for PMS) and it can even calm the patients with dementia.

  1. Lavender

Lavender

Lavender used for its medicinal qualities

Lavender is one of the most commonly used sedatives that have mild effects on patients. It can be used as oil in aromatherapy and can induce sleep once inhaled.

  1. Bach flower remedies

Very little is known with the actions of Bach flowers. However, it has been used for anxiety, trauma and as a sedative for panic attacks.

  1. Melatonin

Unlike the previous mentioned complementary and alternative medicines, melatonin doesn’t come from plants. It is a hormone produced by the pineal gland. It can regulate the human body clock and is often prescribed to patients over 55 years of age. Melatonin information can be found by looking at this informative website.

I’d recommend having a quick watch of this YouTube video to help you out with dealing with anxiety.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ArtxNt606U

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Traditional and Alternative Medicines for Dementia

Traditional and Alternative Medicines for Dementia

Dementia is a general term used for a condition that is characterized by a decline in the ability of the brain to function normally. This decline can interfere with the daily activities of the patient involved.

There are different types of dementia. The most common types are vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. These different types have also different characteristics and symptoms, however, if taken generally, all can be basically described with the following onsets of symptoms:

Impairment of at least two of the following core mental functions

  • Ability to remember important incidences, day to day activities, people and other basic memories

  • Ability to communicate clearly and cohesively

  • Ability to pay attention and focus on a single important task

  • Ability to logically understand matters and to reasonably give any judgments

  • Ability to visually perceive things and images

Basically speaking, people who are affected by dementia have several memory lapses. They may even forget little and basic things like wallet, meals and schedules.

It has also been observed that most often, dementia affects a person mildly at first and it will progress to a worsening condition as the time goes.

Traditional Treatment of Dementia

For advanced dementia or for those cases with already progressive symptoms, there is little hope or cure to stop the disease. There are, however, some medications that you can give in order to dementia patients improve the symptoms or to slow the disease’s advancement. Here are some of the medications that are commonly used for each symptom:

Memory Loss

  • There are at least two types of medications that have been approved by the US FDA in controlling memory loss that is associated with dementia – cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine.

Behavioural Changes

  • There are actually no drugs that have been approved by the US FDA to specifically treat or control behavioural changes of patients with dementia. However, patients can use ethical antidepressants to improve one’s mood, Anxiolytics for the dementia patient’s anxiety and restlessness, and lastly, antipsychotic medications for the hallucinations.

Sleep Changes

  • Tricyclic antidepressants

  • Benzodiazepines

  • Sleeping pills

  • Atypical and classical anti-psychotics

Herbal Treatments

The herbs and plants given below are considered and known to be cognitive enhancers which can help the patient with dementia to improve his or her concentration. They are as follows:

  • Ginkgo

The extract of its seeds and leaves are used in order to improve a dementia patient’s cognitive function. Nobody knows the accurate mechanism of action of ginkgo but it is believed to act as an antioxidant that prevents any damages of the cell. It is also believed to increase the blood flow or the chemical transmitters inside the dementia patient’s brain

  • Ginseng

Similar to ginkgo, ginseng is believed to also improve the brain’s function to understand with coherence.

  • Hydergine

This plant is actually a fungus that thrives on rye. It has been observed to improve the memory functions of a patient affected with dementia.

  • Sage

The oil from sage can be used for aromatherapy to let the mind focus and concentrate. It has also been used for the treatment of depression and anxiety, two factors that characterized dementia.

  • Vitamin E

Vitamin E or alpha-tocopherol is a vitamin abundant in plant oils, nuts and vegetables. The anti-oxidant properties of vitamin E is said to prevent cells from getting damaged.

For more information about dementia you can look at this website.

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Alternative Mental Health Treatments

Alternative Mental Health Treatments

Today, it is a fact that mental health illnesses are steadily on the rise. One of the reasons for this is because many people still do not know the symptoms of a mental health illness. In fact, doctors and psychotherapists have said that the everyday problems of stress, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia can become determinants for mental health sicknesses. The problem is that people are accustomed to believe that these problems are completely natural to this hectic and fast paced world.

Don’t be Careless

Nowadays, people take the status of their mental health for granted, and the results of this carelessness can be devastating. What’s more the traditional treatments used to combat mental health illnesses are becoming less and less effective. This is why many people afflicted with mental health illnesses are looking for alternative solutions to help treat their mental problems. Some patients are combining traditional treatments with complementary alternative medicines, while others are only using alternative methods. In the end, research and testimony have shown that alternative medicine is a viable and effective cure to mental illness.

Harmony of Treatments

Some of the most popular and effective alternative mental health treatments have come by way of the East. Not only does Eastern medicine appear more attractive than their Western counterparts, but the foundation of Eastern medicine is comprised of the harmony between man and nature. Simply put, Eastern medicine is usually all-natural. Eastern therapies such as acupuncture and yoga have proven to be a great way to help patients relax from their hectic, day to day lives. In fact, relaxation will clear the mind from any stress and fatigue, and thereby it helps remove the determinants of mental health illness. Exercises like yoga strengthen the coordination between mind and body so that the body will become healthier and the mind will stay more active and focused.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Another alternative treatment for mental health illness is the therapeutic type. Evolving from psychoanalytic sessions, the restorative treatment of expressive therapy involves groups of patients shouting out their innermost thoughts and fears. These sessions are usually fiery and explosive, but according to the patients there is a catharsis when one undergoes expressive therapy. It is this catharsis, this release of repressed feelings and emotions, which enables the patient to move on from their mental health illness and begin healing. There are times when these expressive therapy sessions get out of hand. However, if one is willing to put up with all the anger and rage that goes on in these sessions, then this risky alternative treatment may be the way to go.

You are what you heat -sala

You are What you Eat

The last alternative treatment is the simplest. “You are what you eat”, people say, and this is also true for mental health treatments. Nowadays, there are healthy diets and nutrition plans that are created for the sole purpose of improving the mental health of a person. These diets are usually preventive solutions, but there are other diets which are designed to combat mental sickness. For example, most of these diets are sugar-free, because scientists say that sugar can upend one’s mental balance. All of these alternative mental health treatments are viable. One only needs to take the risk to see if it works.

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Hello and Welcome to Soteria Network

Hello,

Welcome to our site www.soterianetwork.org. We have created this site, as mental health professionals, to give support, advice, information and news to those who are both directly and indirectly affected by all kinds of mental health issues.

Mental health issues do not just affect the individual; they also impact the family unit as a while and many friends, where the stresses of dealing with mental health problems causes distress to all those involved.

We hope that all of those who have to deal with mental health issues on a day-to-day basis can benefit from the information that we provide on this site.

If you should wish to contact us, please do so on the contact us page and drop us an email.

Regards,

Soteria Network Team

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