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Are there any alternative treatments for depression and mental illness?

Are there any alternative treatments for depression and mental illness?

Many: St john's wort is an antidepressant herb. Sunlight, exercise, good nutrition, and social interaction can ease depression. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation might help. Spiritual healing ceremonies and rituals appear to help some sufferers. Certainly psychotherapy helps. It depends on how you define 'alternative'. ...Read more

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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more


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Is hypnotherapy effective for treating psychiatric illness?

Is hypnotherapy effective for treating psychiatric illness?

Depends upon who: you read. Hypnotherapists will tell you "Yes." My experience as a therapist of 30 years says "No" and I practiced hypnosis 10 years. ...Read more

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Is biofeedback therapy effective for mental health issues?

Is biofeedback therapy effective for mental health issues?

Biofeedback: Is effective for many mental health issues as well as physiological disorders. It is used to treat anxiety, depression, adhd, alcohol & substance abuse, as well as headache, chronic pain, asthma, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscle weakness, incontinence, hypertension, and to teach optimal performance. For more information, go to www.Bcia.Org. ...Read more

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What are some effective treatments for dealing with various mental illnesses?

What are some effective treatments for dealing with various mental illnesses?

Many options: Cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, supportive therapy, cognitive processing therapy, dialectical beahvior tx, behavior modification, electroconvulsive therapy, psychotropic medications, desenstization, couples counseling, family counseling, emdr, psychoanalysis etc. Etc. ...Read more

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What are some medications for treating mental illness placebos?

Placebo effect: All medications have to potential for "placebo effect", which is the biological effect resulting from your brain's hope & belief the treatment is going to have benefit. Even when placebo effect is present, it is transient. It passes within a few weeks. Any prolonged benefit is not placebo effect. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for borderline personality disorder?

Are there good alternative therapies for borderline personality disorder?

Not that I am aware : Of. The major problem is in interpersonal relationships, so the hallmark of treatment is developing a more healthy relationship with a therapist and dialectic behavioral therapy for the self harming behaviors. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for major depression?

Are there good alternative therapies for major depression?

Many options: Fortunately we live in an era where there are multiple therapies to treat major depressive disorder (mdd) including: psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, electro convulsive treatment (ect), & repetitive transcranial stimulation (rtms). The choice of treatment(s) will depend upon the nature and severity of your mdd. You and your psychiatrist will decide what treatment options are best for you. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for bi-polar depression?

Are there good alternative therapies for bi-polar depression?

SURE: There are various medication options that can be added to the core mood stabilizing medication. For instance atypical anti-psychotics like Abilify (aripiprazole) or anti depressants can be added short term. Therapy and good healthy living like diet, exercise, and sleep. Also therapy and activity. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatment therapies used for bipolar disorder?

Are there any natural treatment therapies used for bipolar disorder?

Fish oil: There is some research on high dose fish oil for treatment of bipolar disorder. There are also natural products with a proprietary formulation of a vitamins and minerals. Here's a useful article on web md reviewing supplements: http://www.Webmd.Com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-supplements recommend: get definitive control with conventional meds first, then investigate natural. ...Read more

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How effective are complementary and/or alternative medicine therapies for fibromyalgia?

How effective are complementary and/or alternative medicine therapies for fibromyalgia?

Yes: Complementary and / or alternative therapies can be very helpful in treating fibromyalgia. Diet, exercise, supplements, meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, physical therapy, and chiropractic manipulation have all shown to be helpful in treating fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Are there any massage programs for survivors on disability for mental illness?

Massage: Not sure if there are any approved massage indications for mental illness even if you had fibromylagia I do not believe there are massage programs to the best of my knowledge. ...Read more

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Is there alternative methods to treating depression without dealing with quacks and drugs?

Is there alternative methods to treating depression without dealing with  quacks and drugs?

Yes.: Seek an expert mental health professional who takes the time to hear you & to begin to know you clinically. Listen to him/her. Engage. If that professional communicates effectively with you, work with him/her. Expertly managed psycho-active meds may be crucial, but it is a comprehensive process not just a prescription that will determine your response/recovery. ...Read more

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Are there any effective alternative therapies for treating menstrual disorders?

Are there any effective alternative therapies for treating menstrual disorders?

Menstrual disorder: Depends on what kind of mentrual disorder you are referring too. There are many types of menstrual disorders with many types of treatment. ...Read more

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Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Medical opinions:  nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. www.holisticboard.org. ...Read more

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What other treatment options is there for borderline personality disorder besides behavioral therapy?

What other treatment options is there for borderline personality disorder besides behavioral therapy?

DBT: The main recommended treatment is dialectical behavior therapy. www.dbtselfhelp.com information about all aspects of dialectical behaviour therapy. Find handouts, worksheets, lessons, and research articles. Flash cards·dbt skills list·dbt lessons·connecting skills·instant mindfulness·what is dbt. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there any provision for free residential care for elderly people with mental illness?

Is there any provision for free residential care for elderly people with mental illness?

Chck medicaid: Check with your sate medicaid program if this patient is eligible, some states have home aid service. ...Read more

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Is any herbal or homeopathic treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder(ocd)?

Is any herbal or homeopathic treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder(ocd)?

Classical homeopathy: Ocd is a difficult disorder to treat, even in conventional medicine. However, there are psychiatrists who are well-trained in classical homeopathy and who can help you. Many people who have not responded to conventional medications or who are very sensitive to them, may respond well to homeopathy. You must be sure your homeopath is familiar with ocd and is experienced in treating this problem. ...Read more

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Are there alternative methods for treating depression without dealing with doctors and drugs?

Are there alternative methods for treating depression without dealing with doctors and drugs?

Absolutely: There are many effective treatments for depression that do not involve medications of any kind. Several well-established forms of talk therapy have proven at least as effective as mediations, if not more so. If you'e looking for a magic pill that isn't a medicine, then that's tougher. Health food stores have such products, but they are largely untested & may be neither safer nor as effective. ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for borderline personality?

Are there effective alternative therapies for borderline personality?

DBT Therapy: Dialectical behavioral therapy is probably the most well studied non medication treatment for borderline pd. Medications only help somewhat with the mood swings, depression, and impulsive behaviors. Marsha linehan phd actually suffers borderline pd and developed this model of therapy. ...Read more

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