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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Mental Illness

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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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Dr. Adam Tripp
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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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What is the history on treatments for mental illness?

What is the history on treatments for mental illness?

Times have changed: It used to be that individuals were isolated and put into "asylums" but more frequently now as we have gotten much more sophisticated with medicines we are able to treat through psychiatry and psychotherapy in such a way that people can lead normal lives ...Read more

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At what point does a person's sexual identity become a mental illness in need of treatment?

Sexual: identity becomes an issue when you have difficulties being yourself before your friends or family. This becomes a major stressor. Hence conseling should be sort when you have to hide your sexual identity. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get SSI without seeking treatment for mental illness?

Not just psyche: Social security benefits are not limited to psychiatric disabilities. ...Read more

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Can someone live with a mental illness without seeking medical treatment?

Menta illness: Its always better to see an expert and get help. But if the so called mental illness is not affecting your personal, social, work life and not causing severe distress may be you can get by i suppose. ...Read more

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In people with diabetes type 1 and mental illness, can the mental issues go away with treatment of diabetes?

In people with diabetes type 1 and mental illness, can the mental issues go away with treatment of diabetes?

No: Insulin is not an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD or other psychiatric conditions. However, treating one's diabetes will make them feel physically and psychologically better ...Read more

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Diazepam (1963), Lithium (1970), Fluoxetine (1987), Clozapine (1989). Now, 25 years since anything revolutionary in treatment of mental illness. Why?

Diazepam (1963), Lithium (1970), Fluoxetine (1987), Clozapine (1989). Now, 25 years since anything revolutionary in treatment of mental illness. Why?

Glutamate : The latest are glutamate antagonists like lamictal, ketamine, Namenda. Also serotonin modulators like viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) and brintellex which adds specificity to where neurotransmitters are affected eg causing dopamine to be released in frontal cortex. New meds are designed by informed knowledge rather than chance. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mental illness, natural therapy?

What to do if I have mental illness, natural therapy?

Mental Illness: If you think you have mental illness, the first thing to do is see a competent psychiatrist for full evaluation. You may also need general medical labs and other diagnostic tests. Then you'll know what you're dealing with, and whether it's safe to try natural therapies. Natural therapies would not be first-line in psychoses or imminent suicidal feelings, but might be tried in less severe issues. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a mental illness and medication and therapy aren't helping. What else is there?

Don't know what the: disorder is. Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more