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Herbal Treatment For Delusions
Are antipsychotics the only medical treatment for delusions in the elderly? Is there anything more natural i could try first?
Elderly delusions: Delusions in the elderly come from many sources -- including medical problems like dehydration, constipation, and urinary tract infections. Medications can also cause this. Treatment is to find & address these causes. The only "antipsychotic" herb i know -- rauwolfia serpentina -- can also cause low bp. Not safe in elderly people! very low-dose antipsychotic meds may help safely, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been separated and under treatment of shared psychotic disorder and religious type delusion. Would mindfulness cbt meditation/religious origin make separation less painful?
Worth a try: Mindfulness cbt meditation is an effective approach for coping with stressful situations & is likely to be of some help. For your ptsd you might try emotional freedom technique (see http://www.Eftuniverse.Com/ & https://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=6i33v2ecvly ). Neither of these are substitutes for other medical treatment & counseling but may be very useful adjuncts. Blessings to you & your spouse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psychotherapy +: Even though it is understood to be an organic condition, the most successful treatment is very carefully balanced talk therapy. It needs to combine support for the feelings with correction of the perceptions and can take great patience but can succeed with the right approach - sometimes medications can help at points in the therapy. I hope you find this helpful. Be well. ...Read more
Is medication need for infrequent (eg. Occuring few times a week) psychosis symtoms? Like hearing voices and delusions. Is therapy enough?
Judgment call: This is a decision that you make after consulting with your mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist). Sometimes people will believe that they have hallucinations or delusions, when a professional might explain these symptoms differently (e.g., illusions or irrational beliefs). If the symptoms are significantly interfering with functioning medication begins to look more favorable. ...Read more
Some: Narcolepsy is an issue with a brain chemical that controls degree of wakefulness and control on timing of wakefulness. So herbs (caffeine and noncaffeine) products that work through a different system (often adenosine) can be helpful t keep awake during day. Also behavior for short napping helps. Food metabolism also affects, specifically gluten has been. ...Read more
None: They do not have significant benefit.Get a more detailed answer ›
SIBO, documented?: Treatment is often offered empirically when sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is suspected. However symptoms recur when the antibiotics are gone. Is this due to underlying ibs, regrowth of bacteria (or resistant ones!), parasites, altered GI transit, or something else? Bifidobacter-containing probiotics may reduce gassiness, a xifaxan (rifaximin) trial may help, but evaluation is best pursued now. ...Read more
Over-the-counter: Drug stores have over-the-counter creams that have no "medications" like skin anesthetics, to relieve itching. One can consider the creams containing some type of menthol to be herbal. Such creams and oils have be used for many years, maybe even centuries. The ones in stores now are just the modern versions of them. Sometimes, general itching is due to internal disease, so a doctor should check. ...Read more
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