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How To Cure Anxiety Without Medication
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Anxiety without med: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 ways: 1) psychotherapy - many different varieties. Cognitive, cognitive behavioral, transactional, psychodynamic - you name it, it's out there. Many are very effective. 2) transcranial magnetic stimulation - no drugs are involved. I'm specifically not listing "ect" - or electroconvulsive therapy - because even though its effects are not due to drugs, you have to have them administered for the tx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Find a psychologist: Who treats anxiety. The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body and your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having someone "coach" you is quicker and more effective, the same as with learning any skill. ...Read more
Many options: Good question, as medication should be a last resort! practice sound "sleep hygiene." try relaxation techniques & consider 5-htp, magnesium, valerian and other natural remedies. For much more info see http://www.Psychologytoday.Com/blog/owning-pink/201106/how-treat-insomnia-naturally & http://altmedicine.About.Com/cs/conditionsitoq/a/insomnia.Htm & http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art02037/sleep-aid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfortunately, not: If you have been evaluated and truly have adhd, stimulant medications are often the most effective method of treatment. If you are opposed to using those medications, neurofeedback can be helpful in some cases. Also, working with an experienced classical homeopath can be helpful. However, all of these options require the services of trained professionals. ...Read more
A Dr who believes!: I believe it can be done in mild to moderate cases, but I know that it's not easy. You need to find a Psychotherapist who has had success with this and you need to really work well together. You'll be learning several types of skills and practice w/ tolerance for errors is needed. Planning around your pattern. Good support. Firm self-discipline. No foolishness. Good luck! ...Read more
Depression treatment: Therapy is a valid treatment for depression. Psychiatrists are trained in psychotherapy as well as medication. Many psychiatrists do less therapy because there is such a need for medication treatment, and insurance makes it harder for them to get reimbursement for therapy versus medication treatment. You are very close to musc which has a great psychiatry department. Contact them! good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Non-medical interven: There are several things that can be done to assist someone with adhd not taking medication. First, providing the person with structure is very helpful both at home and school. Allow enough time to get things done - set a timer with ample time available. Lay clothes out the night before, provide quiet space for school work, arrange at school to sit with minimal distraction. ...Read more
See a therapist: Psychotherapy can be very helpful with depression, and the results can be more long-lasting than medication. Also you can make sure you're getting enough rest, exercise, and healthy diet -- staying away from alcohol and other mood and sleep-disruptive substances. Your family doctor can check for general health conditions too. Get yourself a good psychologist and work with him or her. Be well. ...Read more
Explore options: Let me count the ways. Start with a comprehensive evaluation by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out medical causes. Consider: group therapy, art therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, music therapy, supportive therapy. Aromatherapy, acupuncture, accupressure, qi gong, meditation, tai chi, exercise, healthy diet etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Therapy+: Among the non-medication options, psychotherapy (cbt/ipt) has the best evidence supporting its effectiveness. There are many other options - sam-e, exercise, light therapy, certain omega-3 fatty acids, but studies supporting them are few and involved small number of patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OCD: I have treated many patients with ocd successfully without medication. Ocd is a form of anxiety. Anxiety is driven by misperceiving situations and interactions. Compulsions and obsessions take you away from the root causes of your anxiety.Consult with a mental health professional who can help you manage ocd and understand its origin in your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very possible: Anxiety can be thought of as too many thoughts that are unprocessed that occur too quickly without keeping a running inventory over things the patient does and does not have control over. Psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies can be very effective for anxiety and do not necessitate use of meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 Fight vs Friend It: That is the question. We use the word "anxiety" a lot but many of usdon't know much about it - how we experience it in our bodies/our minds; what behaviors get associated w/it like avoidance & reassurance-seeking; how it shapes how we see world (what if something bad happens?). But anxiety is a state of mind that can help us survive & thrive! so how about learning 2harness it? See anxietybc.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to cure depression without medications? I'm depressed but i don't want to take medications for it.
The : The mayo clinic website also offers information for other treatments that are not "standard" medication (i.e. Alternative treatments/complementary medicine). Here is a useful link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/depression/ds00175/dsection=alternative-medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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