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Author: Craig Elliott

Alternative Treatments for Mental Health

Considering all of the prescription medications for mental health issues, it seems like they would be the first line of defense against mental health problems. However, while many of these medications can help, there is some speculation that they may not be as helpful as once believed. With a number of uncomfortable side effects as well as concerns about an increased risk of suicide, more mental health clients are looking for alternative treatments for mental health. By taking the natural route, they hope to avoid the dangerous side effects while still getting the help they need. Acupuncture Acupuncture is...

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Medicines for Depression and Anxiety – What to Expect

If you have been suffering from depression and anxiety, seeking help to deal with the debilitating symptoms is the first step. You may have found in life that ever the simplest of tasks has now become insurmountable and responsibilities you have to shoulder are now more difficult. These are some of the reasons why more people are turning to medications to help them deal with depression and anxiety. New medications are becoming available each day. It is no wonder that more patients want to know whether or not they can expect a turnaround in their mental health – before...

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Seeking Help from a Psychologist – Where to Start

There are times in everyone’s lives when things feel out of control. Whether there has been a specific event has occurred or you simply are shouldering the burden of several independent problems, therapy can offer a way to help you deal with these issues and begin to learn new ways to view your life in a positive way. However, finding a psychologist can bring a whole new set of worries for a patient, so to make things easier, here are some ways to find a therapist that will help you begin to feel better. Start with Your General Practitioner...

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Top Five Warning Signs of Depression

Depression is a devastating condition that can take over your entire life. It is easily one of the most misunderstood conditions that affect our mental and physical health. Depression is more than just feeling sad. It is not just the blues. It is the result of a complex interaction between the chemicals and the brain. Depression can affect sleeping, eating, working, relationships – in fact, it can affect all aspects of your life. Depression will affect close to10% of the population at one point or another in their lives. That’s about 19 million people in the United States alone. About 80% to 90% of those who seek treatment for depression feel better within two to three weeks, and continue with their lives. Unfortunately, about two thirds of those suffering from depression never seek treatment for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest reasons that people fail to seek treatment for depression is that they fail to recognize the symptoms, or even to realize that anything is wrong. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression can literally save your life or the life of a family member. How do you tell if that someone you know may be suffering from depression? Good question, these are the top five warning signs of depression. 1. Decreased interest in activities that were previously enjoyed This is a symptom of depression that is...

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Exercise and the Benefits to Mental Health

Move over, medication. These days if you are suffering from depression and anxiety, your doctor could prescribe a daily walk or a yoga class. More and more, as we study the complex interactions between the physical and the psychological aspects of help, researchers are learning that physical exercise does more than get your body in shape. According to a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, a nationally respected health center, “increasing physical activity is a positive and active strategy to help manage depression and anxiety.” Exercise can help your mood and keep you emotionally fit in many different ways. It is believed that regular physical exercise helps regulate the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain which regulate moods. Exercise also boosts the levels of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in your brain, which can help lift sadness and depression, and reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. All of these changes can reduce anxiety, worry, sadness and other emotions associated with depression, as well as relieving muscle stress and tension that leads to pain and can worsen depression. Exercise has many benefits to a person suffering from depression. While exercise is not a substitute for medical treatment if you are suffering from depression, it can be a part of an overall strategy to help you recover and manage your symptoms, as well as to help prevent relapses. In addition to the...

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