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I often have people ask me if medical m conditions can effect mental health. Certain medical problems are linked to lasting, significant mood disturbances - either the sadness or loss of pleasure typical of depression or the elation or hyperirritability seen in mania. In fact, medical illnesses or medications may be at the root of up to 10% to 15% of all depressions.
Among the best-known culprits are two thyroid hormone imbalances. An excess of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can trigger manic symptoms. Hyperthyroidism occurs in about two and a half million Americans. Hypothyroidism, a condition in which your body produces too little thyroid hormone, often leads to exhaustion and depression. This imbalance affects more than nine million Americans.
Heart disease has also been linked to depression, with up to half of heart attack survivors reporting feeling blue and many having significant depression. Depression can spell trouble for heart patients: It's been linked with slower recov...
As a therapist,I have clients ask about natural methods for mental health.
The first recorded nutritional experiment is in the Bible in the Book of Daniel. As the story goes, the king of Babylon captured Daniel and his friends during an invasion of Israel. When the king invited them to eat his rich foods and wine, Daniel and his friends declined. They explained that they preferred vegetables, beans and water in accordance with their Jewish dietary restrictions. The king agreed to allow them their diet on a trial basis. Daniel and his friends ate their diet for 10 days. Afterward, the king compared their health to that of his men who had been on the richer diet of heavy meats and wine. The king concluded that Daniel and his friends appeared healthier and were allowed to continue with their diet.
Over the course of time, scientists have continually investigated the effect diet and nutrition have on well-being. By the 20th century, scientists had used nutrition in the treatment of every...
As the name implies, cold therapy is done by subjecting the patient to cold temperatures, creating a physiological response in the body and subsequently the brain. A study at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine established that depressed patients who were treated with cold showers showed a significant improvement in mood and a decrease in symptoms of depression.
The treatments consisted of cold showers that were 20°C for 2 to 3 minutes, performed once or twice daily over several months. The evidence suggested that exposure to cold activates the sympathetic nervous system, increases the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline, and increases synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain. Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, the cold shower sent electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which resulted in the anti-depressive effect.
Cold therapy helps with depression by creating the same type of physio...
More and more clients are requesting recommendations and referrals from psychotherapistfor complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These therapies, which range from nutrition to body work, are often done in conjunction medication, rather than as a replacement.
Harvard University researchers and psychologists found that more than half of those reporting anxiety attacks or severe depression used a form of alternative treatment such as herbal remedies, special diets or acupuncture in the past year, while only one-third visited a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or physician. With the exception of chronic back or neck pain, depression and anxiety were the conditions that most frequently led people to try alternative treatments, according to researchers.
People with anxiety or depression who are attracted to alternative therapies tend to like self-administered strategies. About 20 percent of the respondents in the Harvard study who used alternative treatments reported visit...
In developing countries, up to 80% of indigenous populations rely on herbs for primary health care needs. In France and Germany, 30 to 40% of all medical doctors -- including psychiatrist -- rely on herbal preparations as their primary medicines in mental health counseling. German physicians, for example, frequently prescribe ginkgo, hawthorn, St. John's wort, horse-chestnut, saw palmetto, echinacea, valerian, ginger, garlic, and cranberry.
In Europe, herbs and herbal products are regulated in a different manner than in the United States. In 1978, the German Federal Health Agency established the German Commission E to investigate the safety and efficacy of herbal remedies.The commission studied evidence from literature, anecdotal reports, and clinical studies. In response, they developed monographs on over 400 herbs. These writings are now used worldwide as essential references on herbal therapy. The commission also established indications of how an herb is used medicinally and dosage...
[From the Downtown Therapy blog]
A common issue many men face is that they often have few examples in their life of being vulnerable – and having that be ok (i.e. not criticized). By vulnerable, I mean sticking your neck out and opening yourself up emotionally to others, even if that means taking a risk of embarrassment or having what you share not accepted as readily as you would like. Risk. But not the sort of risk that men are traditionally expected to aspire to (you know, the testosterone-hued kinds we read about in magazines or see in films: climbing treacherous mountains, bare knuckle fighting in a basement). Vulnerability is a different sort of risk-taking. It means extending yourself outward, sometimes a little beyond your day-to-day comfort level.
Many men find themselves fighting against a dichotomy: the self-sufficient, emotionally stoic man vs. the weak, needy child. What kind of a choice is that? Sheesh. And yet, this perspective is prevalent and infused in...
Time. Nowadays everyone seems to complain they don't have enough of it. Time is the same as it ever was. However the way we manage our thoughts may have changed. The grocery store is a great example of this. Everywhere you look, you see "Instant This" and "Quick That." The microwave is supposed to be a great time saver. Going beyond these examples, cell phones, computers and just about any instant gratification doohickey is supposedly saving our time. But do all these things really save time? They may do that, but here is the problem. Almost all of us fill up this "saved time" with Busy-ness. We don't utilize the saved time well but instead "fill it in" with countless chores, money chasing and the like. What about time with family, exercising, socializing, reading, communing with nature or just plain "being?" It is so wonderful that we live in an age where there is so much convenience. But the convenience is meaningless if we do not learn the best way to utilize the extra time that it ...
How we perceive and express things ultimately informs our reality. This is good news and bad news. The downside to freedom is all the responsibility that comes with it. Having the freedom to create the "story of our lives" demands that we have skills to manage this giant task. It's Important to know that having some choice in how we PERCEIVE things is different than being at fault for unfortunate, traumatic, and unfair circumstances.
Our story is what lives between the circumstances and our experience. Our story is what can make us feel the difference between being someone who is victimized or someone who has overcome and lived a life with broad and interesting events. Our story is what makes it all interesting and is the introduction into the next chapter of our future .
Our story is where our freedom lies.
Sometimes we need help with this task of managing how we make sense of life and all it's varying experiences. Sometimes we need someone to point out some parts of the story we w...
Depression is either anger turned against yourself or sadness due to a loss. Some commons symptons are: difficulty concentrating, lack of interest in daily activities, sleep disturbances, weight loss or gain, and difficulty with short-term memory. When depressed, there is much negative internal chatter that is hard to focus. Psychotherapy is a very successful method of treating depression.
One of the many benefits of psychotherapy is that it provides an opportunity to explore your feelings in a supportive and objective environment. For example, Mr. X came to therapy becaue he lost interest in all activities. Initially, he enjoyed his job and dating Ms. Y. Now, however, he just felt ennui. As we talked, it became clear that Mr. X had conflictual angry feelings towards his job and towards Ms. Y. Over the past few months, work projects had been more mundane and Ms. Y had been demanding that he spend every available free moment with her.
We discussed and explored these issues in therapy ...
-I am not sure why I called you. My doctor suggested it.
-No, nothing happened. My life keeps going on and on. I feel empty inside. No energy. No motivation. I sleep a lot. Cry often. I can not make a decision, double guess myself all the time. I am a weak person. I shouldn't have come, I don't see how you can help me.
-History of depression? No, I had a good childhood. Well, there were some problems but not as bad as other people.
-I am not comparing myself but basically I had good parents. I have no reason to complain.
-I was the youngest child of three. I was quite spoiled but I hated being the youngest. I never could win any arguments.
-I would not say I was bullied but my brother was ....
-I don't know why I am crying. They use to call me a cry baby. I cry so easily, how can anyone respect me?
-My brother? What he did? You think that... that memory is making me cry? Maybe. He use to take my toys away and ....this is hard to talk about. When I watched TV in the evenin...
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