HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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As we age, gradients of satisfaction with one’s body image may change. These can be part of the reasons individuals seek cosmetic surgery. From a mental health perspective, this may lead to body dysmorphic disorder, a condition that may be characterized by an individual’s intense preoccupation with an imagined defect in his or her appearance. If a physical anomaly is actually present, the individual’s preoccupation with it may be markedly excessive. An individual with this condition may experience significant distress and/ or functional impairment. If this occurs, it should be discussed with the primary care physician with possible referral for a psychiatric consultation. Read more about this condition and cosmetic surgery at: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-body-dysmorphic-disorder#1.


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LIKING WHO YOU ARE

emotions, moods, experiences, parental attitudes and more. It strongly influences our self-understanding of ourselves and how we behave. Preoccupation with and distortions of body image are said to be widespread among American women. These are driving forces in some psychiatric ailments, including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.


The nature and accuracy of one’s perception of real and ideal bodily attributes determine the strategies to fill this gap. Body satisfaction refers to the degree to which one is satisfied with one’s present body attributes. The level of body satisfaction determines the degree of one’s confidence, self-esteem and body dissatisfaction. Because of significant consequences of body perception and body satisfaction, there has been an upsurge in the efforts of researchers worldwide to uncover the intricacies involved in individuals’ body perceptions and satisfaction. When puberty causes emotional and physical changes, some adolescents become unhappy with or self-conscious about various aspects of their appearance. Peers and media often play a key role for young teens with respect to the idea of the “perfect body.”

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

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Liking who you are is a critical factor in self-esteem growth and development. Body image is a contributing aspect to understanding yourself. The term body image was first attributed to Austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Paul Schilderin. He wrote the book The Image and Appearance of the Human Body (1935). Society has always placed great worth on the beauty of the human body. Human beings’ perceptions of their own bodies differ when their perceptions do not fit societal standards and expectations. Knowledge about the facts and dynamics of their personal attributes may significantly affect individuals’ psychological functioning and personal well-being.


The process of self-perception of one’s traits, attributes, body image and abilities is complex and unique for each individual. The concept of body image refers to the extent to which a person perceives facts pertaining to his or her body accurately. This perception may result either in satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Body perception involves subjective knowledge of your physical attributes and how these attributes contribute to your feelings of self-worth.


Among the critical questions in understanding body image is how a person perceives herself in the social and interpersonal realm. Body image is the mental representation you create yourself, but it may or may not bear close relation to how others actually see you. Body image is subject to all kinds of distortion from internal elements such as