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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The key to management is working on resilience and improving self-esteem. It is wise to seek professional help from a doctor or therapist to determine if you have triggers and what kind of plan will be most effective so you can heal.


The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says it wants people to accept that they cannot control everything. They also encourage doing your best, maintaining a positive attitude and learning what triggers your anxiety. This varies from person to person. It can be work, family or school. Taking good care of your body can make a difference in mental health as well, so limit alcohol and caffeine, eat well-balanced meals, get enough sleep and exercise daily. It may be beneficial to talk to a friend or family member when you feel overwhelmed or join an online support group. The strategy that works for one person may not work for another so take time to find out what is right for you.


The bright side for Kentuckians interested in seeking help is the state’s ratio of mental health providers is almost twice the national average. There are wonderful resources out there and the earlier you seek assistance, the better off you will be. Conditions may worsen if left untreated over time and can lead to more problems.

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

JAMIE LOBER




Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

Psychotherapy, commonly called talk therapy, sometimes used alone and sometimes in combination with medication, is an effective treatment. Other lifestyle changes can be helpful. Remember everyone improves at their own pace, so you need to know what is reasonable to expect both short and long term.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 4.7 percent of Kentucky adults live with serious mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression. However, a similar diagnosis does not present the same in different people. What is most alarming is 46.9 percent of adults with mental illness in Kentucky receive treatment from the public system or private providers, leaving 43.1 percent completely untreated.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness listed several signs of mental illness, including excessive fear or worrying; feeling sad or low; changes in sleeping habits; feeling tired; difficulty perceiving reality; inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality; and inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress. In children, symptoms often present as behavioral because children are still learning how to communicate their thoughts and feelings appropriately. Red flags include changes in school performance; frequent nightmares; temper tantrums; aggression or disobedience; and excessive worry or anxiety.


It can be hard to pinpoint the cause of a mental health issue. Researchers often conclude it is a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle influences. Stressful jobs and traumatic life events can also be triggers. The Mayo Clinic reports one in five adults has a mental health issue in any given year.