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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You can screen for bipolar, eating disorders or PTSD. There are even addiction tests to help gauge whether your drinking is normal or problematic. You can also make an assessment of your child.


“There is a parent test that uses your opinion of your child and how you feel they are feeling to gauge whether or not to see a therapist or psychiatrist,” Timmerman said. The parent is asked to observe if the child feels sad or unhappy, is down on himself or fidgety. Children as young as 8 years old are able to self-report symptoms such as having difficulty listening to rules or sharing well.


Once you have results, you are not expected to solve your issue alone. “I always encourage people to share the baseline information with their doctor even if [the assessment] is not indicating they need assistance,” said Timmerman.


When you take an online test, you are helping the state gather more and improved data about mental health. “The more data we have, the more accepted it is,” Timmerman said. “It is a way to eliminate the stigma of mental health.”

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) strongly urges people to get a mental health screening – the earlier the better. The alliance reports approximately 50 percent of chronic mental health conditions begin by age 14 years and 75 percent begin by age 24 years. NAMI wants to bridge the gap between the time symptoms are reported and when people seek help. Early identification seems to be the clear answer. While you can always ask your pediatrician or family doctor for an assessment, you can take one in the comfort and privacy of your own home.


Screenings are available around the clock online. If you go to a reputable Web site, you can trust the information you find. “Our screenings at Mental Health America are actually clinical tools, which are things you would get at a doctor’s office,” said Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky in Lexington. “We have a depression test, anxiety tests and even a psychosis test if someone is concerned they may be having psychotic symptoms.”


The advantage to online screening is you can take the test as many times as you wish. “Some people are using anxiety screenings to measure how severe it is day to day,” Timmerman said. “We strongly encourage the workforce screening test.” This takes a look at your work environment to see how it may be affecting your mental health.

MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS CAN HELP THE FAMILY

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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 People are seeing more positive depictions of mental wellness these days, but there remain several things to clear up.


“We are still talking about mental health in relation to violence, which is largely inappropriate because most people who commit violent issues are not mentally ill,” Timmerman said. “People with mental illness are more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators.”


Your entire family can benefit from mental health screenings. “Everyone should be checking on their mental wellness,” Timmerman said. “We want it to be an equalizer and a normal part of lives.”