The symptoms of mental illnesses can cause a lot of distress for many people, but not all choose to take medication. Some mental disorders are suggested to be treated with medication because of the severity of symptoms, whereas other disorders, the symptoms can be drastically reduced in severity simply through holistic methods. It’s always important to speak with a trusted healthcare professional to determine which option would be best for you. The following are several types of medications that are offered for a diverse range of mental illnesses:
- Antipsychotic medications – to help reduce hallucinations or delusions; these medications can promote clear thinking, focus on reality, and feeling organized and calm
- Antidepressants – to reduce feelings of sadness, depression, and suicidal thoughts; they do not, however, cause people to be “happy” or change their personality altogether
- Mood stabilizers – to reduce or eliminate extreme highs or lows
Tranquilizers and sleeping pills –
to reduce anxiety and insomnia, and to help people feel more relaxed; are typically used only for a brief period of time
Stimulants and related medicines –
to produce a calming effect, and may help improve concentration and attention; can reduce hyperactivity and impulsiveness
Medications are often in addition to a person attending psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. With this, the medication often assists you in clearing your mind while you work with you therapist to develop healthier ways of thinking and coping with challenging life events. If you and your psychiatrist decide not to move forward with medication, the following are some popular holistic treatment methods:
- Nutrition guidance and management – focus on healthy and nutritious foods to promote restoration and balance within your body
- Yoga – strong positions to strengthen flexibility, balance, and oneness with yourself
- Aerobic and Anaerobic exercises – cardio, spinning, walking, hiking, or sprinting, lifting, etc.
- Meditation – a practice that involves focusing on the breath and present moment to gain awareness
Tai chi – a martial art practice used to build defense and provide health benefits
Experiential therapy – rock climbing, surfing, horseback riding, etc.
When it comes to treatment, you do not have to choose medication or holistic practices. In many cases you can choose both – while taking medication, you can attend psychotherapy both individually and in groups, while also participating in holistic methods to complement your treatment regime. Speak with a representative at a reputable treatment center today to learn more about customizing your program.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.