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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It is important to realize mental illness is treatable. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and psychotherapeutic interventions. Should any signs or symptoms of mental illness occur in your life, seek guidance early from your family physician and get care from a mental health specialist who is trained and licensed to treat mental disorders. Understand the importance of getting professional treatment because mental illness usually doesn’t improve on its own. If left untreated, it may worsen over time and lead to more serious problems. Additional information on signs, symptoms, diagnoses and treatment options are available on the Mayo Clinic Web site at www.mayoclinic.org.  


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MENTAL HEALTH 101 - LEARNING HOW TO DEAL WITH CHALLENGES

through adulthood and old age. Several factors contribute to mental health, including biological factors, such as genes and brain chemistry, life experiences, such as trauma or abuse, and culture within and beyond family history.


A majority of individuals have mental health concerns from time to time. A mental health concern may become a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect a person’s ability to function appropriately and effectively in their daily life. Prevention can play an important role in addressing mental illness in our lives. An important first step is to face those early signs and symptoms and work toward managing your health, says the Mayo Clinic.


Getting routine medical care and an annual physical is very important in managing your mental health. Work with your family physician and/or a therapist to learn what might trigger your symptoms. Include trusted family members and friends for support and know when and how to get help if an intervention appears necessary to you or others. Develop an awareness of good healthy thinking and behavior by maintaining good eating and sleep habits, along with regular physical activity.  

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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The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines mental illnesses as health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior or a combination of these. Mental illnesses are associated with genetic predisposition, biochemical imbalances, learned thinking and behaviors, distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. Statistics on mental illness shared by the APA suggest:



The American Psychological Association says mental health is defined as the way one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors affect and influence one’s life. Good mental health leads to positive self-image and, in turn, satisfying relationships with friends and others. Having good mental health helps us make good decisions and deal with life’s challenges at home, work or in school.


Mental health includes our emotional, psy- chological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence