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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Medisafe Inc., the app has a simple interface for managing medication reminders. It allows you to share reports with others, such as your prescription provider or a family member. Also, it offers integration with GoodRx, a discount drug provider, and has reminder options for refills and medication management.


CBT-i Coach is an approved app for mental health care. It has been designed and found to be effective for patients with insomnia or sleep disorders who want to improve their sleep regimen. The app teaches about sleep, developing positive sleep routines and improving the sleep environment. CBT-i Coach is a collaborative effort between the Veterans Administration’s National Center for PTSD, Stanford School of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology.


IntelliCare offers a suite of 13 individual apps researched and designed by a team of clinician researchers at Northwestern University. The IntelliCare Hub app helps manage the various apps, depending on each user’s unique mental health needs. Use should be supported with the guidance of a licensed Mental Health professional.


The Virtual Hope Box app is a multi-media app designed for individuals struggling with functional depression. Its main features include sections for distraction, inspiration, relaxation and developing coping skills.


Other apps based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have been supported by National Institutes of Health-funded research. These range from Worry Knot for anxiety- related issues, Boost Me for stress and depression and My Mantra and the Daily Feats apps for building self-esteem.


Be aware that something that may appear as a mental health app in the App Store may not been researched or vetted as being safe and effective for the condition or concern it is said to target.


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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE APPS

PsyberGuide is a guide to mental health apps created by an objective non-profit project. It reviews the strength of the scientific research support for various apps and describes the therapeutic interventions an app may provide. Testing means the use and approval of the app is based on research and it meets the minimum requirements by the FDA or it has had at least one randomized clinical research study that supports its use and effectiveness.


Breathe2Relax, available from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, teaches users how to do deep-breathing exercises. These exercises have been proven to reduce stress and decrease the body’s fight-or-flight response and help with mood stabilization, anger control and anxiety management. The app, described as a stress management tool, provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body, as well as instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool or in conjunction with clinical care directed by a licensed healthcare provider.


 Medisafe is for individuals who may need a medication reminder. Created by

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; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

Health care has benefited from advances in technology. Digital technologies are continually being adopted as an adjunct or additional tool to help health care professionals keep in touch with patients and monitor their compliance with a healthy lifestyle. The digital age has allowed sharing of patient information to reduce redundancy in care, clinical needs both physical and mental and polypharmacy.


Healthcare professionals in rural communities can use Telemedicine to consult with clinical experts, saving time and expense for practitioners and patients. Telemedicine helps them actively manage treatments for those with chronic health conditions. The integrated healthcare model allows healthcare professionals to monitor patients in primary care settings, hospitals, intensive care units, skilled nursing facilities and urgent care settings.


Individuals with mental health needs have often suffered from long waiting periods to get access to qualified mental health professionals, schedule appointments and receive clinical care. Mental health apps may assist in providing certain aspects of mental health care. In choosing any app, consider such things as your privacy, evidence verifying the app is valid and reliable and its ease of use. Always chose an app that has been tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some of the better-studied apps are coming out as prescription-only products approved by the FDA as digital therapeutics.