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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menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. As many as one in seven women experience depression following childbirth, a condition known as postpartum depression.


Depression in teens is evidenced by anger, irritability and agitation. Teens may complain of stomach aches, headaches and other physical pains.


Symptoms of depression in older adults include memory problems, unexplained aches and pains, fatigue and wanting to stay home rather than going out and socializing. These patients may neglect their personal appearance and stop taking medications.


Depression is also manifested in physical symptoms, such as:


•  lack of energy;

•  loss of libido or low sex drive;

•  poor posture and lack of eye contact;

•  speaking or moving slower than usual;

Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a continual low mood, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities and a deep feeling of sadness. Depression is a persistent problem, not a passing one; the average length of a depressive episode is six to eight months.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability. The WHO estimates 350 million people are affected by depression globally.


In a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found women between the ages of 40 and 59 years have the highest rate of depression (12.3 percent) of any group based on age and gender in the United States.


Depression in men mainly is expressed in self-loathing and hopelessness. Men tend to complain about fatigue, irritability, sleep problems and loss of interest in work and hobbies. They are more likely to experience symptoms such as anger, aggression, reckless behavior and substance abuse.


Depressed women are more likely to experience symptoms such as pronounced feelings of guilt, weight gain, excessive sleeping and overeating. Hormonal factors impact depression in women during

SYMPTOMS OF AND TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION

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•  changes in the menstrual cycle;

•  constipation; and

•  disturbed sleep patterns.


Psychological symptoms of depression include:


•  feeling helpless, hopeless, tearful, guilt-ridden, irritable and intolerant;

•  difficulty making decisions;

•  being pessimistic, humorless, lethargic and hypercritical of self and others;

•  complaining;

•  having thoughts of harming oneself or committing suicide; and

•  feeling worried or anxious.


Socially, a person with depression may neglect hobbies and interests he or she previously enjoyed. He or she may not do well at work or have difficulties in his or her family life. The person may avoid contact with friends and participate in fewer social activities.


Usually, the treatment for depression involves a combination of medicines, including selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants along with counsel- ing or psychotherapy and self-help therapies. Exercise is one of the main treatments for mild depression. Talking through your feelings with self-help groups or a relative, friend or clergyperson can be helpful.


If your depression is very severe, you maybe referred to a mental health team composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and specialist nurses, who provide medication as well as intensive therapy treatments.