Mental Illness Awareness Week: This week (Oct 2-8) marks Mental Illness Awareness Week. To commemorate those affected by mental illness, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is encouraging participants to help raise awareness of mental illness and fight the stigma of mental disorders.
Today, roughly 54 million Americans suffer from a mental disorder each year. With over 200 different types of mental disorders, this issue is more widespread than ever. But what exactly is mental illness?
Characterized by changes in behavior and/or mood, mental illness is a disease that affects a person’s quality of life and ability to carry out daily functions. Depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, and anxiety disorders are some of the more common examples.
In an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, NAMI is asking people to take the #StigmaFree pledge.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a mental disorder, it is important to know that you are not alone. There are many treatment options available for treating mental illness, including therapy and psychiatric medication. However, there are also a handful of natural remedies that may help reduce symptoms associated with mental illness. Here are some natural ways you can combat mental illness:
Mental Illness Awareness Week- Natural Ways to Combat Mental Illness #1: Avoid Toxins
Recreational drug and alcohol use can often complicate the treatment of mental illness. It is a good idea to avoid alcohol and illicit substances altogether as you attempt to get your mental disorder under control. If you are suffering from addiction and having difficulty abstaining from substance use, contact a health professional so they may help you find proper treatment.
Mental Illness Awareness Week- Natural Ways to Combat Mental Illness #2: Stay Active
Exercise is good for both physical and mental health. Research suggests exercise can help treat a handful of mental disorders including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and more. Be sure to talk to your primary care physician to make sure exercise is a safe option for you. A personal trainer can also help you develop a workout routine that is tailored to your specific needs.
Mental Illness Awareness Week- Natural Ways to Combat Mental Illness #3: Stick to Your Treatment
Therapy and medication are both effective forms of treatment for mental illness. Natural remedies are in no way meant to replace these professional care treatments. Instead, they can help alleviate some of the side effects and symptoms associated with medication. It is important you talk with your doctor and let them know any alternative methods you are using to treat your mental illness.
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