Whether you’re a practicing mental health professional, learning to become a professional, or just an interested and caring human being, you’ve probably heard about the psych meds that increasing numbers of people are being prescribed. In fact, it’s a regular part of conventional therapy, be it for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and more, or for recovering individuals who have been into the drug scene. Perhaps you’re taking them yourself.
Are you perhaps wondering about all the side effects people experience from these meds? Many of the medications have general side effects like your taste buds changing, you can’t remember things like you used to, or you are experiencing frequent urination.
How could you have NOT heard all the hype about the Coronavirus?! All kinds of public events are being cancelled, places where people gather together are being scrutinized because of fear of spreading the virus. School classes are being cancelled. (Thank goodness for online studying!) We’re running out of hand sanitizer because people are hoarding out of fear. (By the way, conventional anti-bacterial hand sanitizing products also kill off your strong, protective immune system germs in addition to the bad guys. That’s why I use natural-based products which only kill the disease causing germs.)
Are you over 50 now, or are you interested in finding out what awaits you after 50? Well … let’s see what changes. First of all, the aging process (we are all in that process although it makes itself more noticeable later rather than earlier for most of us) is a downhill one. If you think that’s bad news, the good news is that there is plenty you can do about it and stay younger than your fellow Americans as you age.
What does this mean? Faith based recovery is usually thought of as one with belief in a higher power, although this may or may not mean a specific religion for many. Incorporating a spiritual, faith-based part into one’s recovery program will certainly help us get better results for our mental health clients. Depression is the most common mental health issue in America (probably globally), and certainly here in the US. It is very prevalent in substance use recovery as well.
We are hearing a lot in the news today about Alzheimer’s and whether it can be prevented, treated successfully, and reversed. Think about what you believe for a second. Conventional medical practitioners seem to be thinking that it cannot be prevented, or, that once a person is in a state of cognitive decline, it can never be reversed. Some believe it cannot even be slowed down.
Whether you are ill or not, or just want to feel better and be healthier, it is always a great idea to begin a health journey. It doesn’t really matter what your background is, or how much money you make. It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are. The best place and time to start is … exactly where you are right now!
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.