6 Alternative Therapies for Managing Mental Health Disorders

There are many different therapies for managing mental health disorders.

Some people choose to take psychiatric medications which can help, but also have complications and side effects. Finding a healthy balance in the treatments you seek is essential.

In many cases, medication can be helpful. It’s always recommended to find a doctor you feel comfortable with and discuss the options available to you.

Many people find that a combination of treatments brings forth the best results. It is helpful to learn how to love all of yourself and accept treatments as self-care practices that can bring balance to your mind and calm your emotions.

Here Are 6 Alternative Therapies for Managing Mental Health Disorders:

  1. Talk Therapy:

Talk therapy is an essential method of treatment for many mental health disorders. It allows one to release concerns, vent, process feelings, and explore the past to have insight into current concerns. Traditionally, talk therapy is one of the first treatments suggested for most psychiatric disorders. Human connection is important in maintaining good mental health. Connecting with someone who listens with understanding helps one feel heard, which is vital for feeling less isolated.

  1. EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing):

EMDR Therapy is a treatment that was designed to help people with troubles arising from traumatic experiences. In EMDR, the therapist stimulates your eyes by having them follow a pendulum or following a finger in a back and forth motion. Other senses are engaged in EMDR and working through the five senses alters the way the brain processes and stores trauma.

The pain and distress of the traumatic memory fade back over the course of treatment which has been shown to be more effective in some cases than cognitive behavioral therapy.

  1. Vibrational Healing:

Vibrational medicine is commonly called “energy medicine” based on energy resonance. Everything is energy that vibrates at differing frequencies. In living beings, this energy, which resides in the physical body and the auric field, is changeable and resonates with similar energetic frequencies (like crystals or sound).

Vibrational medicine is “an evolving viewpoint of health and illness that takes into account the many forms and frequencies of vibrating energy (like atoms) that contribute to the multi-dimensional human energy system,” according to Dr. Richard Gerber.

Vibrational medicine is a term that covers different modalities such as Crystal Healing, Reiki, or Sound Therapy.

  1. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT):

EFT (also known as tapping) is an alternative treatment shown to be helpful in treating mental illness, as well as, physical ailments. It involves “tapping” on certain meridian points to help move and balance the energies. It helps strengthen the flow of chi (subtle energy) throughout the body.

It\’s been an authorized treatment for war veterans with PTSD and is commonly used to treat depression and anxiety.

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  1. Art Therapy:

Art is a powerful way to express your feelings without using words. It\’s being used widely as an adjunct therapy for psychiatric disorders. The process of creating art is the objective, it’s not just about a finished product. Expressing feelings, thoughts, and experiences through the artistic process is accessible to people of all ages.

The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.”

  1. Kundalini Yoga:

While all branches of yoga are greatly beneficial, Kundalini Yoga, in particular, has been extensively researched in the treatment of mental illness. In his book, Sacred Therapies, David Shannahoff-Khalsa brings his over twenty years of experience in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to the subject of psychiatric disorders.

Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) is a school of yoga, also called an ancient technology of the mind. It focuses on subtle energies and awakening Kundalini energy that lies at the base of the spine through mantra, yoga, and meditation. Kundalini yoga has been shown to be an effective approach to balancing the mind and body. Shannahoff-Khalsa\’s book lists a number of clinical studies done on Kundalini yoga and psychiatric disorders. (1)

Do you use any alternative therapies for managing your mental health that did not get mentioned above? If so, and you feel comfortable sharing, please do so in the comments section below!

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