This guest article from YourTango was written by Michelle Maliniak.
As a mental health professional who also has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after spending over 22 years in the fire service, I have tried many “alternative” methods to treat my own anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Alternative treatment methods I’ve tried include acupuncture, meditation, herbal remedies, hot yoga and massage, just to name a few.
I still use some of these methods, along with daily exercise, healthy diet, positive social support, and a low dose of an antidepressant, to manage my PTSD.
Here, I’m going to relate my experience with the two methods I have found particularly helpful: bibliotherapy (reading!) and spiritual healing.
Food is a wonderful thing! There are so many tastes, so many varieties, and quite frankly, we can’t live without it. We typically eat to satisfy hunger, to provide the proper nutrition and sustenance needed to get through our day.
However, we sometimes eat to relieve stress or reward ourselves.
While this behavior is not necessarily problematic or harmful when done in moderation, we have to be careful not to cross the line. It’s perfectly acceptable to reward ourselves with a special treat, or to indulge in something savory after a hard day.
It’s when this type of eating becomes a coping mechanism that we find ourselves being emotional eaters.
Autumn’s been official for only a few days now, but here in on the east coast, the leaves are already starting to turn; some of them are falling off their trees already!
The mix of red, orange, yellow, green, and brown contrasted against bright blue skies is only one reason fall is my favorite season.
Speaking of so many different things all serving one purpose, this week’s Psych Central bloggers really went out of their way to provide you with an eclectic mix of help information. Take some time this weekend to enjoy it!
How do you deal with alcohol addiction?
Studies show that people become alcohol dependent due to a number of reasons, including personal issues, stress and peer pressure.
Alcohol addiction will disrupt your life and destroy personal relationships. But the problem for most alcoholics is that they realize these negative effects at a later time, making it hard to accept the reality and seek treatment.
Is it what we eat? How we eat? How we learned to eat?
Many Americans are asking these questions and searching for the answers as they battle thickening waistlines and pounds that just don’t seem to come off. And many watch in alarm as our children struggle with the same issues of obesity as American adults.
In recent posts, I have discussed how the media has focused attention heavily on what we eat.
And certainly the food that we put into our bodies plays a significant role in how much we weigh.