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.