Day 24: What is your opinion on alternative treatments or treatments that aren’t commonly used? (Some examples are: EMDR, hypnotherapy, herbal or vitamin supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy, art, music, or recreational therapy, ECT, VNS, TMS, DBS)
This one may be a very short post. I don’t have very much experience nor have I done much research on alternative treatments so I am hesitant to give an opinion on something I don’t know much about. I can mention that ANYTHING that makes someone feel better or eases their discomfort and pain even a little bit has got to be a positive thing as long as the outcome of this ‘thing’ is not that it will do more harm than good in the long run. I, myself, have found some calming effects from certain scents (lavender for one) and music (depending on my mood but 70’s rock and Barbra Striesand’s voice have a positive, soothing affect on me and I think this is because it takes me back to happy memories and feelings from my childhood), as well as a good long run will help keep the anxiety and depression in check. I would not give up my therapy and medication in exchange for those but together with the standard treatments these help me stay on an even keel during difficult times.