30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Day 24

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.

30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Master List.


About Christine O.

I had been a young, single Mom to two girls for ten years; until March 9, 2014 when I married my soul-mate Jason. I’m a former 20 year+ full time executive in a demanding field turned business owner (this year); marathon runner, daughter to the perfect parents, oldest sister of a highly successful ‘normal’ younger brother and ‘functional’ single-mother (of 3) sister, coach, boss, best friend, member of the church choir, volunteer for the local NAMI, AFSP, and CASA organizations, and have over time become well acclimated to the world of mental illness after a life changing event or two. I have also become known in my community as the one who takes on the High School year after year in attempts to have a Suicide Prevention Program in place (as in Texas statute). My goal in writing, blogging and learning as much as I can about such subjects is to defeat stigma associated with brain disease, preventing suicide in the future, and saving my family.
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