Mental Health Therapy – Symptoms And Treatment Of Disorders

Many people avoid getting help for depression or other mental health disorders due to embarrassment or an outdated fear of being stigmatized. Economic Status or Legal Status are important aspects determining the standing of a human being. Being a social animal, a man’s standing in the society is determined by many things, including his mentally stability.

This is where Mental Health is critical to a person and much the same way how he would spend time in earning money, time also needs to be spent to tend to any rough edges in his mental health. Seeking assistance when necessary is increasingly understood in our society as a wise and mature decision.

Mental Health Disorders are caused due to a variety of reasons. An individual can experience a mental health disorder for the first time due to a tragic event, long term neglect or abuse, a genetic pre-disposition to depression, or even a brain disorder that is medical in nature. The results vary widely and may need a professional to help diagnose and treat, but the most common mental health issue is depression and is experienced by everyone at least once in their lifetime.

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Healthy Hormones – Natural Solutions For Hormonal Symptoms

If your hormones aren’t healthy, you are going to have some recurring symptoms that need tackling. As well as talking to your doctor or health specialist to get the background on what is happening, you can also take action yourself to both prevent and alleviate many conditions.

Hormonal health is very much linked to your general health, so the best way to take care of yourself is to follow the general guidelines for good health that apply to all of us. Eat a good varied diet and try to exercise regularly as it has been proved to reduce excess oestrogen levels in the body significantly, and help to regulate overall hormone levels.

A healthy hormone diet

Obviously diet is very much a matter of individual choice but here are some basic guidelines that you can follow and adapt to suit your particular circumstances: A good hormone health diet is based around these factors:

The big 4 to reduce drastically are sugar, refined carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol as they can play havoc with blood sugar levels. Replace them with ‘green’ and ‘brown’ foods such as vegetables, brown rice, wholemeal bread and mueslis for ‘white’ foods such as sugary breakfast cereals, white bread or rice, pastry and biscuits.

• Fibre will really help normalize oestrogen levels so eat more porridge, fruits and bran cereals

• Don’t underestimate the effect of food allergies or sensitivities on your hormones to deal with them first. Wheat and dairy are the most common so switch to rye, corn, rice, buckwheat and oat products, and try goats and sheep’ cheeses or yoghurts, soya milk and yoghurt, rice milk, oat milk or coconut milk (diluted).

• If you are already feeling the effects of oestrogen dominance try to make your life as stress free as possible as it will increase symptoms. Use any relaxation method that works for you such as aromatherapy, yoga or consult with a professional.

The Big 3 Hormonal Conditions:

You will be a lucky woman if you get through life without being affected by PMS, mood swings and period problems, though hopefully not all three together!

· PMS affects around 80% of pre-menopausal women and around 70% of these have been found to be linked to oestrogen dominance.Simple dietary changes can make a big difference so switch to using soya milk and tofu and include linseeds in your diet. Most women find that a general B complex, plus some additional B6 seems to help and the most important nutrients to supplement are magnesium (deficient in around 50 per cent of women with PMS), vitamin E, and GLA in the form of evening primrose oil, starflower oil or borage oil.

· Mood swings really do respond well to cutting out sugar and stimulants as that regulates blood sugar swings which can affect mood. In really severe cases it can also help to have a small snack every 2 hours to keep your blood sugar levels topped up. Go for hummus, live yoghurt, fresh fruit, unsalted nuts and seeds. Avoid coffee, strong tea and alcohol as these stimulants use up B-vitamins which normalize levels of serotonin which is vital to regulate moods.

· Period Problems often arise because during a period the muscles of the womb have to work hard to shed the inner lining, and this can result in painful cramps. Avoid this by cutting back on red meat and dairy produce as they contain the type of fats which interfere with short-term hormones called prostaglandins, and this can encourage inflammation.

· Switch to eating oily fish and eating polyunsaturated fats to see an improvement. Caffeinated drinks and alcohol can also make it worse by interfering with mineral absorption from the diet and influencing the conversion of fats into prostaglandins. Painful cramps respond to supplementing with magnesium as, with its sister mineral calcium, it affects the nerves which regulate muscle contractions.

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9 Points For Mental Health Care Reform

Due to greater understanding of how many Americans live with mental illnesses and addiction disorders and how expensive the total healthcare expenditures are for this group, we have reached a critical tipping point when it comes to healthcare reform. We understand the importance of treating the healthcare needs of individuals with serious mental illnesses and responding to the behavioral healthcare needs of all Americans.

In anticipation of parity and mental healthcare reform legislation, the many national and community mental health organizations have been thinking, meeting and writing for well over a year. Their work continues and their outputs guide those organizations lobbying for government healthcare reform..


1. Mental Health/Substance Use Health Provider Capacity Building: Community mental health and substance use treatment organizations, group practices, and individual clinicians will need to improve their ability to provide measurable, high-performing, prevention, early intervention, recovery and wellness oriented services and supports.

2. Person-Centered Healthcare Homes: There will be much greater demand for integrating mental health and substance use clinicians into primary care practices and primary care providers into mental health and substance use treatment organizations, using emerging and best practice clinical models and robust linkages between primary care and specialty behavioral healthcare.

3. Peer Counselors and Consumer Operated Services: We will see expansion of consumer-operated services and integration of peers into the mental health and substance use workforce and service array, underscoring the critical role these efforts play in supporting the recovery and wellness of persons with mental health and substance use disorders.

4. Mental Health Clinic Guidelines: The pace of development and dissemination of mental health and substance use clinical guidelines and clinical tools will increase with support from the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and other research and implementation efforts. Of course, part of this initiative includes helping mental illness patients find a mental health clinic nearby.


5. Medicaid Expansion and Health Insurance Exchanges: States will need to undertake major change processes to improve the quality and value of mental health and substance use services at parity as they redesign their Medicaid systems to prepare for expansion and design Health Insurance Exchanges. Provider organizations will need to be able to work with new Medicaid designs and contract with and bill services through the Exchanges.

6. Employer-Sponsored Health Plans and Parity: Employers and benefits managers will need to redefine how to use behavioral health services to address absenteeism and presenteeism and develop a more resilient and productive workforce. Provider organizations will need to tailor their service offerings to meet employer needs and work with their contracting and billing systems.

7. Accountable Care Organizations and Health Plan Redesign: Payers will encourage and in some cases mandate the development of new management structures that support healthcare reform including Accountable Care Organizations and health plan redesign, providing guidance on how mental health and substance use should be included to improve quality and better manage total healthcare expenditures. Provider organizations should take part in and become owners of ACOs that develop in their communities.


8. Quality Improvement for Mental Healthcare: Organizations including the National Quality Forum will accelerate the development of a national quality improvement strategy that contains mental-health and substance use performance measures that will be used to improve delivery of mental-health and substance use services, patient health outcomes, and population health and manage costs. Provider organizations will need to develop the infrastructure to operate within this framework.

9. Health Information Technology: Federal and state HIT initiatives need to reflect the importance of mental-health and substance use services and include mental-health and substance use providers and data requirements in funding, design work, and infrastructure development. Provider organizations will need to be able to implement electronic health records and patient registries and connect these systems to community health information networks and health information exchanges.

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