Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bipolar disorder: managing symptoms from an integrative perspective

Bipolar disorder in overview Approximately 1% of the adult population experiences persisting mood swings and fulfills criteria for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a heritable mental illness. First-degree relatives of Bipolar individuals are much more likely to … Continue reading

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): emerging strategies for prevention and treatment

Overview PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that occurs following direct or indirect exposure to trauma. In cases of direct exposure to trauma symptoms of PTSD develop after a potentially life-threatening situation such as a serious injury, physical assault or … Continue reading

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Alcohol and drug abuse: using integrative approaches to manage your substance abuse problem

Overview Alcohol and nicotine are the most widely abused substances in all countries resulting in untold personal suffering and enormous economic and social costs. A significant percentage of smokers are also alcoholics and also use illegal drugs. Methamphetamine (‘speed’), cocaine … Continue reading

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has enormous psychological and social consequences

Overview Approximately one third of the world’s population experiences chronic symptoms of inattention, distractibility, impulsivity or hyperactivity that meet requirements for a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is the most common mental health problem among young children and may … Continue reading

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Psychosis: using integrative approaches to manage your symptoms

Psychosis has many complex causes Symptoms of psychosis may be temporary or chronic and moderate or severe in their intensity. Schizophrenia and other chronic psychotic disorders are characterized by so-called ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ symptoms. Positive symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoia … Continue reading

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Generalized anxiety and panic attacks: the integrative mental health approach

Overview Generalized anxiety is a chronic condition characterized by both psychological or physical symptoms such as feelings of tension, excessive worrying, and heightened arousal that significantly interfere with work, going to school, being in a relationship or functioning in society … Continue reading

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Insomnia: How to get better sleep using integrative strategies

Understanding insomnia Sleep and wakefulness are regulated by many neurotransmitters including the brain’s principle inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA). Changing brain levels of GABA and other neurotransmitters are believed to be related to normal changes in sleep with healthy aging. … Continue reading

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Taking control over depression: the integrative mental health approach

Depressed mood has many psychological and biological causes. Some people are born with genetic factors that significantly increase their risk of developing severe depressed mood. Known medical causes of depression include thyroid disease, heart problems and anemia. When an underlying … Continue reading

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Dementia and mild cognitive impairment: managing symptoms from an integrative perspective

Dementia and mild cognitive impairment—a brief review Dementia is a chronic condition characterized by severe persisting impairments of short-term and long-term memory and severe deficits in other areas of cognitive functioning such as abstract reasoning, language, impaired capacity to perform … Continue reading

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Integrative treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Conventional pharmacological treatments of the depressive and manic phases of bipolar disorder have a mixed record of success. This is due both to high rates of treatment discontinuation and limited efficacy when treatment is adhered to. Furthermore, less severe symptoms … Continue reading

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