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Are Complementary and Alternative Medicines Effective in Treating Mental Health Disorders?

When someone experiences pain or discomfort, whether physical or mental, the instinct is to do something to remedy it. Throughout the history of human existence, people have tried different approaches to relieve physical and mental pain, some more successful than others. The successful ones have developed over the centuries to what at times is known today as home remedies or traditional medicine. Clinical medicine has proven to be effective most of the time, but sometimes it’s not enough, or the side effects of a medication outweigh the benefits. What other options are there for situations like this? Scientific knowledge is slowly acknowledging the benefits of complementary...

Mental Health Myths

Understanding surrounding mental health has improved significantly over the past decade, but there are still many misconceptions about the subject. One of the more surprising myths about mental health is explained by the United States Department of Health & Human Services on their webpage “Mental Health Myths and Facts.” Here, they reveal that the phrase, “mental health problems don’t affect me” (A. 2013, p.1), is often less true than those uttering the words would like to believe. According to Mental Health Facts in America, “43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year” (2017). That equates to one in five adults. Despite mental health’s prevalence...