Depression:The Integrative Mental Health Solution

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Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.

People with depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless.

They may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide.

Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems or reduced energy may also be present.

Depressed mood is a feature of some psychiatric syndromes such as major depressive disorder, but it may also be a normal reaction to life events such as grief, a symptom of some bodily ailments or a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments.

Depression:The Integrative Mental Health Solution

This book is offered as a practical resource on safe, effective and affordable treatments of depressed mood from the perspective of integrative mental healthcare. 

Integrative mental healthcare: 
• is a person-centered approach to mental health care 
• takes into account the needs and preferences of each unique person 
• focuses on maintaining optimal health and treating symptoms not disorders 
• uses both conventional mainstream approaches like medications and psychotherapy, and alternative therapies like herbal medicines and acupuncture 
• is based on the best available medical evidence 

If you are currently struggling with depression and taking a medication that isn’t helping, experiencing adverse effects, or you simply can’t afford to continue taking a medication that is working this book provides valuable information about non-medication alternatives that will help you feel and function better such as herbals, vitamins and other natural supplements, whole body approaches, meditation and mind-body practices, and energy therapies. 

This book is written to give you the maximum amount of information in the least amount of time. From the contents you can instantly navigate to sections that will help you: 
• Understand depression better 
• Take inventory of your symptoms 
• Identify treatments that make sense for you based on the evidence 
• Learn about a range of specific non-medication and integrative approaches for treating depression or preventing it from returning 
• Develop a customized treatment plan that is right for you 
• Re-evaluate your treatment plan and make changes if your initial plan doesn’t work 

If you’re not depressed now but you’ve struggled with depression in the past this book will help you create a wellness plan that fits your lifestyle and your budget. Most important this book will help you think about your mental health care in a more holistic way. 

If you are a mental health professional this book provides concise, jargon-free summaries of scientifically validated non-medication treatments you can use when advising clients about safe, effective approaches for treating depressed mood or developing a wellness plan. 

An appendix with links to valuable internet resources is included to help you find quality brands of natural supplements and important safety information. 

This book is part of a series on non-medication treatments of mental health problems. Other books in the series cover: 
• Your Mental Healthcare: The Integrative Solution (Free) 
• Anxiety 
• Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
• Bipolar disorder 
• Dementia and mild cognitive impairment 
• Insomnia 
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
• Psychosis 
• Substance abuse 

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