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Alternative Approaches to Treat Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia
When treating patients with anxiety, most patients require psychological approaches (Preston et al., 2017). Some of these approaches are relaxation training, psychotherapy, stress management, and cognitive-behavioral treatment. However, the health professional can opt for other programs such as regular exercise. Such an approach has proven to be successful and very beneficial to a client suffering from anxiety. According to Preston et al. (2018), psychological approaches are good alternatives to medications when treating acute stress. Research indicates that holistic treatments are the most effective when treating depression. Patients can learn effective ways to regain normalcy in life, and use some of the health tools.
Some of the alternative treatments that a therapist can recommend include reflexology techniques, meditation, and exercise. Like anxiety and depression, a therapist can recommend exercise, meditation, and relaxation techniques to solve a lack of sleep problems. Also, a change in diet can serve a purpose in solving insomnia problems. Although alternative methods are excellent in treating these disorders, the FDA in the USA does not fully recommend using these alternative approaches. Some of the benefits associated with these approaches are that they do not have side effects like medications. They also improve the client’s health besides solving treating the disorder under question.
However, there are some disadvantages; for example, the FDA does not fully support the USA’s approaches. The approaches are also not suitable when the physician is not supervising an approach like exercise. A patient can opt to ignore the physician’s directives. Healthcare professionals’ main role in offering alternative treatments includes ensuring that the patient follows the right procedures, for example, during exercise and relaxation. Failure to follow the correct exercise approach can lead to ineffective treatments.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2017). Health. Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/
Preston, J. D., O’Neal, J. H., & Talaga, M. C. (2017). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists (8th ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Chapter 20, “Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplements and Herbal Products” (pp. 239-242)