Problems with mental health are characterized by disturbances in thought patterns, emotions, and behaviours. Small disturbances in these areas of your life are common, but when they cause significant distress or interfere with your day-to-day functioning, they are considered mental illness or mental health disorders.
Mental health problems include:
● Mood disorders
● Eating disorders
● Personality disorders
● Obsessive-compulsive disorders
● Substance-related disorders
● Dissociative disorders
● Suicidal behaviour
● Panic disorders
The effects of mental health problems can be long-lasting or short-lived.
Mental disorders can be caused by a complex interaction of factors, which include:
● Health problems that affect your brain (such as diet)
● The environment or culture you live in
● Life stresses: Losing a job, divorce, and drug abuse, etc
● Genetic factors: Mental illness runs in your family
A specific mental illness can affect you if your genetic make-up predisposes you to such a disorder. This vulnerability, combined with life stressors such as work, and family problems can increase your risk of developing a mental health problem.
Impaired regulation of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain) can also increase your risk of mental health problems.
If you have mental health issues, brain imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) can often reveal changes in your brain. As a result, it appears that many mental health issues have a biological component.
Mental health problems present different symptoms depending on the type of mental illness. The symptoms can include:
● Significant changes in personality or behaviour, particularly if those changes happen for no particular reason
● Disorganized (odd) thought patterns such as
● Confusion and clouded thinking
● Eating too much or too little
● Hallucinations: Seeing or hearing non-existent things
● Significant mood changes
● Drug and substance abuse
● Social withdrawal
● Sleeping too much or too little
Natural treatment modalities can include:
● Breathwork: Breathwork involves taking deep, slow breaths or bringing awareness to your breath to alleviate stress, depression, PTSD, and anxiety, among others. Paying attention to your breath helps you to relax and slow yourself down. Click here for free breath-work practices you can do right at home.
● Sentient foods diet: Sentient foods play a significant role in your mind, body, and spirit. Sentient foods such as vegetables, legumes, fruits, and grains can have a profound effect on your mental health. A sentient diet can enhance your state of mind. Click here here to learn more about sentient foods.
● Embodiment and somatic practices and healing: Embodiment and somatic practices promote healing by allowing you to explore your body. These natural healing remedies help you access the places in your body where you could be holding onto things and experiencing physical, emotional, and psychic discomfort or pain. Are you interested in releasing pains and traumas that may reside deep deep in your body and consciousness? Click here to contact us today and explore a free experiential consultation.
● Meditation: Meditation can be used as a tool to cope with various mental health problems. The breathing and relaxation techniques can ease symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, and ADHD, among others. Click here to schedule a free meditation with us today that will give you the seeds to establishing a stronger mind body connection.
● Sound healing: Sound therapy or sound healing involves using music, vibrations, or speech to promote mental health. Sound healing can have significant benefits for various mental health problems. Your first sound healing session is on us, click here to schedule it today.
Sound acts as a medium for processing grief, trauma, emotions, and thoughts. Sound can also reduce anxiety, stress, mood swings, and substance abuse. The approach depends on desired results.