also called psychotropic
are drugs that affect how the mind works.
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Many doctors and
psychiatrists prescribe psychiatric drugs to try and hide
the symptoms of different problems.
These drugs do
and have many dangerous side effects
In addition, once a person quits taking the drugs, the original causes
of the mental disturbance still remain.
Psychiatric drugs are used to treat the symptoms
mental problems, but not the problem itself.
(hide) the symptoms. They do not correct or cure any physical problem
cause the mental problem. With symptoms masked, underlying
causes continue, and sometimes become
problems CAN be resolved by finding and fixing the actual causes.
are some safe alternatives for mental healing?
and Fix the Cause
Instead of masking (hiding) symptoms with drugs, it makes
sense to locate and
correct the actual cause or causes of the mental disturbance.
Some alternatives to psychiatric drugs can include:
Find and treat physical health problems
Sometimes, changes in a
person's mental state are the result of an undiagnosed physical health
Physical pain and
can affect your mental outlook on life.
Common physical health problems that may affect a
person's mental state include:
- broken bones
- pinched nerves
- vitamin deficiencies
- Alzheimer's Disease
- sexually transmitted diseases
- nicotine or alcohol withdrawal
- vision problems
A person may not even realize they are in physical pain.
Or they may
feel their pain is normal and nothing can be done to fix it.
physical health problem can affect your ability to eat, sleep, and
Poor eating and lack of sleep can cause the body to become
exhausted, which can also affect a person's mental outlook.
exhaustion may cause a person to feel moody, angry, or depressed. It
can also affect the ability to think and concentrate.
If you believe a physical
is affecting your mental health, consider scheduling a full physical
exam with your doctor and an eye exam with your optometrist.
can also check out alternative
treatments for these problems, including:
- change in diet
- vitamins and other supplements
Many children diagnosed with ADHD
are either struggling academically or are bored in school.
Children who struggle
may misbehave as a result. These children can be mislabeled as suffering from ADHD.
of these children benefit from one-on-one educational tutoring. As they
begin to experience success, behavior problems will usually decline.
On the other hand, some children are simply bored
For example, students who are not
being challenged academically
may finish assignments
faster than their peers and then become bored waiting for the rest to
These children need to continue to be challenged in school.
of the most talented, creative and successful people in this world
could have been mislabeled as ADHD. Take a look at Einstein, for
Just because school activities don't meet a
student's creativity or high energy levels, it doesn't mean he or she
are mentally ill and has to be put on medications.
Keep a record of snacks and meals for
a few weeks. Use a healthy eating pyramid
as a reference for
building a balanced diet.
labeled as ADHD are usually overly hyperactive in school.
change in diet is the solution. According to studies, a high protein,
low carbohydrate, and sugar free diet can help to reduce anxiety and
excitability in children.
A change in diet can also help treat physical health problems such as
diabetes, allergies, sleeplessness, headaches, and more.
to your doctor or an expert about a balanced diet, including vitamins
and other food supplements for you and your children.
A healthy diet includes regular physical activity.
been shown to prevent depression and help people relax.
Even a short
walk can help you to clear your mind and feel more relaxed.
You don't have to
become a professional athlete to stay in shape.
There are many easy ways to add physical activity into your
. Pick something you enjoy. Start slow and gradually
increase your amount
Check with your school, local gym, or YMCA about
exercise classes and sports teams.
Consider these activities:
- walking the dog
- riding a bike
- playing baseball
Healthy and safe environment
Everyone deserves to live
in a healthy and safe environment.
Do no harm!
When dealing with mental disorders, we must remember to "Do no harm
"Do no harm
is a guiding principal for doctors and psychiatrists to ensure that the
patient's overall well-being is the first concern.
Patients should not
be subjected to any treatments that use force or harm to control
F) Activities that promote confidence
Another solution for treatment of mental problems is to
participate in activities that promote confidence. This is especially
important for children and teens.
There are many activities that promote confidence and boost
Here are only a few
a club or sports team
something new - take pottery classes, learn to paint, or
in charity work - build confidence while helping others
in a mentor program - children can benefit from positive
a dog - not only can you experience success and build
confidence, but you will also gain a life-long friend
An increasing amount of children and teens are being prescribed
psychiatric drugs to treat mental illnesses that cannot be confirmed.
20 million children worldwide have been labeled with some kind of
According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights
"labeling a child 'mentally ill' without any medical evidence to
substantiate it is child
In addition, many believe that
prescribing psychiatric drugs to these children is even worse.
Knowing the risks and
side effects of psychiatric drugs, we owe it to
our children to find a solution using safer alternatives,
such as those described above.
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