Resource Guide – Alternative Treatments

by KL on July 23, 2010

Should I try alternative treatments?

We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own.

Q. What alternative treatments have you tried? What worked?

A. Alternative treatment methods have become more and more popular in all areas of medicine, including mental health. They may be used/practiced in addition to, or instead of, traditional Western medicine. Unfortunately, there are few controlled studies to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of these techniques. Many individuals are convinced that they have benefited from these therapies. Try techniques that appeal to you and make your own personal determination on how much they help in your situation.

Alternative Approaches To Mental Health Care

http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/KEN98-0044/default.asp
This guide from the National Mental Health Information Center provides a brief description of some of the most frequently used alternative approaches to mental health treatments and approaches. This publication simply describes each alternative therapy approach without evaluating it’s effectiveness.

List of branches of alternative medicine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_branches_of_alternative_medicine|
This is a comprehensive list of links to articles about alternative medicine systems and alternative methods of treatment.

Alternative Approaches to Mental Health Treatment

http://www.healthyplace.com/depression/alternative-treatments/alternative-approaches-to-mental-health-treatment/menu-id-68/

Alternative Medicine: Evaluate Claims of Treatment Success

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alternative-medicine/SA00078
This is an excellent article that provides guidelines for evaluating the claims made by alternative treatment techniques.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_Freedom_Technique
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is one of many therapies collectively known as Energy psychology. It is a form of alternative psychotherapy, that is based on a theory that negative emotions are caused by disturbances in the body’s energy system and that tapping on acupuncture points while focusing on a specific traumatic memory balances the system, thereby neutralizing the negative emotion.

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