Mental Health Tips to Limit Drugs

It was confirmed to me in a channeled message that answers do exist for most challenging mental health conditions. They just don’t exist within the walls of conventional medicine.

Living with us today is someone credible and in agreement with that premise. In his book, “Spontaneous Healing”, Andrew Weil, MD, offered a list of conditions in which conventional medicine does well and a list of conditions in which they don’t. Among those in the “don’t” category was mental health.

Their lack of success could come from the fact that unfortunately psychiatrist MDs today are taught just the same as all other MDs – to medicate the symptoms with pharmaceuticals. Drugs are the first line of attack they use for most everything that ails us. It could also be that many psychiatrists have the inflated opinion that extended talk therapy for solutions is beneath them and is better regulated to psychologists or others without their elevated MD status. I guess the ability to be able to write prescriptions is considered a big deal.

So, you will find psychiatrists typically using drugs to treat depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and ADHD, among others. The problem is – drugs for mental disorders do not cure the condition but rather only control many of the troubling symptoms, as my guides concur. In a subsequent blog (Wisdom from Beyond – Mental Health) I’ll share that guidance.

There is a better way. There is a very popular school of thought throughout the holistic healing community that there is an emotional root cause to all illness and mental illness is no different. So, people may start there. This factor and the link between the mental and emotional is what makes the concept of mind-body-spirit medicine so intriguing and so powerful. So, in particular with mental health issues, ignoring the individual’s past emotional history is absurd. This should be one of the first steps.

Here are samples of root causes from Louise Hay’s book – You Can Heal Your Life, a bible in the industry. Others with prominent voices are Carolyn Mys and others.

As you read through these, see if one relates to your past – or rings true to you – not all will apply and there will rarely even be two that are relevant. Perhaps it will just feel right or may trigger a memory or two that makes the emotion applicable.

§ Anxiety – not trusting the flow of life.  Thinking about the past and the future.  Feeling insecure (where was security?), unsupported and helpless to change your situation.  Focusing on negativity and limitation and allowing yourself to wallow in fear.

§ Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression) – A childhood trauma perhaps happening to oneself or another, internal aggression and frustration you cannot handle, fear you are possessed in some way and can’t eliminate whatever is living inside you, wanting to be somewhere you are not.  Feeling like you don’t belong.  Trying to break free of control and domination.  Extreme stress or imbalance.

§ Depression– anger you feel you do not have a right to have – very often associated with the relationship of young children and one or more parents.  Hopelessness (the result of withholding anger not expressed over a long period of time). Feeling disappointed or disillusioned.  Wanting to be saved.  Blaming others for what is not working in your life.  Being a victim.

§ Hyperactivity (ADD, ADHD).  Fear.  Feeling pressured and frantic.

§ Insanity – Fleeing from the family.  Escapism.  Withdrawal, Violent separation from life.

§ Narcolepsy.  Can’t cope.  Extreme fear.  Wanting to get away from it all.  Not wanting to be here.  Fear of the future, avoiding life.

The solution to feeling more in control with mental health challenges is to begin

take charge yourself and realize you do have some power in the matter. That power lies outside of conventional medicine.

One of the first steps might be to find a skilled or sensitive counselor who understands mind-body-spirit or holistic healing and can help you peel away the layers of the onion to shine the light on long hidden issues you have kept buried and which might be ruining your life. That person will give you exercises to help you eliminate those buried feelings and which will hopefully mitigate your symptoms. Or, you could seek help through alternative means such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, Ayurvedic medicine or other alternative modalities to which you are drawn. Yes, any of those could have a positive effect.

If you are fearful of a holistic practitioner begin with an MD who is holistic. That type of physician will use pharmaceuticals as a last resort and may even refer you to other appropriate providers for energy work or complementary methods that could be helpful.

The reason I believe so strongly in this method is that in the last 20-years, I have had several guides from the other side come to me – all focusing on emotional work. Simultaneously I’ve attracted many people into my life who were living with such issues as: Bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic-attacks, agoraphobia, depression and ADD or ADHD and even health-threatening weight issues. In all instances, speaking with them instantly uncovered traumatic emotional histories that they have buried and with which they have not dealt. In all instances, they had maintained a cordial relationship with the perpetrator of those circumstances (generally parent or relative) and had continued to bury the issue further and further into their subconscious.

Not all were coming to me for advice, some I just observed, but those who sought help from someone and the issues surfaced in discussions, each began to gain a different perspective about the situation – a much healthier one. That was when progress began. Simple steps followed and although not everyone became totally well, their meds were often dramatically reduced and for many, that was improvement enough.

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