4 thoughts on “Are These 8 Lifestyle Changes Better Than Drugs or Therapy?

  • August 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I agree with the argument put forth in this article, HOWEVER, there is an amazing irony going here – if we are dealing with those having severe mental illnesses, then advocating for these alternative methods of recovery won’t likely happen without the assistance of a therapist. Most with SMI (severe mental illness) may be seriously depressed, psychotic, etc and much more inclined to isolate and refrain from the important activities that are elaborated here. This means that parents, therapists, etc need to encourage these positive “hobbies” so that mentally ill people will in fact partake in them. It’s not only about recognizing “alternative” treatments but it’s also about using them in conjunction with traditional therapy to insure their use by consumers.

  • August 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I will agree that sometimes it is a persons life/relationships/job that need changing, not the person with drugs. I think our fix it quick culture paired with looking the other way contributes to this. Sometimes taking a good look at your life and realizing it needs changing is harder then just taking a pill and making all the bad emotions go away.

  • August 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    “From what I have learned about people who are single, and especially those who are single at heart, I think that the suggestion to spend more time in nature is especially likely to resonate.”

    I agree, I always try to find time to spend outdoors as a way to recover from the stresses of life.

    It doesn’t have to be some place far way either. Every state has a network of state parks, cheaper and more accessible than the national ones. And cities and counties usually have a parks department that can offer a variety of outdoor locations and activities.

  • August 13, 2012 at 2:54 am

    i have been seeing a therapist for a few weeks and things about my childhood is coming out and she is understanding. i am doing grounding techniques which is helping me. i do agree drugs never will work


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