Mental health professional: I hear that you are concerned, and you are looking for something else for us to try. I have some options that we could consider…
Often mental health professionals see clients who are concerned that the side effects of the medications are worse than the disorder. Although some
research supports the incorporation of a number of alternative therapies, many medical professionals are skeptical of alternative therapies. Additionally,
some clients might hesitate to choose complementary or alternative therapies because they perceive them as unscientific.
How might your own preconceived ideas about complementary and alternative therapies affect the options that you suggest to a client? How important is it
that mental health professionals be well informed about alternative treatments? How can you expand your awareness of alternative therapies?
For this Discussion, select a topic to discuss:
Alternative approaches used to treat anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders
Complementary approaches in the treatment of anxiety and depression
Write a 1-page paper:
1. With a brief descriiption of the complementary or alternative approach you consider most effective in treating an anxiety disorder and why.
2. Explain the benefits and limitations of the approach. Support the use of this approach with evidence from the READINGS and other scholarly sources.
3. Explain the role of the mental health professional in the use of these approaches
Be sure to support your paper with specific references to the Readings. Use APA format.
Burnett-Zeigler, I., Schuette, S., Victorson, D., & Wisner, K. L. (2016).
Mind–Body Approaches to treating mental health symptoms among disadvantaged populations: A comprehensive review. The Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine, 22(2), 115-124.
Helané, W., Angela, S., Rachel, N., & Julien, C. (2014). Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Systematic
Review. Journal Of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, (3), 161-175.
Preston, J. D., O’Neal, J. H., Talaga, M. C., & Moore, B. A. (2021). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists (9th ed.). New Harbinger.
Chapter 21, “Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplements and Herbal Products” (pp. 93-95)
Schuver, K. J., & Lewis, B. A. (2016). Mindfulness-based yoga intervention for women with depression. Complementary Therapies In Medicine, 26, 85-91.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2017). Health. Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/