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Anxiety

A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

A nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.

Whether you suffer from GAD or panic attacks, find out what practical and simple treatments exist which you can implement today.

Alternative/Complementary Treatments

  • Meditation - A technique which often includes mental focus on an object or on breathing which can provide clear thought, relaxation, and calm.
  • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health and relaxation.

  • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
  • Diet - Research has shown connections between diet and anxiety. It is recommended to limit your daily intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol and to try to avoid cigarettes and drugs.
  • Exercise - It has been known for centuries that there is a link between exercise and brain health. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
  • Emotional Support Animals - They are man's best friend for a reason. Support animals can provide companionship and have been shown to provide emotional and therapeutic benefit. Must be diagnosis and certified by a mental health professional.
  • Quality Sleep - A lack of quality sleep has been linked to a number of health issues including anxiety. There can be several reasons for sleep issues, so a formal diagnosis is recommended. However, there are a growing number of sleep aids which are helping people to get better, longer sleep.
  • Aromatherapy - Scents can be closely tied to our mood and emotions. The general consensus is that the smell of lavender and chamomile can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety.
  • Nature time - spending time outdoors among nature is proven to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety. Even something as simple as climbing a tree can greatly reduce stress.

Primary Treatments

  • Psychotherapy - By simply talking, a licensed psychotherapist can guide you to identifying root causes of your anxiety.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Also guided by a psychotherapist, CBT can help you to identify thought patterns that lead you to a physical response and help you to change your thought patterns.
  • Medications - There are a number of medications which can help to relieve anxiety symptoms including antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and beta-blockers. These medications can come with side effects, sometimes severe.
  • Top Websites for Understanding Anxiety

  • NIH / NIMH - A comprehensive site from a very trusted source, the National Institute of Health
  • Anxiety & Depression Association of America - Good resource for info, support groups, and tips
  • Anxiety.org - Loaded with scholarly information
  • Anxiety

    A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

    A nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.

    Whether you suffer from GAD or panic attacks, find out what practical and simple treatments exist which you can implement today.

    Alternative/Complementary Treatments

    • Meditation - A technique which often includes mental focus on an object or on breathing which can provide clear thought, relaxation, and calm.
    • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health and relaxation.

    • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
    • Diet - Research has shown connections between diet and anxiety. It is recommended to limit your daily intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol and to try to avoid cigarettes and drugs.
    • Exercise - It has been known for centuries that there is a link between exercise and brain health. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
    • Emotional Support Animals - They are man's best friend for a reason. Support animals can provide companionship and have been shown to provide emotional and therapeutic benefit. Must be diagnosis and certified by a mental health professional.
    • Quality Sleep - A lack of quality sleep has been linked to a number of health issues including anxiety. There can be several reasons for sleep issues, so a formal diagnosis is recommended. However, there are a growing number of sleep aids which are helping people to get better, longer sleep.
    • Aromatherapy - Scents can be closely tied to our mood and emotions. The general consensus is that the smell of lavender and chamomile can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety.
    • Nature time - spending time outdoors among nature is proven to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety. Even something as simple as climbing a tree can greatly reduce stress.

    Primary Treatments

  • Psychotherapy - By simply talking, a licensed psychotherapist can guide you to identifying root causes of your anxiety.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Also guided by a psychotherapist, CBT can help you to identify thought patterns that lead you to a physical response and help you to change your thought patterns.
  • Medications - There are a number of medications which can help to relieve anxiety symptoms including antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and beta-blockers. These medications can come with side effects, sometimes severe.
  • Top Websites for Understanding Anxiety

  • NIH / NIMH - A comprehensive site from a very trusted source, the National Institute of Health
  • Anxiety & Depression Association of America - Good resource for info, support groups, and tips
  • Anxiety.org - Loaded with scholarly information
  • Know of another alternative treatment that works? Click here to share with us.

    Pain

    Acute and chronic pain affects the majority of Americans and can greatly impact your quality of life. Several drug-free alternative treatments have been proven effective. Click to find out more.

    • Myalgia - muscle pain
    • Fibromyalgia - widespread muscle pain and tenderness
    • Arthralgia - joint pain
    • Neuralgia - nerve pain
    • Bone pain
    • Acute pain - lasts less than 3-6 months
    • Chronic pain - pain lasting a longer than 6 months
    • Headaches
    • Breakthrough pain - pain that occurs despite long term pain killers

    From the National Institute of Health:

  • Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
  • Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs.
  • According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain.
  • Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.
  • The diversity of pain conditions requires a diversity of research and treatment approaches - Pain is an epidemic which needs to be better understood and better treated.
  • Top Websites for understanding pain:

  • NIH - A comprehensive site from a very trusted source, the National Institute of Health
  • WebMD - Detailed website for types of pain, symptoms, causes, and treatment
  • Free ebook on non-drug alternative treatments
  • Primary Treatments:

  • Medications - It's true that pain medications work. At least at first. However, their use, especially chronic use, can come with serious side effects and addiction. While some pain is severe enough to warrant medication, there is a growing movement away from prescription pain medications as first line treatment or as a single method of pain relief.
  • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

  • Meditation - A technique which often includes mental focus on an object or on breathing which can provide clear thought, relaxation, and calm.
  • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health and relaxation.
  • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
  • Diet - It is possible that there is a relationship between diet and pain. A balanced diet lower in simple sugars and higher is naturally anti-inflammatory foods may help relieve some types of pain.
  • Exercise - Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine and strengthens muscles, bones, and joints making injuries less likely.
  • Hot and Cold Therapy - Cold packs can be used to reduce minor injury swelling, relieve headache pain and fever. Heating pads can ease pain including muscle and cramping pain. Studies show that adding a heating pad or cold pack with over the counter pain medications can significantly reduce pain over time.
  • Acupuncture - A technique used in traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are pushed through the skin at specific points. 
  • Chiropractic - Focused mainly on spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation appears to benefit some people with low-back pain and may also be helpful for headaches, neck pain, upper- and lower-extremity joint conditions, and whiplash-associated disorders.
  • Massage therapy - Studies have shown a significant decrease in overall pain level, with improvement in emotional well-being, relaxation, and ability to sleep following therapeutic massage.
  • Supplements and herbs - There is a long list of supplements that may help to relieve pain, however, there is still a great deal of research to do to confirm all of the claims. What is certain is that many people swear by them and do, in fact, find relief.
  • Music - Anyone who listens to music can attest to its power to alter mood. It can have a short lived and modest effect on pain symptoms.
  • Balneotherapy - A technique of bathing in mineral water for treatment of fibromyalgia and arthritis. Not enough data is available to know if it's effective. 
  • Homeopathy - Using very small doses of a substance or using a substance that produces similar symptoms in a person to cure a disease. There is little to no scientific evidence to support this approach.
  • Magnets - Research does not appears to support use of magnets for pain relief.
  • Prolotherapy - Injection of dextrose into joints to relieve arthritis symptoms. Research studies appear to show that it does work.
    • Pain

      Acute and chronic pain affects the majority of Americans and can greatly impact your quality of life. Several drug-free alternative treatments have been proven effective. Click to find out more.

      • Myalgia - muscle pain
      • Fibromyalgia - widespread muscle pain and tenderness
      • Arthralgia - joint pain
      • Neuralgia - nerve pain
      • Bone pain
      • Acute pain - lasts less than 3-6 months
      • Chronic pain - pain lasting a longer than 6 months
      • Headaches
      • Breakthrough pain - pain that occurs despite long term pain killers

      From the National Institute of Health:

    • Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
    • Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs.
    • According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain.
    • Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.
    • The diversity of pain conditions requires a diversity of research and treatment approaches - Pain is an epidemic which needs to be better understood and better treated.
    • Top Websites for understanding pain:

    • NIH - A comprehensive site from a very trusted source, the National Institute of Health
    • WebMD - Detailed website for types of pain, symptoms, causes, and treatment
    • Free ebook on non-drug alternative treatments
    • Primary Treatments:

    • Medications - It's true that pain medications work. At least at first. However, their use, especially chronic use, can come with serious side effects and addiction. While some pain is severe enough to warrant medication, there is a growing movement away from prescription pain medications as first line treatment or as a single method of pain relief.
    • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

    • Meditation - A technique which often includes mental focus on an object or on breathing which can provide clear thought, relaxation, and calm.
    • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health and relaxation.
    • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
    • Diet - It is possible that there is a relationship between diet and pain. A balanced diet lower in simple sugars and higher is naturally anti-inflammatory foods may help relieve some types of pain.
    • Exercise - Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine and strengthens muscles, bones, and joints making injuries less likely.
    • Hot and Cold Therapy - Cold packs can be used to reduce minor injury swelling, relieve headache pain and fever. Heating pads can ease pain including muscle and cramping pain. Studies show that adding a heating pad or cold pack with over the counter pain medications can significantly reduce pain over time.
    • Acupuncture - A technique used in traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are pushed through the skin at specific points. 
    • Chiropractic - Focused mainly on spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation appears to benefit some people with low-back pain and may also be helpful for headaches, neck pain, upper- and lower-extremity joint conditions, and whiplash-associated disorders.
    • Massage therapy - Studies have shown a significant decrease in overall pain level, with improvement in emotional well-being, relaxation, and ability to sleep following therapeutic massage.
    • Supplements and herbs - There is a long list of supplements that may help to relieve pain, however, there is still a great deal of research to do to confirm all of the claims. What is certain is that many people swear by them and do, in fact, find relief.
    • Music - Anyone who listens to music can attest to its power to alter mood. It can have a short lived and modest effect on pain symptoms.
    • Balneotherapy - A technique of bathing in mineral water for treatment of fibromyalgia and arthritis. Not enough data is available to know if it's effective. 
    • Homeopathy - Using very small doses of a substance or using a substance that produces similar symptoms in a person to cure a disease. There is little to no scientific evidence to support this approach.
    • Magnets - Research does not appears to support use of magnets for pain relief.
    • Prolotherapy - Injection of dextrose into joints to relieve arthritis symptoms. Research studies appear to show that it does work.
    • Know of another alternative treatment that works? Click here to share with us.

        Insomnia

        Habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep.

        Top Websites for understanding insomnia:

      • National Sleep Foundation - Includes causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
      • Medical News Today - Good resource that includes home remedies as well
      • Mayo Clinic - Reputable site with easy to understand medical information
      • Primary Treatments:

      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Also guided by a psychotherapist, CBT can help you to identify thought patterns that lead you to a physical response and help you to change your thought patterns.
      • Medications - There are a number of medications which can help to relieve insomnia. These medications can come with side effects, sometimes severe and can be addictive.
      • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

      • Meditation - A technique which often includes mental focus on an object or on breathing which can provide clear thought, relaxation, and calm.
      • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health and relaxation.
      • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
      • Diet - Avoid caffeine containing foods such as coffee, tea, and chocolate as well as heavy or fatty foods hours before bed time. Warm milk before bed may help.
      • Exercise - Getting good physical activity during the day can help you to rest better at night. But make sure you don't exercise too close to bed time as this can keep you awake.
      • Supplements / Herbs - Chamomile, valerian, and melatonin have all been shown to aid in sleep.
      • Aromatherapy - Scents may aid in the quality of sleep.
        • Insomnia

          Habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep.

          Top Websites for understanding insomnia:

        • National Sleep Foundation - Includes causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
        • Medical News Today - Good resource that includes home remedies as well
        • Mayo Clinic - Reputable site with easy to understand medical information
        • Primary Treatments:

        • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Also guided by a psychotherapist, CBT can help you to identify thought patterns that lead you to a physical response and help you to change your thought patterns.
        • Medications - There are a number of medications which can help to relieve insomnia. These medications can come with side effects, sometimes severe and can be addictive.
        • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

        • Meditation - A technique which often includes mental focus on an object or on breathing which can provide clear thought, relaxation, and calm.
        • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health and relaxation.
        • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
        • Diet - Avoid caffeine containing foods such as coffee, tea, and chocolate as well as heavy or fatty foods hours before bed time. Warm milk before bed may help.
        • Exercise - Getting good physical activity during the day can help you to rest better at night. But make sure you don't exercise too close to bed time as this can keep you awake.
        • Supplements / Herbs - Chamomile, valerian, and melatonin have all been shown to aid in sleep.
        • Aromatherapy - Scents may aid in the quality of sleep.
        • Know of another alternative treatment that works? Click here to share with us.

            Sensory Processing

            Sensory processing (originally called "sensory integration dysfunction" or SID) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.

            Though it can manifest in different ways, it is almost always frustrating for those who don't understand it. Get the facts about what's really going on and how to handle it.

            Top Websites for understanding sensory processing disorder:

          • Star Institute - A one stop shop for everything you need to know about SPD
          • WebMD - Limited information but a reliable source for basic understanding
          • Childmind.org - Answers many of the difficult questions surrounding SPD
          • Free book - The Out-of-sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
          • Primary Treatments:

          • Occupational Therapy (Sensory Integration and DIR) - The goal of occupational therapy is to enable children with SPD to accurately detect, regulate, and interpret sensations, and the execution of appropriate motor and behavioral responses to sensations so that children are able to perform everyday activities in a functional manner
          • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

          • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
          • Music/Sound Therapy - Use of specific sounds and music as part of sensory integration therapy.
          • Interactive Metronome - The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a computer-based program designed to improve timing, attention, coordination and regulation in children and adults with a wide range of cognitive and physical difficulties including SPD, ADD/ADHD, autism, and Down Syndrome.
          • Sensory Integration Swings - Swinging allows a child to neutralize the disruptions that are caused by their vestibular system, which can often originate in the inner ear.
            • Sensory Processing

              Sensory processing (originally called "sensory integration dysfunction" or SID) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.

              Though it can manifest in different ways, it is almost always frustrating for those who don't understand it. Get the facts about what's really going on and how to handle it.

              Top Websites for understanding sensory processing disorder:

            • Star Institute - A one stop shop for everything you need to know about SPD
            • WebMD - Limited information but a reliable source for basic understanding
            • Childmind.org - Answers many of the difficult questions surrounding SPD
            • Free book - The Out-of-sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
            • Primary Treatments:

            • Occupational Therapy (Sensory Integration and DIR) - The goal of occupational therapy is to enable children with SPD to accurately detect, regulate, and interpret sensations, and the execution of appropriate motor and behavioral responses to sensations so that children are able to perform everyday activities in a functional manner
            • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

            • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
            • Music/Sound Therapy - Use of specific sounds and music as part of sensory integration therapy.
            • Interactive Metronome - The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a computer-based program designed to improve timing, attention, coordination and regulation in children and adults with a wide range of cognitive and physical difficulties including SPD, ADD/ADHD, autism, and Down Syndrome.
            • Sensory Integration Swings - Swinging allows a child to neutralize the disruptions that are caused by their vestibular system, which can often originate in the inner ear.
            • Know of another alternative treatment that works? Click here to share with us.

                ADHD

                A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

                Awareness of ADHD isn't new, but treatments, especially non-drug treatments, continue to evolve. Get the latest information.

                Top Websites for understanding ADD/ADHD:

              • Attention Deficit Disorder Association - A clear and thorough site with lots of facts about ADD
              • Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Trustworthy site for in depth ADD materials
              • ADDitudemag.com - An ADD diagnosis guide
              • Primary Treatments:

              • Behavioral Therapy - Helps individuals to learn or strengthen positive behaviors and eliminate unwanted or problem behaviors.
              • Medications - Stimulant and non-stimulant medications can be effective in a large percentage of people with ADHD. These medications can come with side effects, sometimes severe.
              • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

              • Neurofeedback - Provides immediate feedback from a computer-based program that assesses a client’s brainwave activity
              • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
              • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health, relaxation, and focus.
              • Feingold Diet - Research has shown connections between diet and anxiety. It is recommended to limit your daily intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol and to try to avoid cigarettes and drugs.
              • Interactive Metronome - The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a computer-based program designed to improve timing, attention, coordination and regulation in children and adults with a wide range of cognitive and physical difficulties including SPD, ADD/ADHD, autism, and Down Syndrome.
              • Exercise - It has been known for centuries that there is a link between exercise and brain health. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine which can help with focus and mood.
              • Emotional Support Animals - They are man's best friend for a reason. Support animals can provide companionship and have been shown to provide emotional and therapeutic benefit. Must be diagnosis and certified by a mental health professional.  
              • Aromatherapy - Some evidence exists for a positive effect on ADHD symptoms with the use of essential oils.
              • Nature time - There is strong evidence that spending even 20 minutes outside can benefit people with ADHD by improving their concentration. 
                • ADHD

                  A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

                  Awareness of ADHD isn't new, but treatments, especially non-drug treatments, continue to evolve. Get the latest information.

                  Top Websites for understanding ADD/ADHD:

                • Attention Deficit Disorder Association - A clear and thorough site with lots of facts about ADD
                • Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Trustworthy site for in depth ADD materials
                • ADDitudemag.com - An ADD diagnosis guide
                • Primary Treatments:

                • Behavioral Therapy - Helps individuals to learn or strengthen positive behaviors and eliminate unwanted or problem behaviors.
                • Medications - Stimulant and non-stimulant medications can be effective in a large percentage of people with ADHD. These medications can come with side effects, sometimes severe.
                • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

                • Neurofeedback - Provides immediate feedback from a computer-based program that assesses a client’s brainwave activity
                • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
                • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health, relaxation, and focus.
                • Feingold Diet - Research has shown connections between diet and anxiety. It is recommended to limit your daily intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol and to try to avoid cigarettes and drugs.
                • Interactive Metronome - The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a computer-based program designed to improve timing, attention, coordination and regulation in children and adults with a wide range of cognitive and physical difficulties including SPD, ADD/ADHD, autism, and Down Syndrome.
                • Exercise - It has been known for centuries that there is a link between exercise and brain health. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine which can help with focus and mood.
                • Emotional Support Animals - They are man's best friend for a reason. Support animals can provide companionship and have been shown to provide emotional and therapeutic benefit. Must be diagnosis and certified by a mental health professional.  
                • Aromatherapy - Some evidence exists for a positive effect on ADHD symptoms with the use of essential oils.
                • Nature time - There is strong evidence that spending even 20 minutes outside can benefit people with ADHD by improving their concentration. 
                • Know of another alternative treatment that works? Click here to share with us.

                    Autism

                    A developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.

                    As the spectrum expands, so does our understanding and treatments tailored specifically for the individual. Learn more here.

                    Top Websites for understanding autism:

                  • Autism Speaks - A well recognized organization dedicated to advancing understanding of autism
                  • Autism Society - Up to date information on autism with a wealth of resources
                  • Primary Treatments / Support:

                  • Early Intervention - Identifying early and working closely with professionals offers the best results and can include parent training, Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Therapy, and JASPER.
                  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - CBT can include Applied Behavior Analysis and Pivotal Response Training. It focuses on changing patterns of thought that are not helpful to allow a better response to people and situations.
                  • Medications - There are a few medications which can be used to help manage symptoms such as depression and irritability.
                  • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

                  • Meditation - A technique which often includes mental focus on an object or on breathing which can provide clear thought, relaxation, and calm.
                  • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health and relaxation.
                  • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
                  • Diet - There is empirical evidence that a modified diet may have a positive effect, however, research studies have yet to show clinical significance.  
                  • Exercise - It has been known for centuries that there is a link between exercise and brain health. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. 
                  • Support Animals - They are man's best friend for a reason. Support animals can provide companionship and have been shown to provide emotional and therapeutic benefit.   
                  • Nature time - spending time outdoors among nature can have positive effects on mood and mental health.
                    • Autism

                      A developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.

                      As the spectrum expands, so does our understanding and treatments tailored specifically for the individual. Learn more here.

                      Top Websites for understanding autism:

                    • Autism Speaks - A well recognized organization dedicated to advancing understanding of autism
                    • Autism Society - Up to date information on autism with a wealth of resources
                    • Primary Treatments / Support:

                    • Early Intervention - Identifying early and working closely with professionals offers the best results and can include parent training, Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Therapy, and JASPER.
                    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - CBT can include Applied Behavior Analysis and Pivotal Response Training. It focuses on changing patterns of thought that are not helpful to allow a better response to people and situations.
                    • Medications - There are a few medications which can be used to help manage symptoms such as depression and irritability.
                    • Alternative / Complementary Treatments:

                    • Meditation - A technique which often includes mental focus on an object or on breathing which can provide clear thought, relaxation, and calm.
                    • Yoga - Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, meditation, and specific bodily postures which can result in better health and relaxation.
                    • Weighted Blankets - Use proprioceptive input (pressure) to naturally release serotonin in your brain which can quiet the fight-or-flight impulse resulting in better focus, calm, and relaxation.
                    • Diet - There is empirical evidence that a modified diet may have a positive effect, however, research studies have yet to show clinical significance.  
                    • Exercise - It has been known for centuries that there is a link between exercise and brain health. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. 
                    • Support Animals - They are man's best friend for a reason. Support animals can provide companionship and have been shown to provide emotional and therapeutic benefit.   
                    • Nature time - spending time outdoors among nature can have positive effects on mood and mental health.
                    • Know of another alternative treatment that works? Click here to share with us.

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