Last Friday our nation was rocked with the senseless, tragic shootings of innocent children and others at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We are hearing a lot of buzz in the media on firearms, gun laws, and mental health. Last Thursday I wrote an article on depression and despair that can arise both during the holidays and in the aftermath of disaster or societal collapse, even for individuals who don’t struggle with severe mental health issues otherwise. Today I wanted to share a few more of my thoughts on mental illness, risks associated with antidepressants, and give you access to a special tele-seminar with Terry Tillaart where he shares POWERFUL, PROVEN tips on dealing with mental health issues naturally — even severe ones that most of us believe are essentially untreatable!
My Bit of Experience with Mental Health Issues
In society today, few of us are untouched by mental health issues. My first major experience with mental problems was when my freshman-year college roommate almost killed herself. I found the suicide note and was able to intervene before she went through with her plans. Throughout college I had other friends in my life who struggled with depression to varying degrees. Even though I couldn’t understand it completely, I saw the toll depression took on people I cared about.
A few years later when I became ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, one of the doctors I first saw wrote me a prescription for the antidepressant Paxil. I declined to fill it as I failed to see how a mind-altering chemical could get to the root cause of the severe, debilitating fatigue I was experiencing.
Years later I married a man with mental health problems much bigger than I had realized before we made our vows. Just a few weeks after the wedding my new husband reported to me that he was hearing voices, seeing apparitions, and physically feeling things touching him. A short time later he was discharged from the Army for mental problems instead of being sent to Iraq with his unit. At the same time as my husband was experiencing these hallucinations, I had problems of my own. I was attempting to wean off a low dose of Klonopin, a benzodiazapene, that had been prescribed to me years before for sleep disturbance. I experienced mental instability and emotional volatility first-hand in a way I never care to repeat.
In the years since my health was restored and I started my reflexology/healing practice, I have worked with a few individuals with severe mental problems — some with schizophrenia, others institutionalized and violent. My experience with mental health concerns is minimal compared to many others.
Issues with Antidepressants & Other Psychotropic Drugs
50% of America’s population is on prescription drugs, and antidepressants are now prescribed more commonly than any other type of drug. I am grateful that depression and other mental health issues are not sidelined as they were in decades past where people were told to just “pull it together” and “suck it up”. But I am disheartened that mind-altering drugs are constantly being peddled and touted as the answer when they are anything but that.
Besides the fact that antidepressants can never, ever get to the root causes of depression and mental illness — such things as nutritional deficiencies, unhealthy mindsets, emotional traumas, and much more, we have reason to be gravely concerned with the affect psychotropic drugs including antidepressants can have in contributing to and even causing acts of violence!
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What can be done to get to the root causes of depression, anxiety, and other mental problems? Can these solutions be used in a disaster scenario as well as today?
Last Thursday’s Preparedness Plus call on Natural Solutions for Depression and Anxiety with special guest Terry Tillaart was incredibly informative. I am not claiming that we have every answer for every person with mental illness, but I do encourage you to listen to this presentation and take notes. You will not get this information from your doctor or mental health provider, even when they are well-meaning (and the vast, vast majority of psychologists, psychiatrists, and mental health workers are). This information could change your life — http://store.essentialsurvival.org/audio-training/audio-training—-natural-solutions-for-depression-anxieety
May each of us take the actions NOW that we need in order to help ourselves handle stress and mental issues in the most effective way possible. May we become prepared to handle mental health concerns in a disaster/collapse scenario as well. May those who have suffered because of mental illness or acts of violence of any kind find the comfort and healing they need and deserve. God bless each of us and bless our nation.
Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines. In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.
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