Crossed paths with an article today discussing treating depression, anxiety, and insomnia without prescription drugs. Red flags immediately went up when i saw the headline and initially read the article. Those of us who suffer from issues such as depression, anxiety, and OCD, also often find insomnia being a symptom and a related issue. We also find ourselves subject to many suggestions and much advice to avoid medications, because of side-effects and bad information about mental health medications.
However, the article does contain this statement, “Experts said a good practice would be to discuss alternative treatments with a physician. It might also be helpful to consider complementary medicine, which is utilizing alternative treatments along with standard medicine.” The author of the article does responsibly acknowledge that sometimes medication is required to treat mental health issues and offers what they term as “complimentary medication”, the concept of using alternative solutions along side medical solutions.