Mental Health Awareness Month was first celebrated in 1949. It was commemorated by the Mental Health America organization, which was then known as the National Committee for Mental Hygiene and then later as the National Mental Health Association before it got its current name.
There are many mental disorders, a few which are listed here:
- “Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.
- Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.
- Eating disorders.
- Personality disorders.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.”
5 Facts about Anxiety Disorder that will blow your mind:
1- Anxiety most common
In the U.S., anxiety disorder is the most common form of mental illness.
2- Very few people seek treatment
Anxiety disorder is treatable in many cases but only about 36% of people opt to get help.
3- Multiple factors cause anxiety
From brain activities to genetics to life events, a host of factors can lead to a person developing an anxiety disorder.
4- Anxiety from a young age
The National Institute of Mental Health states that 8% of American teenagers already have an anxiety disorder.
5- Exercise to fight anxiety
Many studies have proven that a little boost of energy from exercise can help lessen the effects of anxiety disorder.
Background Of Naturopathic Medicine Week
“As we are talking about Naturopathic Medicine Week, we must cover the history of naturopathic medicine or Naturopathy. It also refers to a unique form of alternative medicine.
Talking about the etymological definition, the word, ‘naturopathy’ consists of two different words- ‘natura’ and ‘pathos’. The word, ‘natura’ is a Latin word and it means ‘root for birth’. On the other side, ‘pathos’ that is actually a Greek word refers to ‘natural healing’.
Naturopathic has a very inextricable relation with the Natural Cure movement that took place in the 19th century in Europe. It was in the 1880s when Thomas Allinson advocated ‘Hygienic Medicine’ in Scotland. He started promoting exercise and a natural diet and he also encouraged people so that they could avoid tobacco as well as overwork.
Reports say that during the 1800s, the concept of Naturopathy came to the United States from Germany. Well, the interesting thing about this type of treatment is that some of the treatments of Naturopathic Medicine are centuries old. It is a beautiful combination of certain aspects of modern science and traditional treatments.” (Article featured HERE)
Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The underpinnings of naturopathic medical practice are found in the following six principles.
1- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Naturopathic medicine recognizes the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Naturopathic physicians identify and remove obstacles to recovery to facilitate this healing ability in patients.
2- Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.
3- First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient:
- Use methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects;
- Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms;
- Acknowledge and respect the individual’s healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.
4- Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
5- Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic physicians treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual path.
Naturopathic physicians emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine strives to create a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.
When we take these six underlying principals to the foundation of naturopathic medicine we are then able to help the body achieve optimal health. As naturopathic week takes place mid-May, keep an eye out on our social media as we share information about this branch of medicine every day during Naturopathic Medicine Week. Celebrate with us by sharing with others or commenting on our posts on how Naturopathic Medicine has helped you in your life!
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