Today, mental health conditions are commonly diagnosed. Depression is widespread, and commonly treated with antidepressants. Attention Deficit Disorder is very commonly diagnosed, with stimulants prescribed quite often. Bipolar Disorder is becoming a common mental health diagnosis with medications prescribed frequently.I have been a Board Certified practicing Psychiatrist for the past twenty years. My current observations are based on years of experience from talking to people diagnosed with these conditions.I remember many years ago wondering why I was being asked to prescribe medication to children eating fast food and lots of sweets. How was I to tell if these children really had ADD, or were their systems “stressed” from lack of nutrients?I also wondered about the role of our sedentary lifestyle in the increasing numbers of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. Chlldren seem to watch hours of TV and spend even more time in front of computers and video games. Yet, when we take them from this environment to a mainstream classroom we consider them distractible. But their brains have been programmed to absorb stimuli from TV and computers since they were very young. So are they really distractible, or have their learning circuits not yet been wired to learn traditionally?And as for adults with sedentary lifestyles, it seems to reason that depression or mood disorder is a consequence.Of course, many people with healthy lifestyles still suffer from depression, ADD and the like. But are we adequately evaluating the role of lifestyle when we make our diagnosis and prescribe medication?Talking to literally hundreds of families is a very humbling process. The more you get to know people the less you really understand. As a clinician, my dilemma was always, does this child or adult need medication? And have all other variables contributing to distractibility or other mental health issue been addressed first?Another area that is not typically evaluated in a routine doctor’s visit is that of exposure to environmental toxins. As a conventional practitioner, I used to believe only small numbers of people were particularly sensitive to the environment.Pollution is everywhere. How can we think that pollution will not affect our health and well-being, physical or mental?We usually think of pollution as coming from fumes in the air from cars or factories. It’s true, but pollution is far more widespead than that. The plastic liners that we use to feed our infants formula contain toxins. The carpets our babies are crawling on are full of toxins.How can we think that consistent exposure to toxins, even microtoxins, and lack of nutrition will not have an effect on our children’s physical and emotional states? And how about ours?Last year, several colleagues and I published a study on the effects of nutritional supplements in children with Bipolar Disorder. Out of 15 children, 14 demonstrated considerable improvements with addition of high quality nutritional supplements. All the children were prescribed psychotropic medication. After 6 months of nutritional supplements, their side effect scores dropped from 45.9 to 3.6!Clearly more scientific research is needed in these areas. But if you are on psychotropic medication, or have a child on psychotropic medication, it would seem prudent to do everything possible to minimize stress in your bodies. That includes eating as healthy as possible. Healthy cells make for healthy bodies.It also means vigilance around the issue of environmental toxins. In reality, we are all exposed to toxins, more than ever before. Also, cleansing the body with fresh water and quality supplements becomes essential for health maintenance.A proactive approach to one’s mental health will go along way toward restoration of balance and stability of the mind and of the emotions.Copyright 2006 INTEGRITY HEATH SOLUTIONS
Everything you want to know about your own mind is reflected in your own dreams. You can simply learn how to read the unconscious messages in dreams and understand the functioning of your mind. You will be able to evaluate your mental health, and protect your sanity.There are numerous impostors who pretend to be able to interpret dreams. However, the truth is that dream translation is a very complicated practice that only a genius could understand. The accurate translation of the meaning of dreams is complicated because we have to understand the unconscious logic. Only the psychiatrist Carl Jung managed to understand the complex dream language, after seriously studying the logic of the unconscious mind that produces our dreams.I could understand his complicated method and follow his steps because I was a literature writer, and my style was very complicated. I was a poet and a philosopher at the same time. My complicated style and my literary talent helped me translate all the dream symbols that Jung couldn’t explain. Later, I simplified his method, discovering a lot more. This is why I’m giving you dream interpretation lessons.Your dreams reflect not only the content of your mind, your mental condition, and all your psychological problems. Your dreams show you also other people’s real psychological content. You are able to see everyone’s wickedness behind their persona, in other words, behind their social mask.You discover also your own mistakes, your own wickedness behind your persona, and the depth of your ignorance. Your dreams reflect everything.You’ll surely stop being proud of yourself after seeing the content of your psyche through dream translation. However, this is good for you. Pride is an idiotic attitude. You should be humble if you want to be wise.Your dreams show you everything that is bad inside you, in the world, and inside everyone else.You may prefer to care only about what is nice and beautiful. However, the wise unconscious mind that produces your dreams is your psychiatrist. The unconscious mind produces many dreams for you because you need psychotherapy. You are very far from wisdom.You have to see what is bad because you tend to ignore what you dislike. You avoid paying attention to what is bad. This is an absurd tendency. Unfortunately, this is only one of the numerous absurd tendencies you have inherited. Your dreams show you everything you must learn in order to stop being an animal and evolve.You have to stop believing that what is bad could bring you positive results. There is nothing good in what is bad, from the beginning to the end.The unconscious psychotherapy corrects your behavior, giving you information about the future in order to prepare you for facing difficult situations. For example, dreams about animals always will give you important information about your future, your mental health, or about other people.The snake represents future problems.The bird represents important news.The horse represents a challenge.The lion represents a selfish person.This is a very simplified definition of the real meaning of these dream symbols. I’m only giving you a basic idea of the most important message given by the appearance of one of these animals in a dream.Each one of these dream symbols is a revelation, and each one of them is related to your personality.You’ll see a snake if you are making a serious mistake. This is why you’ll have future problems. Your mental health is in danger.You’ll see a bird giving you good news if you deserve them. Otherwise, the news will be bad. Your mental health could be in danger.The horse shows you that you must show courage, even if you don’t feel you are strong. Your mental stability must be perfect. Otherwise, you won’t manage to surpass all the obstacles you have to face.The lion could represent someone you don’t know how to objectively judge. You could easily lose your sanity because of this person if you’ll believe that their false image (persona) is real.Whatever happens to you can affect your fragile mental health, and this is why it is reflected in your dreams. You must be aware of all dangers.The unconscious messages are not pleasant. Your natural psychiatrist shows you everything that is bad exactly in order to help you eliminate what is bad.Without eliminating what is bad, how can you find peace and happiness?You may believe that you can be happy besides everything that is bad in your life because you are an under-developed primate. However, this is impossible. You’ll never be happy if there is something bad in your mind, or something bad in your life.For example, if you had traumatic experiences that made you acquire a post-traumatic stress disorder, or if you have a problematic relationship, you cannot find happiness in life. You cannot simply ignore your pain.You have to eliminate what is bad. In other words, you must recuperate your self-confidence and peace of mind. You have to fix your relationship or find your freedom.I’m giving you very clear examples in order to help you understand what I mean. However, you usually cannot see what is bad in your life. You cannot perceive many details that are responsible for your suffering.The unconscious mind shows you everything you cannot perceive in the dream images, helping you acquire sound mental health. Now that I simplified Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation discovering a lot more, learning the dream language is very simple. Let’s see if you’ll be a good student and follow the unconscious lessons, so that you may really reap all the benefits you can have with this knowledge.