There is a new “wonder” treatment for many life stressors (including psychological distress/disorders) evolving that appears to break through some of the more unfortunate side effects seen with many of the older treatments. Just a quick look at some of the undesirable impacts that traditional treatments may have on your life may turn some away from them. Fear of negative impact on lifestyle (on safe driving, the ability to consume alcohol or to sleep, energy levels, sexual issues) and a slew of other side-effects can turn a lot of people away from medications. Therapy sessions can require a lot of time commitment, the need to develop a working relationship with a therapist, and possible confusion while choosing from a number of different methodologies. Either of these treatments may also be expensive and require work with an insurance agency, which presents its own set of challenges. Many of these drawbacks from traditional treatment can be avoided through this new “wonder” treatment.
The new treatment is versatile and can be individualized to particular needs/desires. Dosages may vary depending on commitment and the efficiency of the treatment. Focus towards commitment to see changes quickly will require higher intensity, and lower-intensity focus will result in the need for longer treatment. Some may choose to engage in treatment several times a day while others may want to engage only once a week. Unlike some medication dosages, however, there is less of a concern for time of day that the treatment is used; mornings, mid-day, and evenings are all options (meals and energy level can play a role but side effects for such choices are minimal).
How It Works
Similar to psychopharmacology, the new treatment does rely on neurotransmitters and the balance of their release and uptake in the brain. While engaging in the new treatment, the body and brain will naturally produce more of the “feel good”, “feel accomplished” neurochemicals. Consequently, a reduction of the stress chemical cortisol is also a likely outcome of engagement in the new treatment. More recent research has actually shown the new treatment to be greater than or equal to psychopharmacological treatment (again, without the side effects associated with the medications).
Similar to traditional therapy, the new treatment does not have to be done one-on-one and can be engaged with in a group. However, the new treatment can include friends and relatives with little concern for confidentiality or privacy.
Benefits of Treatment
Additional benefits associated with the new treatment may include: sleep improvements, increased awareness/energy, increased metabolism, weight loss or gain (depending on goals), and improvements in bodily functions (cardiovascular, gastro, respiratory, muscular-skeletal). Because of the plethora of benefits, the new treatment has sometimes been associated with other traditional treatment methods as an “add on.” More recently, it has been argued that the new treatment should be the first tier/line of treatment and traditional psychopharmacology or therapy should be used as an “add on” if the new treatment proves to be less effective than desired.
History and Availability of Treatment
Despite the “wonder” associated with this new treatment, it has been around for millennia. We have had it as part of academic learning (required until recently). Numerous options and facilities for using it exist in virtually every community in the United States. In case you haven’t already guessed, the wonder treatment is generally referred to as exercise but has also been called sports, fitness training, and general activity.
The wonder treatment is used by doctors (of every type), mothers, fathers, children, celebrities, athletes, etc. Please take the time to consider the benefits of this treatment method and work to implement it in your health plan. There is no insurance needed and the new treatment can be used as a preventative measure — to avoid the need for any additional treatments or negative mental health issues.