Getting a diagnosis is just the first step; knowing your own preferences and goals is also important. Treatments for mental illness vary by diagnosis and by person. There’s no “one size fits all” treatment. Treatment options can include medication, counseling (therapy), social support and education.

Medications

Mental health medications do not cure mental illness. However, they can often significantly improve symptoms and help promote recovery and are recognized as first-line treatment for most individuals.

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Psychosocial treatments include different types of psychotherapy and social and vocational training, and aim to provide support, education and guidance to people with mental illness and their families. Psychosocial treatments are an effective way to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness and their families. They can lead to fewer hospitalizations and less difficulties at home, at school and at work.

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Other Treatments

In addition to medication and psychosocial treatments, there are other methods and interventions that some individuals find effective in managing and treating their mental illness.

Natural Products:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Folate
  • Medical Foods

Mind and Body Treatments:

Many people find that physical activity is beneficial to their well-being. Some types of mind and body treatments are:

  • Yoga
  • Exercise (aerobic and anaerobic)
  • Meditation
  • Tai chi

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