How To Recover From Mental Illness

Mental illness is an invisible disease that often gets ignored. It cripples many people leaving them feeling hopeless and alone. However there are ways to recover your mental health and help you live the life you want to live.

Mental illness comes in many forms including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia, and psychosis. With all the many forms of mental illness there are also many forms of treatments. Many physicians and doctors treat this with prescription drugs right away but with a better lifestyle, these mental issues can be addressed in a more holistic way. Here are some ideas based on research that will help you maintain your mental health and to reverse even the most severe cases.


Disclaimer: This is not medical advice and you should see a professional if you have any health issues. We simply report research based information that may be helpful for others.


Finding the cause of your mental illness is the start to treating it. Cutting of the source will stop the damage from recurring and treatment can begin from there. Poor connections are often the cause of mental disorders. For example, if you have someone in your life constantly putting you down and making you feel worthless your brain chemistry will change and you will believe it. If it’s constant attack from these negative connections you need to cut them off.  


Addressing nutritional deficiencies are also crucial in finding the root cause of the problems. If you eat a poor diet it shouldn’t be a surprise why your mental health is poor as well. Visit the nutritional guide for more information on how certain foods can affect how we think. Sugar is also known to cause depression in many people so avoided it is highly recommended. Vitamin B3 also known as niacin has been studied to have beneficial effects for people suffering with depression. Eating a healthy nutrient dense diet is the backbone for most treatment plans and you should consider it as well.


Vitamin D has also been shown to decrease depression symptoms. Getting some fresh air and going outside is a great way to manage your symptoms. Avoid using sunscreen because it could block out UV rays. It is also important to not use soap for 48 hours after exposure to gain the most vitamin D from a session. An oral supplement is recommended only on cloudy days because the natural raw form is always better. Avoid sitting in the sun through a window because that could decrease your vitamin D levels, you need none filtered exposure.


Speaking to a therapist is a common treatment for mental illness and is recommended because there are no side effects. If you are uncomfortable speaking to a stranger a friend, family member, or spouse can greatly improve your symptoms. In some cases mental illness comes from built up stress and speaking to someone and getting it out is helpful. Visit the stress management of the guide in order to get a better understanding on how stress could be the root cause of mental illness and how to control it.


Exercise has been known to improve symptoms of both anxiety and depression. Focusing on a movement will allow your mind to forget about negative thoughts and will allow you to empty your mind allowing more positive thoughts to come in. Regular exercise improves blood circulation, allowing blood to flow to the brain making it easier to work better. A lack of self-esteem of someone’s personal body image is a huge cause of mental illness for a lot of people and exercising will directly address that. Having a stronger personal connection will also help boost confidence.


Natural herbs such as St John’s wort, Turmeric, Maca Root, and Valerian, have been proven to have beneficial effects for many mental illnesses. These can be healthier alternatives to pharmaceuticals, however it’s still recommended to proceed with caution because everyone’s biology is different.


Having stronger connections in all areas can be a great benefit. A spiritual connection has helped many people manage their symptoms. A sense of disconnection is experienced by many mental illness suffers and stronger connection can help with that. Out of all the connections a personal one may be the strongest. Learning to love one’s self can have dramatic impacts on mental health.


Psilocybin mushrooms have been shown to lower depression for even severally depressed people. This highly illegal substance has now been proven to have amazing results for depression. Another substance called ayahuasca has also been shown to benefit mental health. It’s a shame more research hasn’t been done to show the complete efficacy of these substances. Politics should never get in the way of people’s personal recovery. Connecting with your community can help make a change to this problem.   


Mental health issues can be a serious problem and should be dealt with as soon as possible to maximize your quality of life. Doing things you enjoy and having a positive attitude can benefit you in many ways. Recovery takes time, so do not get frustrated if it doesn’t happen immediately. Just know that there is always hope and even though 1 in 4 people deal with some sort of mental illness doesn’t mean 1 in 4 will allow it to consume their lives. It can be a tough fight but with a holistic healthy lifestyle, a full recovery is very possible.




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