Recent studies suggest that about half of the people who suffer from anxiety and depression use some kind of holistic therapy to help with their symptoms.
Part of the reason people might be attracted to integrative care for depression or anxiety is the holistic perspective found in most integrative approaches. This perspective takes into account the complex nature of depressive and anxiety disorders and the numerous reasons why people experience them.
Mind-body practices are techniques you can use to enhance the mind’s positive impact on the body—and vice versa. Examples sometimes used in the treatment of depression and anxiety include:
- Relaxation training
These practices have been an important part of traditional healing approaches for millennia (e.g. Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan Medicine). In addition, hypnosis is used by conventional psychotherapists, dentists, and other health professionals.