New Mental Health Blogs and Alternative Mental Health Treatments

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Welcome New Mental Health Bloggers

During our morning work meetings at, we frequently talk about the importance of sharing mental health experiences and how sharing can be helpful to others. The concept permeates our company culture and thus the focus of our website.

Fortunately, we've found three fantastic people who believe in that concept to share their personal experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace website. All are award-winning mental health bloggers who will be writing, doing audio posts and videos, providing insights into their worlds and hopefully passing on something to make your world a little better.

  1. ADDaboy! adult ADHD blog by Douglas Cootey
  2. Bipolar Vida by Cristina Fender
  3. Nitty Gritty of Anxiety by Aimee White

You can find them everyday on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs homepage. Of course, we have a "blogs" link at the top of every page on the site. I encourage you to drop by, read their posts, leave your comments and since we're just getting started, share their urls with others you know.

If you have a moment, you can also watch Aimee and Douglas, who were recents guests on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. Click the on-demand button on the player and watch the shows on "Social Anxiety" and "ADHD and Depression."

Alternative Mental Health Treatments

About 15 years ago, I remember writing an article titled "Alternative Treatments for Mental Health! Right?!" Generally speaking, most people, especially the medical establishment, didn't take the subject matter seriously.

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Today, the HealthyPlace Alternative Mental Health Community has over 300 pages of content on herbal treatments, vitamins, and complementary therapies to help treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, anxiety and other mental illnesses. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Through research, books, and yes, even personal anecdotes, what we've come to understand is that there is a place for alternative approaches to mental health treatment.  Treatments such as self-help, diet and nutrition, stress reduction and art therapies all have a place in the healing process.

Our guest on this week's HealthyPlace TV Show talks about this in great detail (see below). Dr. Patricia Garberg even discussed treatments that will greatly diminish or alleviate some of the side-effects of antidepressants.

Share Your Mental Health Experiences

Share your experiences with adult ADHD and depression or any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT

"Alternative Mental Health Treatments" On HealthyPlace TV

Dr. Patricia Gerbarg practices Integrative Psychiatry, combining standard with complementary treatments. She's written an award-winning book on the subject and says those complementary treatments work for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, but there are certain things you should know BEFORE you try them.

You can watch the interview on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show website.

Coming in January and February on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • For Adult Women: What To Do When Earlier Attempts at Eating Disorder Recovery Have Failed
  • Bipolar Vida blogger, Cristina Fender
  • Why for many, "Once a Self-Injurer, Always a Self-Injurer"

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share you personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

Click here for a list of previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Shows.

Coaching Emotional Literacy to Children

As parents, we spend a lot of time making sure our kids can read, write, and do basic math. But when was the last time you spoke to your child about how to give voice to his/her emotional feelings?

The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has some coaching tips to advance your child's emotional literacy.

Mental Health Chat on

A note for those of you who missed the chatrooms on our site. We've updated our chat from private message only to the usual chatrooms where many can gather to discuss their mental health concerns. Once you log into the HealthyPlace Mental Health Support Network, click the "chatroom icon" located on the left side of the bottom bar on your screen.

And if you're not yet a member, come join us. Just register on our site. It's free.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2010, January 20). New Mental Health Blogs and Alternative Mental Health Treatments, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 23 from

Last Updated: September 5, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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