Alternatives in Mental Health Care

Choices within Psychological Health

Gone are those days when mental patients had to depend only on sedative medications and to some extend talk therapies such as counseling. With the advancement of science, new approaches of mental wellness are coming forwards that we can use as alternatives in the mental health care industry. Depending on the patient’s needs, these alternative approaches can serve either stand-alone or support of standard psychological treatment. Here are some glimpses of alternative treatments that can ensure a better mental health in today’s world.

1. Art Therapy

In this treatment, art is being used in the creative process that helps the clients to explore and reconcile their inner emotions, reduce anxiety, develop self-awareness, manage behavior, cope up with trauma and most importantly increase self-confidence and self-esteem. In case of trauma, art therapy is very effective as it offers the patients a ‘visual language’ as they often lack words to express feelings. The art therapists need the expertise in human development, counseling and psychology and it is proven to be effective for rehabilitation of the people with mental disorder.

2. Dance/Movement Therapy

Since 1940s, the movement or dance therapy is being used as the complement of the western medicine treatment. Here the therapeutic use of movement promotes emotion, creativity and mental, physical and social health. This therapy encourages exploring oneself with the interconnection between mind, body and spirit. Even it is effective to remove depression and promote wellbeing in certain situations.

3. Hypnotherapy

In the modern concept, hypnotherapy is a proven way of improving mental health condition as it focuses on the deep relaxation. Though lots of people have misconception that hypnotized persons are stay in the state of ‘asleep’, they actually remain in the heightened state of awareness. For centuries, this therapy is being used as the method of pain control, relaxation and stress management. Moreover, it helps to treat wide range of emotional, psychological and physical disorder. It helps the therapists to understand the root cause of mental problem to that they can precede in their treatments. 


4. Laughter Therapy

It is also known as Humor Therapy is formed on the benefits of laughter that is effective to reduce anxiety and depression, promote positive mood and boost immunity. With the help of laughter, patients get relieve from physical and emotional stress and they can cop up with pain. It is effective for insomnia and improving sleep quality.

5. Light Therapy

In order to treat seasonal affective disorder, light therapy gained popularity in 1980s. Controlling the exposure for the intense level of light, the therapy is effective to treat bipolar depression, sleeping disorder, eating disorder and many more.

6. Music Therapy

Music is helpful to lower stress and reduce anxiety. That’s why the therapists use it as musical interventions like listening to music, writing music lyrics, making music etc so that the patients can get access to managing their stress, expressing emotions, improving communication and memory and alleviating pain. In fact it helps to improve overall physical and mental wellness.


Thus, mental health care field is now highly benefited with several alternative treatments apart from traditional medication and shock treatment.