Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may occur after exposure to extreme traumatic events, such as natural disasters (example, floods accidents (e.g., car accidents, fire), and man-made, (e.g., war camps, torture, wars) traumatic events (APA 1980; 1987; 1994). The core symptoms and diagnostic criteria according to the DSM (III, III-R, and IV) are reexperiencing the trauma; numbing of responsiveness and avoidance; and hyperarousal. The condition is highly prevalent, with considerable morbidity and high co morbidity with other psychiatric disorders, such as major depression (APA 1980;1987; 1994).


...In summary, there are a variety of clinically proven nutraceuticals for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Products such as Anxiety Balance manufactured by Priority One Nutritional Supplements contain many of the ingredients necessary for rebalancing neurotransmitters in individual patients who have posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Also available from thiscompany are single amino acids such as 5- HTP and 5- MTHF. 

Toward culturally centered integrative care for addressing mental health disparities among ethnic minorities.

Holden, Kisha; McGregor, Brian; Thandi, Poonam; Fresh, Edith; Sheats, Kameron; Belton, Allyson; Mattox, Gail; Satcher, David

Psychological Services, Vol 11(4), Nov 2014, 357-368.



Despite decades of research, recognition and treatment of mental illness and its comorbidities still remain a significant public health problem in the United States. Ethnic minorities are identified as a population that is vulnerable to mental health disparities and face unique challenges pertaining to mental health care. Psychiatric illness is associated with great physical, emotional, functional, and societal burden. The primary health care setting may be a promising venue for screening, assessment, and treatment of mental illnesses for ethnic minority populations. We propose a comprehensive, innovative, culturally centered integrated care model to address the complexities within the health care system, from the individual level, which includes provider and patient factors, to the system level, which includes practice culture and system functionality issues. Our multidisciplinary investigative team acknowledges the importance of providing culturally tailored integrative health care to holistically concentrate on physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral problems among ethnic minorities in a primary care setting. It is our intention that the proposed model will be useful for health practitioners, contribute to the reduction of mental health disparities, and promote better mental health and well-being for ethnic minority individuals, families, and communities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved). 





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