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Alternatives to Anti-Depressants…

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Depression has a way of burrowing itself into one’s mind and body. And, whether it’s short-term or persists, it robs people of the ability to make the most of their lives, which makes people feel more depressed. When depression persists and extends for a number of years, it can be very hard to treat, but there are alternatives to prescriptions drugs.

It is said that the best proven non-medication treatment for depression is psychotherapy. Many studies show that it works as well as medications, at least until people are very severely depressed. The two types of psychotherapy best studied for depression are cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy.

Data shows that the relationship between therapist and patient is an essential element of the cure. So, it’s important to choose a therapist that is well regarded, that you like and that you feel has your best interests at heart. If you don’t click with the first therapist you try, try another.

Research has also shown that exercising vigorously for at least 30 minutes a day can act as an antidepressant. To further ward off the effects of depression, it’s important to eat well, meditate, and maintain good social relationships.

Other alternatives treatments to depression include St. John’s wort and S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAM-e). Although not as well studied as antidepressants, there is pretty good evidence that they are helpful for depression. Take a look at this government Web site for a ton of information on both St. John’s wort and SAM-e.