Friday, October 20, 2006

Natural Treatment for Depression – It IS Possible!

Depression is one of the most common psychological and emotional problems American adults encounter. A study reports that about 13 to 20 percent of American adults have some form of depressive symptoms. Unfortunately, many severe cases of depression can ultimately lead to suicide.

Are there any solutions and treatments available to stem this unfortunate tide? Fortunately, the answer to this is yes. Unfortunately again, many of these treatments involves a soup of medicines that may have some form or side effect. As we discussed previously psychotherapy is another solution that is gaining popularity due to the favorable results they have exhibited.

For some people, the question that remains is if there are any “natural” depression treatments available that do not involve some cocktail of hard-to-spell medications that can be taken as a preventive and beneficial alternative to mainstream treatments. The answer is yes. Although it is recommended that any form of depression should be consulted with a doctor let’s take a look at a list of natural supplements that may help alleviate symptoms of depression.

It Starts with the Diet

Depression can be treated with better nutrition. Studies have shown that such treatment not only has a beneficial effect on the person’s physical health, but also a favorable effect on the person’s mental and emotional health. This nutritional treatment includes modification of diet, vitamins and minerals, and the addition of some amino acid supplements.

The amino acid supplements are essential elements that are precursors to neurotransmitters. The amino acids D, L-pheylalanine and L-tyrosine are a viable alternative to antidepressant drugs.

A deficiency in vitamins and minerals in the body can also cause depression. If this condition is corrected, depression owing to this cause can be alleviated. Even if you are not sure if you lack vitamins and minerals, supplementing your diet with them will often improve symptoms related to depression and will contribute to better overall health.

Some Very Useful Herbs

The herb St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) in an extracted standardized form is being used in Germany and other European countries to treat depression in its mild and moderate forms. It is also known to alleviate anxiety and sleep disorders.

This herb claims many benefits – among them are its anti-depressive and antiviral properties.

The Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba) extract, while not a primary treatment for major cases of depression, is an excellent supplement to any depression-related syndrome. Studies are beginning to show that Ginkgo can be used to treat some forms of depression that are not responsive to antidepressant agents. In cases of resistant depression, Ginkgo Biloba is beginning to appear attractive to the medical world.

Cut Back on Those Soft Drinks

Many practitioners advocate a nutrition oriented approach to treating depression. They believe that the answer to the depression question can be found in the diet of a person. Studies show that a decrease in the intake of sugars and refined carbohydrates can produce relief from symptoms of depression.

This diet will entail cutting out sugary drinks, pasta, white bread, and other processed foods. For your carbohydrate needs, it would be better to stick to grains, whole wheat, and other natural plant based carbohydrates. Also, cutting down on these kinds of food can do wonders for one’s overall health.

This treatment is recommended for those who feel depressed and languid during the late hours of the morning and the afternoon. For these people, eating sugary foods will induce a temporary feeling of alleviation from depression. However, this is only for a few minutes, and the body automatically reverts to languid depression.

Depression is one serious disorder that should not be taken for granted. Some people will equate depression with other natural feelings such as anger, happiness, and sadness. However, depression is much more complicated than that. It is a disorder and an ailment that can be treated by natural or medical means. It would do well to consult your doctor for more information on dealing with depression.


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I love this. We are the one who control our mind and body and thus we can control our signs of depression as well. Hope that depression sufferers to remain strong fighting their illness and reach our true potential.

Be strong!

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Anita said...

A supplement should not substitute medications prescribed by doctors. However, they can be taken together with natural supplements. It can greatly optimize the function of the thyroid gland.

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Yes thats possible, If you prefer natural therapies, then you might be searching for home remedies for depression. There is no evidence that any alternative treatment or home remedy is effective in treating moderate to severe depression. However, some people with mild depression may find benefit from home remedies through increased relaxation.Thanks for sharing your blog with us.

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I'm glad that you've written a post to help depressed people in the most natural way. It's always preferable to consume natural treatments of the same effectiveness (or even more) as compared to pharmaceutical medication, since the side effects are also milder.
One of the natural treatments for depression I know is communicating your feelings and emotions to someone who is really lending his full ears to listen. Learn more at

TonyF said...

Diet always worked for me. If you eat a hot dog and 12 cups of coffe per day it's not a great surprise that you might feel miserable.
Also exercise is very important. I go to gym anytime I can and I feel great.
I've never been a fan of antidepressive pills anyways.

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Depression treatments can be as varied as the individuals who suffer from the disorder. Depression can affect each person differently and so the best possible avenue for treatment will depend on each individual's particular needs.
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