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Alternative Medicine Depression
Do you guys have experience in giving out alternative medicine for treatment resistant depression such as modvigil or memantine or something else?
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Depression treatment: I commend you for your desire for Good Health. Improve Physical Health, Emotional Health, Intellectual Health, and Spiritual Health. Have Balanced Diet. Drink lot of water. Have regular bowel habits. Have good sleep. Exercise-walk, hike, swim Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery,Yoga, Meditation Do Tai Chi and Qigong Feel Blessings of your Body and Mind. Feel Wonders of Universe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take levothyroxine and armour thyroid but it's been causing depression and chest pain. Is there an alternative medicine I could be prescribed?
Sure this is cause?: I've had hundreds of patients on these meds and none have reported depression or chest pain; I question if these are the cause. Only options are levothyroxine, natural thyroid (Armour or Naturethroid) & liothyronine (which is seldom used on its own). It's unusual to take both levo. & Armour. Those with thyroiditis may react to Armour, or you may not be taking enough. See http://tinyurl.com/6gvsxqu ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Integrative therapy: Alternative treatments for depression include acupuncture, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, meditation, coaching, and herbal supplementation. St. John's wort has been shown to improve mild depression. Of course, it is best to see a trained holistic professional before starting this or any alternative or traditional therapy. ...Read more
Yes.: Seek an expert mental health professional who takes the time to hear you & to begin to know you clinically. Listen to him/her. Engage. If that professional communicates effectively with you, work with him/her. Expertly managed psycho-active meds may be crucial, but it is a comprehensive process not just a prescription that will determine your response/recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Absolutely: There are many effective treatments for depression that do not involve medications of any kind. Several well-established forms of talk therapy have proven at least as effective as mediations, if not more so. If you'e looking for a magic pill that isn't a medicine, then that's tougher. Health food stores have such products, but they are largely untested & may be neither safer nor as effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but check in.: Depression may be helped by daily physical activity, a regular meditation practice, and counseling. In addition, there are some natural remedies that may be helpful in certain cases such as saint john's wort and s-adenosyl-methionine. However, if you suffer from depression, it is important to work with a health care professional and get the help you need. Sometimes that means synthetic medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more
Hello.I have bipolar depression.I'm on Quetiazic 300,controlepsy 100 and centalify 10.Which medicine causes my weight gain?Are there any alternatives?
Weight gain: Most likely to cause weight gain are Quetiazic and Centalify, known as Seroquel and Abilify (aripiprazole) in the U.S. Not sure why you need both meds, which target the same symptoms. Discuss lowering dose of one or the other with prescribing doctor. Consider exam with primary care doctor to check for medical causes of weight gain as well, eg., thyroid, blood sugar. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Make yr own decision: if you are 33 years old and that totally controlled by your mother's opinions, perhaps you can find a way to start being your own person. If you want to try medication for your anxiety and depression, this seems perfectly rational to me. You may also want to see a psychotherapist for talk therapy, both for the anxiety and depression as well as for assertiveness training and boundary setting. ...Read more
Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...Read more
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