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Natural Treatment Of Depression
Some options: Start with talking therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book" ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
I have been feeling bored and depressed a lot recently. Should i start taking meds for that or is there a natural treatment?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on Cause. : It depends on the cause of your depression. Sometimes it's due to a biological problem, such as low thyroid or low testosterone. Other times it may be due to poor sun exposure, poor nutrition, or not enough exercise. Other times it may be due to unresolved emotional/cognitive problems. You need to find a doctor that will help you figure out the cause. The cause will dictate the treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was on the internet and i came across the natural remedy amoryn.Is this something you would prescribe to treat depression?
No it isnt: Regular antidepressants are much more effective and better regulated than the "natural "product". For example you have to take a max dose of st johns wort (the active ingredient in amoryn) to equal 75mg of tofranil--usual dose 100-300 mg. Using this type of preparation for a pt with clinical depression is, in my opinion, like hunting elephants with a bb gun. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Natural treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same or st john's wort), journaling, light therapy in winter months and support groups. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. For severe depression, medication and therapy work best. ...Read more
Sure!: First of all, make sure your overall health is good. Proper nutrition, exercise and sleep go a long way in treating anxiety and depressive symptoms. Yogo or other centering exercises and meditation are also often very helpful in reducing anxiety and depression. Keep a good social network, and spiritual connections too. ...Read more
Natural approachs: You should discuss any supplements / herbals that you are using or plan to use with your medical provider. These methods are more likely to be effective for mild depression or as an adjunct to traditional medications (with your doctor’s knowledge). I do not recommend on relying on these approaches alone if you have moderate to severe depression. If you feel suicidal, get professional help>. ...Read more
Not enough: For severe depression usually a combination of therapy and medication work best. Natural methods may help some but usually not enough for severe depression. Natural methods include exercise, support groups, journaling and supplements( vitamin d, b complex, omega3). Best to see a mental health professional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different types: About 50-80% of women experience post partum "blues" in the first few weeks after delivery -- with mood lability, tearfulness, & irritability. Post-partum depression (PPD) is more severe, is clinically similar to depression at other times women's' lives -- and lifetime prevalence is 10-25%. Post-partum psychosis is 1-2/1000 women after childbirth. Rx for PPD is antidepressants & talk therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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