How to deal with depression effectively
without medication

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

How to overcome depression forever

When you want to know how to deal with depression you'll find that there are lots of alternative treatments. They are things you can do, and remedies you can take. You can overcome depression - beating it for ever - with or without the help of a therapist or doctor.

I’m so glad you’re searching for information on how to overcome depression - a sure sign that you will recover sooner rather than later! And you know what? You're much less likely to suffer a relapse further down the line if you take control!

Just in case you’re not sure exactly what depression is, hop over to my depression checklist to have a look at the Depression Warning Signs.  

Are you feeling exhausted, stressed and / or generally ‘under the weather’ as well? If so, take a look at Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms too.

I'll be here when you come back.

Alternative treatments for beating depression

You may find it hard to make any decisions at all right now... I understand this completely.  However, if you want to deal with depression, just take from the list below anything that even 'kind of' appeals to you right now.

Really focus on it, learn it, do it, spend time with it, go for it, commit to it and give it time.  I know it’s hard, but this will be one of the best things you can do to help yourself get better again.

There may be some you really don't think are going to work for you (but do bear in mind that they have worked for others though).  Carefully consider each option.

Focus on what you can do, not on what you think you can't.   There will be something that is going to help you in your particular circumstances and that fits in with your particular interests and needs.

  • Natural Depression Remedies including herbal, homeopathic, nutritional and Ayurvedic
  • Light therapy: we have become rather shy of the sun with all the warnings about cancer. Don’t forget, though - the sun is life-giving
  • Aerobic exercise: there's plenty evidence that it works
  • Self development: getting to know and accept yourself, without judgement, and taking actions that are known to increase happiness
  • Counselling: Human Givens Therapy
  • Life coaching: see womens-law-of-attractions-solutions.com
  • Accepting yourself: rather than giving yourself a hard time for all the things you have done, should have been, haven't done etc. 
  • Relationship counselling: when you want to know how to deal with depression, I would highly recommend face-to-face relationship advice if you are unhappy in your relationship or marriage
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Natural Sleep Remedies: to help you heal with better sleep
  • Psychobiotics - supplying your bowels with specific bacteria that have a particularly beneficial influence on your mental health*. I know - you might find that hard to believe right now... but watch this space!
  • Writing: a great way to offload, without fear of being judged. Regular journaling will help you make it enjoyable
  • Religious practices: the sense of community can help you to overcome depression
  • Making decisions: particularly those you have been putting off 
  • Sorting out relationship problems: if you are not sure whether or not to end your relationship, use my Relationship Compatibility Test)
  • Meditation - I recommend the Silva Life System as it supports your recovery by dealing with all aspects of your life.
  • Tempted to think you are 'Unlucky'?
  • Low self-esteem: do whatever you can to Build Your Self-Esteem
  • Meeting your Essential Emotional Needs in balance
  • Focusing on What Really Matters to You (link to the Good News Network)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique: one of the best natural ways to deal with depression
  • Fish oil: see Fish Oil and Depression
  • Self-Hypnosis
  • Dealing with Boredom
  • Creativity: you are capable of creating an exciting project; a labour of love, using your knowledge or passion.  There is nothing more healing than really getting involved in something that is challenging and has the potential of creating an income as well!
  • Good old self-help: really GOOD self-help to overcome depression.  You have within you all the resources you need to cure your depression all by yourself.
  • Music therapy: watch the inspiring talk below by violinist Robert Gupta from the LA Philharmonic. Robert has a special interest in music and mental health.  Enjoy this wonderful treat...
  • Doing anything different/new and now to break the cycle. Here is a free download of a simple list of pleasant activities that will get you moving.

Overcome depression with or without antidepressants?

I can imagine - from my experience with my clients - what you may have been through.  Of course your situation is uniquely yours, but I so understand of what it can take to deal with depression.

I have witnessed hundreds of clients struggle and ultimately overcome their depression - mostly without medication, by using alternative 'treatments' and by refocusing their attention on something entirely new.

Actually ... they often recovered without any treatment for depression as such. Instead they simply worked hard to ensure that they were meeting their essential emotional needs in balance. To do this, they made the most of their ‘natural’ innate resources.

However, some clients came to me already on antidepressants (mainly SSRIs).

They had already consulted their doctor to find out how to deal with depression. Their doctor may...

  • ... have had little time for them
  • ... have had a limited understanding of how depression could be helped without 'happy pills' 
  • ... not have had a counsellor or therapist at hand to refer their patient to for alternative treatment

The general advice your doctor has been given, at least in the UK, is to 'ideally' prescribe antidepressants and offer talking therapy at the same time. Oh, how that frustrates me!

As a therapist I believe it’s a difficult situation if you have started taking antidepressants and started counselling at the same time. It can make it hard for you to know which treatment is actually working. It complicates the picture, not least because there can be significant side-effects.

Did you know that you are at an increased risk of suffering further depressive episodes when you go on antidepressants?  To speed up your recovery I recommend you consider one of the depression hypnosis downloads from HypnosisDownloads.  The therapists behind these downloads are experts in the treatment of depression.

Alternative, talk to a trained online counsellor as soon as possible right from this site. How convenient is that? And it's confidential and completely anonymous if you want it to be so. Click here for further information.

How to overcome depression - with antidepressants?

I think it would help you to gain a measure of control by informing yourself about the nature of antidepressants.  I find Peter Breggin's books very helpful indeed, and Dr Mercola's website also offers great advice - well backed up by research.

When you feel ready and well-informed - and you know how you can deal with depression by yourself - you can talk to your doctor again.  With his or her help you may be able to gradually reduce your medication, before you can stop it completely. 

It’s important for you to feel that you have found a way of dealing with your depression. You need to feel that's your effort that's making the difference in beating your depression. However, the picture gets complicated when you're making changes in your life whilst taking antidepressants at the same time.

Read on...

Part 3: Natural Depression Remedies

Other people's stories and my replies

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Find your posts and read what others have written.

Read here about other people's experience of dealing with depression.

My alcoholism stages and depression 
From Chris. It was a while before I even realised I was depressed. It took even longer to realise that I was an alcoholic. But the suspicion of a link …

Worried I am going to be on antidepressants Not rated yet
From Stacey I'm 31 years old, happily married with 2 gorgeous children, yet I find myself feeling surprisingly low. I've always been a happy go lucky …

Changing antidepressants? Not rated yet
Elly's reply to Jeanne. How fortunate your sister is to have such a caring sister as you, Jeanne! I am not qualified to advice on any medication and it …

Yelling and screaming triggers my depression Not rated yet
Elly's response to Stacy. I suspect, Stacy, that anyone who feels yelled at is likely to feel upset by it. I can certainly see that you feel completely …

Self obsessed and trapped Not rated yet
Well where do I start? I have always been image conscious and driven in anything I did, but it was a few years ago when it all started to take a deep …

Worried I am going to be on antidepressants 

From Stacey I'm 31 years old, happily married with 2 gorgeous children, yet I find myself feeling surprisingly low. I've always been a happy go lucky …

Changing antidepressants? 

Elly's reply to Jeanne. How fortunate your sister is to have such a caring sister as you, Jeanne! I am not qualified to advice on any medication and it …

Yelling and screaming triggers my depression 

Elly's response to Stacy. I suspect, Stacy, that anyone who feels yelled at is likely to feel upset by it. I can certainly see that you feel completely …

Self obsessed and trapped 

Well where do I start? I have always been image conscious and driven in anything I did, but it was a few years ago when it all started to take a deep …

My alcoholism stages and depression 

From Chris. It was a while before I even realised I was depressed. It took even longer to realise that I was an alcoholic. But the suspicion of a link …

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Related links

Depression Warning Signs
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
Natural Depression Remedies
Relationship Counselling
Natural Sleep Remedies
Alcoholism and Depression

Other helpful links

Psychosomatic Medicine: Depression and exercise

References

*Mercola, J. The Forgotten Organ – Your Microbiota. 09 December 2013, via Mercola.com

Image courtesy of: Marco Chiesa