I am really glad that you have decided to look at natural remedies for depression, incl. herbal antidepressants. I suspect you don't like the idea of taking antidepressant medication prescribed by your doctor at all. Perhaps you are on antidepressants and they don't help or cause even more problems.
However, before we start, you may want to know more about depression itself. If so, hop over to signs of clinical depression and depression questionnaire (see links below) , I will be here when you return.Antidepressant medication can have some nasty side effects. Natural remedies for depression are the better option in terms of sort- and long-term benefits as well as safety. However, they still contain substances that have an effect on your brain though (and the rest of your body), so choose wisely.
At least, by taking natural antidepressant, you won't be exposing yourself to numerous - depressing - side effects from medication your doctor may want to prescribe (see below). I am going to give you ideas for what you can take. You will need to continue to research for yourself - just by following the links I have provided. You need to feel happy with the natural remedies for depression you decide to take.
Also, lack of sleep is one of the warning signs for depression, so I won't be surprised if you are interested in: Sleep better forever (see newsletter sign-up)
Everything you swallow provides the raw material (or not) for the production of important 'chemicals' (hormones, peptides, neurotransmitters, etc) in your body - all that stuff that ensures that our body does what it is supposed to do. These substances have an effect on all processes in your body, not just what happens in your head.
That is why tablets, such as antidepressants, dished up by the pharmaceutical companies have some 'unexpected' side-effects. Therefore you also have to be choosy about your natural remedies for depression.
In addition, the foods you eat (or don't eat) have an effect on how you feel mentally and emotionally. It is vital to make sensible food choices. Good quality food contains all the natural ingredients for the production of those substances mentioned. We need proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. We need them in a particular combination. (Future articles planned)
I strongly recommend that
you read this article in the Huffington Post: Lies, Damn Lies and Medical Research.
|Please consult your
health-care provider/physician to discuss the
information I have provided before taking remedies or
supplements of any kind.
I have listed the best natural remedies I could suggest, so read on to learn about them all - you'll be amazed how much your can do/take to heal yourself.
Please be aware though that the material on this site is presented as information only, not as medical advice.
Whilst not strictly a 'natural remedy' either and before I talk
more about natural remedies, I really want you to consider
self-hypnosis alongside whatever you decide to take, or indeed
instead of ...
You can start to deal with your depression right now. Hop over to my page on hypnosis for a pioneering download to cure your depression.
If you are still unsure about hypnosis - check out my page: Self hypnosis instruction.
I would really like you to visit the website of the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) for general guidelines on supplementation first of all and then natural remedies for depression. Do a search of the suggested supplements and herbal antidepressants below. This is to help you understand why I suggest them. It will also ensure that you are informed about your particular condition and any potential problems and drug interactions.
All of these can be part of your strategy of dealing with your depression with natural remedies. There is much more you need to do if you want to be beating your depression. I so hope that you will really think about all that stuff that led up to your depression.
Do also read Dr Peter Breggins books about the problem with antidepressant medications and the lack of proper research into the effects of antidepressants and their long-term use. I certainly was shocked to find how little they are tested before they are prescribed!
Taking herbal remedies for depression does not deal with the underlying cause. These
herbs can still be considered 'psychotropic' drugs. They
have an effect on your brain (and other parts of your body).
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These are naturally occurring substances in your body. If your diet is poor, you are stressed, have health problems, food sensitivities/allergies, take medication, you may be deficient of particular vitamins and/or minerals. Deficiencies of those in this list are known to contribute to mental health problems.
The following supplements may help you to achieve better mental
health and I therefore include them on this page on natural
remedies for depression. For further reliable information click
The safest, most effective 'supplementation' comes from eating the right foods of course. However, the right foods aren't always available or you may not get the right intake of nutrients for a number of other reasons.
So, the message is: think again when you are just about to eat another ice-cream, cake, sweet, doughnut, bagel, crisps, chips, lumps of bread, etc.. These provide only 'empty' calories - they fill you up, but don't provide the nutrients you need. Think: fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, olives, fermented foods (such as kefir, sauerkraut). Cut right down on grains. That way all the nutrients work together to provide you just what you need.
If you do decide to take supplements (and I take some), then ensure that you get them from a trusted source. So, supplementation can be a really good idea. Be aware though: cheap supplements are often not of a chemical composition that your body recognises. Even if it does recognise it, it may not be able to absorb it very well. Also other nutrients are needed for your body to be able to utilise the vitamins or minerals you want to supplement.
Low thyroid function: ask your doctor for advice, blood tests and if necessary medication. You may not need any natural antidepressants/herbal antidepressants at all! To learn more about thyroid hormone, and what natural remedies you can take, start with this article.
Discover if you are deficient of iodine and need iodine supplementation - see: wrongdiagnosis.com.
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Your best option is to visit a qualified homeopath, who will treat the ‘whole’ of you. Your experience of what depression is will differ from that of someone else's. Homeopathy treats every condition based on the individual's expression of symptoms.
However, Native Remedies has a 5 star proven homeopathic remedy for depression: Triple Complex Mood Tonic.
Questions about hypnosis? See: Hypnosis online FAQ.
Conventional antidepressant medication should not suddenly be stopped.
I totally understand that you want to come off your antidepressant medication! However, I really want you to ensure that you are well-informed and have the right kind of medical support. When you start to your medication with natural remedies for depression, particularly the herbal antidepressant St John's Wort, you want to know that you are doing it right (there is a small risk of a major problem).
Taking natural antidepressants may be the right way forward, but be sure that you don't just stop taking your prescribed antidepressants.
When you know and understand what you are dealing with, you are more likely to be successful in treating depression naturally, particularly if you have been taking antidepressant medications for a long time.
Your brain will have made changes to adapt to the presence of antidepressants. Coming off antidepressant medication can be really difficult, but I would encourage you to go for it, as it is not nearly as safe as you have probably been led to believe!
The effects of getting off antidepressant medication are such that you and/or your doctor may think that you have not recovered from your original problem. Those withdrawal effects are the result of a too hasty cessation of taking your drugs.
Have a good root around on my site to help you recover - you can do it by relying on your own resources and your own choices. I am rooting for you!
You can become depressed for, what on the surface appears to be, ‘no reason’ at all. It could also be that you have experienced a traumatic event in your life. Either way, you can feel really scared and out of control.
You are likely to want to take just about anything to make you feel better. Certainly many doctors will have neither the knowledge and/or the time to explore anything else with you than antidepressant medication. I so hope that you will do yourself the favour of making sure that you understand what you are taking.
You are less likely to have a relapse down the line when you feel empowered to sort out the problems yourself - self-help, including taking natural remedies for depression can be hugely effective and won't have all the unpleasant antidepressant side effects.
Why take alternative treatments for depression? Here is why - including side effects.
... to name but a few - and all so very depressing! So, consider do the alternatives. The very best antidepressant is making sure that you meet your essential emotional needs. Only you can do that, but it means that you are in charge and don't have to rely on a 'foreign' substance prescribed or not.
You may be reluctant to see a counsellor or psychotherapist. Perhaps you have not been able to find one that you feel happy with. Do visit my page on how to find a counsellor and have another go at finding the right person for you. I hope to have made it a little easier to find a good counsellor, by giving you a list of questions to ask.
In addition - roughly 50% of people who are depressed have relationship problems. There is a really good programme to help you deal effectively with relationship problems and turn your relationship/marriage around for the better - even if only you are interested in doing something about it. Click here for a review of Save The Marriage (or Relationship) by Lee Baucom, PhD.
If you feel down, because your partner/spouse has just left you, then learn how to win him/her back with the Magic of Making Up.
You can absolutely overcome that depression without any medication with nasty side effects, by using natural remedies for depression if you have to. Natural antidepressants or mood lifters for depression will help - in particular omega 3. However, I would really like you to ensure that you are also meeting your essential emotional needs.
Fine-tune your relationship and lift your spirits!
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