This article considers the following alternative treatment for depression:
These alternative healing approaches can be used in addition to taking antidepressants, or as a step in tackling depression and treatment without the use of drugs.
The article is based on extracts from Peter Field's book, The Chi of Change.
I will pass you over to psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and author, Peter Field to tell you more...
‘Antidepressants’ have been created in the belief that a lack of seratonin is the cause of depression.
Please see your Doctor if antidepressants are your treatment of preference.
Yet, in my view, there are many causes of depression. And so there are many alternative treatments for depression to match each of those causes or to address multiple causes.
Depending on which of the depression causes (listed here) resonate with you, you might consider taking one or many of the following healing approaches:
Treat the symptoms of the illness.
Get appropriate treatment, if available, to heal the illness.
Learn to manage the condition.
If you suspect lack of light to be the depression cause then take a vitamin D3 oil-based supplement and use a full-spectrum light bulb or light table.
Spend time when possible outdoors during daylight hours.
If you suspect nutritional deficiencies as the depression cause then consider the following:
Additional EPA. This fatty acid is shown to be
beneficial for people with depression. (Bourne, 2005; Martens, 2009; Parker et
· Vitamin D3 (Hogberg et al.2012; Hoag et al. 2011)
· Vitamin B12 (Teimer et al. 2002; Lindenbaum et al. 1998)
· Folic acid (Zhao et al. 2011; Teimer et al. 2002)
· Magnesium (Chouinard, 1990; Giannini, 2002)
· SAMe (Mischoulon, 2002).
You might consider working with a nutritionist experienced in helping people with depression.
Nutritional supplements for depression are especially helpful when the body is depleted, or is incapable of absorbing sufficient amounts of certain nutrients through food. (The most accurate way to determine this is through blood tests.)
Nutritional supplements for depression are best used only in the preliminary stages of recovery.
Check for food sensitivities through an elimination diet.
During an elimination diet you systematically eliminate and then reintroduce items such as wheat, dairy, etc. Observe any changes in mood.
(Katherine Owen, webmaster: If you find you are worse around chemicals, consider that you may have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Symptoms of MCS can include depression - they do for me.)
Raise your mood and
Take up a regular programme of exercise. (Note from Katherine T Owen: Be aware that an inappropriately high level of exercise can be dangerous for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME.)
Spend time outdoors
Many people feel nurtured by spending time outdoors.
Where possible, change any circumstance which you believe to be the cause of depression:
For example, if you are unhappy with your living arrangements, look for different accommodation.
Such changes may come at a cost. It may well mean giving up something you would rather keep – a sense of the familiar, for example.
What if the depression cause lies within your life circumstances and yet there is nothing you can do about it?
For example, if you are on this website, perhaps the depression cause is one of the following:
There are many reasons why you may not be able to change the circumstances which are the cause of depression.
There are some things in life that we have to learn to cope with. Maybe that means we will have to deal with feelings of real unhappiness from
time to time – and those times might last far too long for our liking.
If you are experiencing depression, you need to nurture yourself and take care of your own emotional needs and emotional healing. You must put yourself first. You will need courage and stoicism.
If you have a close friend or understanding relative, they can be invaluable in helping you to bear the load.
If no such person is available, then a counsellor can be of enormous help.
There is an upcoming article on 'hypnosis for depression' for more advice on what to do when you can't change the depression cause within your life circumstances.
Note from webmaster, Katherine T Owen:
An important first step in coping with depression is to reach some level of acceptance. Acceptance allows you to say "OK, I have a problem now.
I feel depressed.
It's OK for me to feel this way.
It's OK for me to seek help."
Thank you so much to Peter for his article.
Whether you choose
...to take antidepressants,
...to use alternative treatment for depression
...or to use a combination of the two,
I wish you patience and self love in the moment when depression is with you,
and a speedy journey into lighter, brighter times.
Move from Alternative Treatment for Depression to Peter Field's article which includes A list of depression symptoms.
Read my review of Peter Field's book. His book which allows you to gain insight into your own psychology.