…Without the use of drugs!
There are numerous ways one can deal with depression without using drugs. You are obviously going to get your Doctor or Psychiatrist going on about these treatments not being tested; things like certain supplements or having dubious results.
Well, compare the fact that vitamin C has likely not ever killed anyone. There are some supplements that have a more erratic history but this information needs to be taken with the proper comparative data.
1. St John’s Wort – $55 million spent on this one annually in the US of A. For the purpose of alleviating depression. There are side effects of this one. The majority of side effects, I have found, from the bit of research that I’ve done, is when taken in conjunction with pharmaceuticals that are also taken for the purposes of alleviating depression. Pretty easy to find the side effects of these anti-depressant drugs. As anything you take, do your own research and make sure that the products that you take play well together.
2. Exercise – The Mayo Clinic(http://www.mayoclinic.org) recommends exercise. Exercise can help in a couple of ways according to their website. From a ‘chemical’ standpoint, it releases ‘good’ chemicals into your system(in a much more natural way than anti-depressants). Some of these are: neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids. Secondly, exercise tends to take your mind off your worries, increases confidence and pride and often gets one out and about so there is more social interaction.
3. EMpowerPlus: This is product developed in Alberta Canada by a company called TrueHope(http://www.truehope.com/depression.html) Lots of testimonials and accolades. A combination of vitamins and minerals developed originally to specifically deal with BiPolar Disorder. One of the developer’s wives committed suicide as a result of this mental disorder and was determined to come up with a natural solution, which seems to work for a LOT of people.
(More info at Amazon.com: EMPowerplus Q96 – Improve Brain Function And Boost Mood, Mood Enhancement Supplement Stabilizer With Micronutrients, Multivitamins for Improved Mental Clarity, Focus, and Brain Health, 120 Capsules)
4. Fast Food – Keep Away… Per The Science Daily )https://www.sciencedaily.com) “…A 42% increase in the risk [of depression] associated with fast food was found,…”. There are numerous studies showing the relationship of depression and fast/junk food. This is not a simple change for many as with it comes a bit of a lifestyle change. If you are not going to eat at McDonald’s or order in Chinese food, what are you going to do. Learn to cook? This will actually do a couple of things(learning to cook, I mean) – it will get you healthier, which will obviously lessen depression and it will also get you more active, so you don’t ‘think’ so much.
5. Go for a walk. Likely one of the simplest and most effective. This is a bit like the exercise thing but not exactly. I heard a story once about a woman who was very depressed after having a baby. After nothing else working, a friend took her out for a walk. She make her walk away from her home until she almost couldn’t walk any more then return home. Within a few days she was completely better. If you are going to try this one, don’t go out to ‘think’. While walking, look at things or touch things. Look at trees, buildings, fire hydrants, lampposts. If you have to make a game with yourself, then look for thing of different shapes or sizes or colours or whatever. Figure out the game as you go or before you go. That way you are forcing your attention outwards instead of introspecting. Always healthier that way.
I really hope that you try some of these things.