Alternatives to Anti-Depressant Medications
The use of anti-depressants has continued to increase, up 65% since a study on the use of these medications in 1999-2002. In a study conducted in 2011 through 2014 by the National Center for Health Statistics, 13% of Americans over the age of 12 had taken an anti-depressant in the previous month. Every anti-depressant has a long list of potential side effects, which is concerning considering the number of adults on these medications. What if there was an alternative to taking these medications? In many cases, there are options.
Anti-depressants may only put a bandage on a deeper health issue. While some people may feel better equipped to handle emotional stresses on these medications, they often do not fix the underlying problem. Depression and fatigue can be caused by many physical issues that can be treated with natural methods, without the negative side effects or health issues that can be caused by anti-depressants.
Natural Treatments for Depression
There are many hormonal and nutritional imbalances that can impact a person’s mental and emotional state. Often if these imbalances are corrected, so are the symptoms of depression. Some of the natural options that can be considered include:
- Diet and exercise changes
- Hormonal testing and replacement therapy
- Nutritional deficiency testing
- Natural supplements
These options can be explored and with the right regimen, there can be a natural approach that can replace taking anti-depressants. The difference is that the cause of the depression is treated, not just the symptoms.
A naturopathic doctor can help do the necessary testing and evaluation to help find an alternative to taking anti-depressants. It can be a safe and effective option to restore well-being, without the harmful side effects of medications.
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Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta
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