Doctor You: Natural Recovery from Depression
Videos accompany this information, and we recommend that you watch
the videos as you begin learning about your options for dealing with
depression. Although you may find some repetition, the videos will help
you process the information in this book and we strongly suggest that
you watch them.
Feelings of guilt are one of the characteristics of depression, and an
aspect considered by doctors who are making a diagnosis. Guilt can be
one of the triggers for depression, but it is also a result.
Depression sufferers feel responsible for losses in the lives of others that come as a result of their depression. Many commercials for anti-depressants emphasize that feeling of responsibility and use it to convince people to begin taking the drugs. Those battling depression may feel embarrassed or fear being thought of as weak.
Depression is not a crime. Neither is it something to be ashamed of.
Great people–and many, many people–have been through times of depression.
Some of the great heroes of the Bible, among them Job, David
and Elijah, have gone through periods of depression, sometimes severe.
Elijah wanted to die, and David cursed the day he was born. In fact a
good many of the Psalms seem to have been written when David was in
seasons of depression.
Whatever path has brought you to this place where you feel sad and
weary, you can recover by natural means. This book contains some
suggestions for your recovery. The path into light and joy is before you.
Begin the journey.
Depression involves the mind and body, and affects how a sufferer feels,
thinks and behaves. Depression is associated with a variety of emotional
and physical problems. A depressed person may have trouble carrying
on with normal day-to-day activities, such as working at a job, maintaining
a home and participating in relationships. Because life can be
so altered by depression, and activities that normally bring joy can be
overwhelming, a person sometimes loses his or her interest in life.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness, nor is it
something that you can simply “snap out” of. Depression is a chronic
illness. Arriving at this place took some time, and moving away from it
will require time as well.
If you are suffering from depression, give yourself time to recover. Don’t
be hard on yourself.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression symptoms include:
- Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
- Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- Reduced sex drive
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
- Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy
- Even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming
- yourself when things aren’t going right
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it’s obvious
something isn’t right. Other people feel generally miserable or unhappy
without really knowing why.
Depression can be a result of emotional and mental pressures, of physical
stress, of vitamin deficiencies, hormone changes, and any combination
of those things. For that reason, depression affects people in
different ways, which means depression symptoms vary from person to
person. There are many social and physical factors that can change the
way depression manifests. Symptoms can be particularly different for
different age groups.
For instance, symptoms of depression can be different in children and
teens than they are in adults. In younger children, symptoms of depression
may include sadness, irritability, hopelessness and worry, while
symptoms in adolescents and teens may include anxiety, anger and
avoidance of social interaction.
Changes in thinking and sleep are common signs of depression in adolescents
and adults, but are not as common in younger children.
In children and teens, depression often occurs along with behavior
problems and other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or attention-
deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD: for more information on
ADHD see the Doctor You ADHD page).
While depression is not uncommon in older adults, it often goes undiagnosed
and untreated. Many adults with depression feel reluctant to
seek help when they’re feeling down. Also, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep
problems or loss of interest in sex may seem to be caused by other illnesses,
or may be presumed to be a part of the normal aging process, so
depression may not be considered as a reason for them.
Depression in older adults can be recognized by such things as their saying
they feel dissatisfied with life in general, bored, helpless or worthless.
They may always want to stay at home, rather than going out to socialize
or doing new things. Of all people with depression, older adult men
are at the highest risk of suicide, so suicidal thinking or feelings in older
adults is a should never be taken lightly, especially in men.
Addressing Serious Depression / Suicide
Depression symptoms may not get better on their own, and depression
may get worse if it isn’t treated. Untreated depression can lead to other
mental and physical health problems or problems in other areas of life,
so if you are suffering, ask for help. Since feelings of depression can also
lead to suicide, it is a good idea to talk to a friend or loved one, a health
care professional, a spiritual or psychological counselor, or someone else
Suicidal thoughts should be addressed right away. Depression could be
said to be potentially fatal because of the risk of suicide. Such a tragic
result of depression can be avoided by taking action. If you have suicidal
thoughts, contact a family member or friend and ask for help. If you are
uncomfortable doing that, call a suicide hot line number. In the United
States, you can reach the toll-free, 24-hour hot line of the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to talk to a trained counselor.
If you feel very troubled; if you think you may hurt yourself or attempt
suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If you
have a loved one who has harmed himself or herself, or is seriously considering
doing so, make sure someone stays with that person. Take him
or her to the hospital or call for emergency help.
Typical Causes of Depression
As with many mental illnesses, it appears a variety of factors may be
involved in or contributors to depression. One is biological differences.
People with depression appear to have physical changes in their brains.
The significance of these changes is still uncertain but may eventually
help pinpoint causes. Also, depression is more common in people whose
biological family members also have the condition. Another possible
factor is neurotransmitters. These naturally occurring brain chemicals
linked to mood are thought to play a direct role in depression. Hormone
imbalances and hormonal changes can also play a role in depression.
Changes in the body’s balance of hormones may be involved in
triggering or contributing to depression. These hormonal changes can
result from thyroid problems, menopause and a number of other conditions.
Life events such as the death or loss of a loved one, financial problems
and other stressful circumstances can trigger depression. Additionally,
traumatic events during childhood, such as abuse or loss of a parent,
may cause permanent changes in the brain that can potentially make a
person more susceptible to depression.
Who Is More Likely to Develop Depression?
Depression often begins when a sufferer is in his / her late 20s, but
depression can begin at any age. Twice as many women are diagnosed
with depression as men, but this may be due to the greater likelihood
that women will seek treatment for depression.
These are some characteristics that many depression sufferers have in
- Biological relatives with depression
- Female sex
- Traumatic childhood experiences
- Biological relatives with a history of alcoholism
- Family members who have committed suicide
- Stressful life events, such as the death of a loved one
- Few friends or other personal relationships
- Recently haven given birth (postpartum depression)
- A depressed mood as a child
- A serious illness, such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s or HIV/
- Personality traits, such as having low self-esteem and being overly dependent, self-critical or pessimistic
- Abusing alcohol, nicotine or illicit drugs
- Certain medications such as high blood pressure meds, sleeping pills or some others can contribute to depression
Complications that Sometimes Accompany Depression
Untreated depression can result in emotional, behavioral and health
problems that affect every area of your life. Some people struggling with
depression experience alcohol abuse , substance abuse, anxiety, heart
disease and other medical conditions, work or school problems, family
conflicts, relationship difficulties, social isolation, and sometimes even
What Conventional Medicine Typically Recommends for Depression
First Step: Diagnosis
To be diagnosed with major depression, a sufferer would have five or
more of the following symptoms over a two-week period. At least one
of the symptoms must be either a depressed mood or a loss of interest
or pleasure. Symptoms could be based on your own feelings or based on
the observations of someone else. They include:
Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, such as feeling
sad, empty or tearful (in children and adolescents, depressed mood
can appear as constant irritability)
Diminished interest or feeling no pleasure in all or nearly all activities
most of the day, nearly every day
Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease
or increase in appetite nearly every day (in children, failure to gain
weight as expected for their age can be a sign of depression)
Insomnia or increased desire to sleep nearly every day
Either restlessness or slowed behavior that can be observed by others
Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly
Trouble making decisions, or trouble thinking or concentrating
nearly every day
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a suicide attempt
To be considered major depression symptoms must be severe enough to
cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities, such as work, school,
social activities or relationships with others. Also, symptoms present
would not be caused by an addiction or severe life change from loss or
death of a loved one.
Medical professionals categorize different types of depression. Among
them are adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, cyclothymic disorder,
and dysthymia. Postpartum depression is a common type of depression
that occurs in new mothers, often beginning four to eight weeks
after delivery and lasting for months. This type of depression is probably
related to physical issues such as hormone changes and a drop in
blood volume. Psychotic depression is severe depression accompanied
by psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations. Schizoaffective
disorder is a condition in which a person meets the criteria for both
schizophrenia and a mood disorder. Seasonal affective disorder is a type
of depression is related to changes in seasons and diminished exposure
Common Medical Therapies
A severely depressed person may need a doctor, loved one or guardian to
guide his / her care until he / she is well enough to participate in decision
making. Medical professionals sometimes suggest that severely depressed
person may need a hospital stay, or may need to participate in an
outpatient treatment program until symptoms improve. The potential
for suicide and accompanying liability means that medical professionals
take depression quite seriously.
Medications are typically recommended for those suffering from
depression. A number of antidepressant medications are available to
treat depression. There are several different types of antidepressants.
Antidepressants are generally categorized by how they affect the naturally
occurring chemicals in your brain to change your mood. Types of
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Many doctors start
depression treatment by prescribing an SSRI. SSRIs include fluoxetine
(Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa)
and escitalopram (Lexapro). The most common side effects include
decreased sexual desire and delayed orgasm. There are additional side
effects that sometimes go away as a person adjusts to the medication.
These side effects can include digestive problems, jitteriness, restlessness,
headache and insomnia.
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). These
medications include duloxetine (Cymbalta), venlafaxine (Effexor)
and desvenlafaxine (Pristiq). Side effects are similar to those caused by
SSRIs. In high doses these medications can also cause increased sweating
SSRIs and erratic behavior
People with liverdisease can risk harm if they take duloxetine.
Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs). Bupropion
(Wellbutrin) falls into this category. It’s one of the few antidepressants
that doesn’t cause sexual side effects. However, at high doses
bupropion may increase the risk of seizures.
Trazodone (Desyrel) and mirtazapine (Remeron). Both of these antidepressants
are sedating and are usually taken in the evening. In some
cases, one of these medications is added to other antidepressants to help
Tricyclic antidepressants. These antidepressants have been used for years
and are generally as effective as newer medications. But because they
tend to have more numerous and more severe side effects, a tricyclic
antidepressant generally isn’t prescribed unless an SSRI has been tried
first without an improvement in depression. Side effects can include low
blood pressure, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, urinary retention,
fast heartbeat and confusion. Older adults taking these medications
are susceptible to memory problems, confusion and hallucinations.
Tricyclic antidepressants are also known to cause weight gain.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). MAOIs such as tranylcypromine
(Parnate) and phenelzine (Nardil) are usually prescribed as a last
resort, when other medications haven’t worked. That’s because MAOIs
can have serious harmful side effects. They require a strict diet because
of dangerous (or even deadly) interactions with foods such as certain
cheeses, pickles and wines and some medications including decongestants.
Selegiline (Emsam) is a newer MAOI that a person would stick
on his / her skin as a patch rather than swallowing. It may cause fewer
side effects than other MAOIs.
Other medications that are sometimes prescribed for depression include
stimulants, mood-stabilizing medications, anti-anxiety medications or antipsychotic
medications. In some cases a doctor may recommend combining
two or more antidepressants or other medications for better effect.
It is not wise to stop taking an antidepressant without talking to your
doctor first since some antidepressants can cause withdrawal symptoms
unless they are slowly tapered off. Quitting suddenly may cause a sudden
worsening of depression.
Some antidepressants may pose an increased health risk to an unborn
child or nursing child when taken by the mother.
Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes potential
suicide risks that are increased by some antidepressant medications. The
FDA now requires that all antidepressant medications carry black box
warnings. These are the strictest warnings that the FDA can issue for
The antidepressant warnings note that in some cases, children, adolescents
and young adults ages 18 to 24 may have an increase in suicidal
thoughts or behavior when taking antidepressants. Because of this risk,
people in these age groups must be closely monitored by loved ones,
caregivers and health care providers while taking antidepressants. If you
someone has suicidal thoughts when taking an antidepressant, emergency
help should be sought immediately.
Psychological counseling is another key depression treatment. Psychotherapy
is a general term for a way of treating depression by talking
about your condition and related issues with a mental health provider.
Psychotherapy is also known as therapy, talk therapy, counseling or
psychosocial therapy. Through these talk sessions, a sufferer learns about
the causes of depression so that he / she can better understand it. A
person may also learn how to identify and make changes in unhealthy
behavior or thoughts, explore relationships and experiences, find better
ways to cope and solve problems, and set realistic goals
for one’s life. Psychotherapy can sometimes help a person regain a sense
of happiness and control in life and help ease depression symptoms such
as hopelessness and anger. Talk therapy can also help with adjusting to a
crisis or other difficulty that has to do with circumstances.
There are several types of psychotherapy that are effective for depression.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most commonly used
therapies. This type of therapy helps you identify negative beliefs and
behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. It’s based on the
idea that your own thoughts rather than other people’s opinions determine
how you feel or behave. Even if an unwanted situation doesn’t
change, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
In ECT, electrical currents are passed through the brain. This procedure
is thought to affect levels of neurotransmitters in your brain. Although
many people are leery of ECT and its side effects, it typically offers
immediate relief of even severe depression when other treatments don’t
work. It’s unclear how this therapy relieves the signs and symptoms of
depression. The most common side effect is confusion, which can last
from a few minutes to several hours. Some people also have memory
ECT is usually used for people who don’t get better with medications
and for those at high risk of suicide. This therapy is sometimes used for
people with severe depression and high risk of suicide who can’t take
medications for medical reasons.
In some people, depression is so severe that a hospital stay is needed.
Clearly it’s best to address depression quickly before it becomes severe.
Other Aspects of Conventional Treatment
Vagus nerve stimulation is a treatment that uses electrical impulses
with a surgically implanted pulse generator to affect mood centers of
the brain. This is considered an option if you have chronic, treatmentresistant
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is another type of brain stimulation
therapy. With this treatment, powerful magnetic fields are used to alter
brain activity. A large electromagnetic coil is held against the scalp near
the forehead to produce an electrical current in the brain.
Risk & Benefit Considerations for Conventional Therapies
The electronic interventions seem extreme and harsh. There are side
effects, or consequences associated with the use of those interventions.
There are more gentle interventions such as holosync and micro tens
that are not only proven safe, but also proven effective.
As mentioned in the descriptions of the drug therapies, antidepressants
often have side effects, some severe. SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors, often given for depression, are associated with many
negative side effects, one of which is possible suicide risk.
The word ‘inhibitor’ that is found in the names of many of the drugs
prescribed for depression means that a chemical your body makes
because it believes it needs it is being blocked. The typical response of
the body is to make more of the substance being blocked. This is at
least part of the reason why someone taking the inhibitors often prescribed
to treat depression may suddenly become suicidal: the body has
made amounts of these chemicals large enough to be sure they won’t be
Doctor You is all about finding ways to work with the body to help your
body and mind restore balance. Opposing the body and its functions–as
many prescription medications do–often serves to bring about more
problems and more severe ones.
At any time when one treats symptoms instead of addressing an illness,
the illness likely continues, untreated, beneath the symptoms. Are you
prepared to continue taking antidepressants for the rest of your life, or
would you prefer to consider some natural approaches that can potentially
allow you to recover your health?
As you will learn in the next section, there are simple, safe, healthy, and
even pleasant alternative therapies that are scientifically proven effective
in facilitating recovery from depression.
Natural Alternatives to Conventional Treatments
Sufferers should learn to pay attention to warning signs that signal deepening
depression. Family members or friends can be asked to help watch
for warning signs.
Feelings of guilt often accompany depression, and are even one of the
symptoms of depression. Often we feel guilty even when we haven’t really
done anything significantly wrong. We might feel guilty if our child
can’t find a pair of matched socks or the person behind us in traffic is
upset that we did not go through the yellow light. Our modern lifestyles
are filled with unnecessary pressures and manufactured crises.
Even if you have done something genuinely wrong you can find forgiveness.
You can also forgive others, which goes a long way toward finding
your own forgiveness; and you can forgive yourself. An author, Brennan
Manning, has written many books helpful in understanding and accessing
the power of forgiveness.
Exercise is also helpful. Physical activity reduces depression symptoms.
Walking, jogging, swimming, gardening or taking up a pleasant sport or
active hobby can help overcome depression.
Alcohol or drugs might seem to lessen depression symptoms, but in the
long run they generally worsen symptoms and make depression harder
to treat. Therefore it is best if depression sufferers avoid them.
Sleeping well is especially important when battling depression. If sleep
is elusive natural means of improving sleep such as always rising at the
same time in the morning can be helpful.
Learning about depression can be empowering and helpful. Understanding
the issues and embracing the steps toward recovery can help a
sufferer feel more in control of his / her life.
Alternative Therapies for Depression
Because of the suicide risk inherent in severe depression, decisions about
therapy should be made carefully. While conventional drug therapies
are considered to be protection against possible suicide, they can also
exacerbate suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Lifestyle changes and supplements are proven to be as effective in deal17
ing with depression as many conventional treatments. However, lifestyle
changes require a greater commitment than popping a happy pill. If you
are unwilling or unable to assume responsibility for your own well-being
you may not wish to pursue a natural course of recovery.
Mind – Body Connection
The connection between mind and body has been studied for centuries.
Complementary and alternative medicine practitioners believe the
mind and body must be in harmony for you to stay healthy. Mind-body
techniques used to improve depression symptoms include:
Audio brain retrainment such as Holosync or Hemisync
Coping and Support
These suggestions may help in recovering zest for life, joy and energy:
Simplify your life; set reasonable goals, don’t over-commit, and be
easy on yourself if you don’t feel you can keep up with your normal
Keeping a journal can improve mood by providing an escape valve
for pain, anger, fear or other emotions
Joining a support group; connecting with others facing similar challenges
can help sufferers cope–and not feel so alone.
Participating in social activities, and getting together with family or
friends regularly prevents feelings of isolation and makes support a
more natural part of life.
A healthy diet, regular exercise and plenty of sleep helps in a healing
Relax and intentional stress management by means of meditation,
yoga and tai chi can help.
Schedules and activities should be structured to prevent undertaking
too much and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Important decisions should not be made at down times.
Exercise increases the body’s production of endorphins—chemical
substances that can relieve depression so adding regular exercise to
the schedule can positively affect mood and help with depression.
Forgive yourself and others. It is said that bitterness is like taking
poison and hoping someone else gets sick. Stop taking the poison.
An analysis of four properly conducted trials of severely depressed
patients comparing the effects of one form of counseling intervention,
cognitive behavior therapy, with the effects of antidepressant drugs was
published in 1999. In that report, cognitive behavior therapy was at
least as effective as drug therapy. While the outcome of counseling may
be more variable than outcomes from drug or natural substance interventions,
many healthcare professionals consider counseling an important
part of recovery for depression not due to identifiable biochemical
A rhythmic breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY)
may be an effective alternative to antidepressant drugs as an initial
treatment for people with clinical depression. In a controlled trial, daily
45-minute SKY sessions six days per week produced a 67% remission
rate among people with a diagnosis of depression.
This effect compared favorably with the effects
of electro-shock therapy and the antidepressant drug imipramine; however,
no placebo was used in this study. SKY technique is taught by the
Art of Living Foundation.
The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving
general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found
benefit in the following healthy eating tips:
Feast on fish People who eat diets high in omega-3 fatty acids from fish
have a lower incidence of depression and suicide.
Restricting sugar and caffeine has been reported to elevate mood in
some studies. Those battling depression may want to avoid caffeine and
sugar for one week to see how it affects mood.
Studies have shown that food allergies can trigger mental symptoms,
including depression. An elimination diet can help identify sensitivities.
What You Might Expect
Exercise can serve to raise energy levels and even help to raise self
esteem–provided it doesn’t become a compulsion with a guilt cycle if a
planned exercise time is missed. Holosync and other brain retrainment
therapies may help in overcoming depression, and improve overall sense
Supplements for overcoming depression
Supplements for Overcoming Depression
It should be noted that, ideally, though they are safer and better for
you, supplements should not be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle any
more than prescription drugs should. The best approach is to live a
healthy lifestyle rather than living an unhealthy one and expecting a pill
or a handfull of pills to make it all better. Dietary supplements are not
regulated by the FDA, which means they are not specifically approved
as treatments. However, many studies indicate that they are equally as or
even more effective than pharmaceutical compounds (synthetic drugs).
If you are continuing to take prescription medications, you will want to
check to see if there is any conflict between them and the supplements
you are considering taking.
St. John’s wort. Known scientifically as Hypericum perforatum, this is
an herb that’s been used for centuries to treat a variety of ills, including
Now Foods Mood Support With St Johns Wort Veg-capsules, 90-Count
SAMe. Pronounced “sammy,” this is a synthetic form of a chemical that
occurs naturally in the body. The name is short for S-adenosylmethionine.
Nature Made SAM-e Complete 400mg, 36 Tablets
Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating a diet rich in omega-3s or taking omega-3
supplements may help ease depression and also appears to have a number
of other health benefits. These healthy fats are found in cold-water
fish, flaxseed, flax oil, walnuts and some other foods.
Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula, 180-Count
EPA 1 to 2 grams daily EPA or 9.6 grams daily of total omega-3 fatty
acids Found in fish oil, EPA has been shown to relieve depression symptoms
in some studies.
Nordic Naturals EPA Formula, 1000 mg, 120 Soft Gels
Folic Acid: Taking folic acid can help correct deficiencies associated
Nature Made Folic Acid 400mcg, 250 Tablets (Pack of 3)
Iron: A lack of iron can make depression worse; check with a doctor to
find out if you are iron deficient.
Nature Made Iron 65mg, Equivalent to 325 mg Ferrous Sulfate – 300 Tablets
Vitamin B12: Taking vitamin B12 can help counteract deficiencies
related to depression.
Vitamin B6: Oral contraceptives can deplete the body of vitamin B6, a
nutrient needed for normal mental functioning. In such cases, vitamin
B6 supplementation may improve mood.
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B Complex Sublingual Liquid, 2 Ounce (Pack of 4)
5-HTP: Depression has been linked to serotonin imbalances in the
brain. Supplementing with 5-HTP may increase serotonin synthesis and
NOW Foods 5-HTP 100mg, 120 VCaps
Black Cohosh and St. John’s Wort: Menopausal and depression symptoms
improved in post menopausal women after they took a combination
of black cohosh and St. John’s wort.
Nature’s Bounty Natural Whole Herb Black Cohosh 540mg, 100 Capsules (Pack of 2)
Now Foods Mood Support With St Johns Wort Veg-capsules, 90-Count
Fish Oil: Depressed people have been reported to have low amounts
of omega-3 fatty acids. Taking fish oil can replenish stores and stave off
Ginkgo 240 mg daily: Ginkgo may alleviate depression in elderly people
not responding to antidepressant drugs.
Inositol 12 grams daily: People with depression may have lower levels of
Twinlab Inositol Caps 500mg, 100 Capsules (Pack of 3)
L-Tryptophan 3 to 6 grams per day: Several controlled trials have found
L-tryptophan as effective as antidepressant medications.
Source Naturals L-Tryptophan 500mg, 120 Capsules
L-Tyrosine: Some people with depression have been found to improve
Melatonin .25 to 10 mg daily: Melatonin might help relieve depression.
However, there is a possibility that it could exacerbate depression, so it
should be used with caution
Phenylalanine 3 to 4 grams L-phenylalanine or 150 to 200 mg of
DL-phenylalanine daily [2 stars] In one study, depressed people given
L-phenylalanine experienced results comparable to those produced by
NOW Foods L-Phenylalanine 500mg, 120 Capsules
Vitamin D 400 to 800 IU daily: Some studies have shown that supplementing
with vitamin D leads to improved mood.
NOW Foods Liquid Vitamin D-3 5000Iu/Dropper, 2 ounce
Calcium: Taken with vitamin D, calcium significantly improved mood
in people without depression in one study.
Chromium: In a few case reports, chromium has improved mood in
people with a type of depression called dysthymic disorder.
Damiana has traditionally been used to treat people with depression.
NADH: One study suggested that supplementing with NADH may
help people with depression.
Phosphatidylserine affects the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain
related to mood and has been shown in research to reduce the severity
Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, and for this reason have been
suggested to help remedy depression.
Vervain is a traditional herb used for depression.
Nature’s Answer Blue Vervain Herb, 1-Ounce
Yohimbine (the active component of yohimbe) inhibits monoamine
oxidase and therefore may be beneficial in treating depression.
Protandim®, a supplement of five combined herbs, is proven to support
healthy levels of mitochondria, and can serve to improve energy levels
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