Anti depressants are being prescribed at alarming rates. It us fine for severe depression but over kill for most patients. Often regular exercise, a well balanced diet, and stress management are all that is needed.
When that is not enough then there are natural supplements that can help. Fish oil at three grams of DHA/EPA per day has been shown to help. Be sure that you get purified mercury free fish oil. St. John’s wort is an herb that is a gentler version of prescription anti-depressants. Use 300 mg up to 1800 mg per day. SAM-e is another natural way to improve depression by gently increasing your neurotransmitters. Use 200 mg up to 400 mg twice a day. 5-HTP is a natural precursor to your neurotransmitter Serotonin. Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters that is increased when using most anti-depressants. Take 150 to 300 mg per day of 5-HTP. Do not take St. John’s wort, SAM-e, 5-HTP with prescription anti-depressants or with each other. Combining agents can end up in serious side effects. Try one and if it does not work after getting to the max dose then discontinue that supplement and try a different one.
If your depression still is not controlled I advise that you get your hormones evaluated. Testosterone in particular is a great antidepressant for both men and women. Utilizing bio-identical hormones (Progesterone. Estrogen, and Testosterone in particular) can be a great help in optimizing your mood. If you are feeling depressed you do not have to be stuck on anti-depressants. There are many natural treatments that can help you. Seek the help of a physician trained in Regenerative medicine (also known as anti-aging medicine to some people). Optimal health and well being can be achieved if you are willing to invest a little time and money into it.