תכשירים אלטרנטיביים לטיפול בדיכאון
תכשירים אלטרנטיביים לטיפול בדיכאון
Depression is a common issue that many people face and it is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Many people with depression also have co-occurring disorders like substance abuse problems or sleep disorders that can increase the negative symptoms of both and make recovery very difficult.
As a culture, we have a total lack of creative thinking when it comes to treating depression. When we or someone we know is depressed, we often think their only two options are prescription psychiatric medications and therapy. And most likely, medication is front of mind.
Well, without going into the pros and cons of psychiatric medications, let’s say this: Medication is not the only option when it comes to treating depression. If you live with depression but opt not to take one of these medications, you still have other options.
Some people look to natural remedies to find relief from their symptoms.
Many of these natural remedies have been used medicinally for centuries as folk and alternative treatments. Today, many natural remedies are marketed as mood boosters for people who experience chronic feelings of sadness or hopelessness.
But being "natural" or "alternative" doesn`t necessarily mean those remedies are safe for you to take. Just like conventional medicines, alternative medicines will have an effect on the body, and can be potentially harmful if not used correctly.
Here are several natural remedies that may help lift your mood when you experience mild to moderate depression.
This herbal supplement is a prescription medication to treat depression . Although it may be helpful for mild or moderate depression, use it with caution. St. John`s wort can interfere with many medications, including blood-thinning drugs, birth control pills, chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS medications and drugs to prevent organ rejection after a transplant. Also, avoid taking St. John`s wort while taking antidepressants — the combination can cause serious side effects.
These fats are found in cold-water fish, flaxseed, flax oil, walnuts and some other foods. Omega-3 supplements are being studied as a possible treatment for depression and for depressive symptoms in people with bipolar disorder. While considered generally safe, the supplement can have a fishy taste, and in high doses, it may interact with other medications. Although eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids appears to have heart-healthy benefits, more research is needed to determine if it has an effect on preventing or improving depression.
The supplement called 5-hydroxytryptophan (hi-drok-see-TRIP-to-fan), also known as 5-HTP, may play a role in improving serotonin levels, a chemical that affects mood. But evidence is only preliminary and more research is needed. There is a safety concern that using 5-HTP may cause a severe neurological condition, but the link is not clear. Another safety concern is that 5-HTP could increase the risk of serotonin syndrome — a serious side effect — if taken with certain prescription antidepressants.
Depression, the most common type of mental illness, is the second leading cause of disability and is increasing among Americans. The effect of improved nutrition, particularly with dietary supplements, on depression may provide an alternative to standard medical treatment. Some studies have shown that certain nutrients (e.g., vitamin B complex) are effective at improving depressed mood, although the results are not unequivocal.
GABA is a neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. Low levels of GABA may be linked to anxiety or mood disorders, epilepsy, chronic pain.
Researchers suspect that GABA may boost mood or have a calming, relaxing effect on the nervous system.
Not enough is known about how GABA may interact with drugs, foods, or other herbs and supplements, but use with caution if taking with blood pressure medications.
Natural remedies for depression aren`t a replacement for medical diagnosis and treatment. And natural doesn`t always mean safe. However, for some people certain natural remedies do seem to work well, but more studies are needed to determine which are most likely to help and what side effects they might cause.
Natural alternative remedies are not monitored by the Ministry of Health the same way that medications are. It`s best to do some research before starting any dietary supplement. Make sure you`re buying your these remedies from a reputable company, and find out exactly what they contain.
Also, because some natural remedies can interfere with prescription medications or cause dangerous interactions, talk to your health care provider before taking any supplements.
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