Nine Alternative Depression Treatments to Try

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a way of re-training your brain to think and believe more positive thoughts. The belief behind it is that words and thoughts can create either a negative or positive energy and that this negative energy can make you sick, weak, and heavy whereas the positive energy can leave you energized, healthy, and radiant.

The Law of Attraction is an example of this, as well as Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research on ‘Water and Resonance.’ By practicing cognitive behavioral therapy we can teach ourselves to change our instinctual thoughts to be of a more positive nature and can, therefore, bring light and radiance back into how we feel which would encourage healing.

Reiki and Acupuncture

Similar to the energy work mentioned above, Reiki is a form of energy healing through healing touch. Reiki isn’t a spiritual or religious practice and is becoming more common in modern medicine as it has shown great benefits for a wide variety of ailments.

It’s been shown to assist with those suffering from depression as it reinstates a more positive energy into the affected parts of the body.

Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that works by stimulating certain pressure points throughout the body to promote healing by balancing the body’s natural energy.

Energy work has often been questioned by modern medicine but is becoming more popular. Acupuncture focuses on the organs and pressure points associated with depression and its side effects to promote healing.

Change of Diet

Many people have found that a change in diet can greatly affect how they feel, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally as well. By eating healthy, whole foods instead of processed or hard to digest foods, we get a higher intake of natural vitamins and nutrients. This feeds our bodies and our brains encouraging a natural balance in chemicals and reactions within the body.


There are many different lifestyle and diet choices so it’s important to talk to a nutritionist or naturopath so you can find a meal plan that’s best suited to your needs.

Vitamins & Supplements, and Hormone Balance

If a dramatic change in diet and lifestyle doesn’t seem like something that would work for you, perhaps finding relief through vitamins and supplements would be better suited for your routine.

Vitamins and herbs are some of the best supplements for depression and energy. Supplements are becoming more common in the treatment of depression as they are known to increase mood, health, and support the body’s natural function. They are popular as well because they are seen as a healthier alternative to antidepressants. Some of the popular options are:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B
  • Fish Oil
  • Magnesium
  • SAMe
  • 5-HTP
  • L-Tryptophan
  • L-Theanine

These are still considered to be medications and therefore should be discussed with your physician before you take them to ensure that they won’t interact with current medications or conditions and you can be prescribed an appropriate dose for your needs.


Modern medicine has had a great impact on the treatment of depression and it’s symptoms but many people are starting to look for more natural options or alternative therapies that may be less aggressive than antidepressants.

In addition to a supportive environment, finding a combination of treatments that work for you can promote a natural healing and help bring your livelihood back. It’s important to speak with your physician before engaging in any dramatic lifestyle changes but many of the above options should encourage more positivity and mood stabilization.

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