Skip to content

Depression Health Center

A Depression Recovery Lifestyle

Font Size
A
A
A

Considering Alternative Treatments

You might be thinking about trying alternative medicines or therapies. However, you should check with your health care provider before trying any herbs or supplements. There is no firm evidence that any alternative medicines work as well for depression as prescription medicines do. Some can cause serious side effects or interact with other drugs. Just because something is natural doesn't mean it's safe.

But some other alternative therapies, while unproven, are widely considered safe. You might try relaxation techniques, meditation, hypnosis, massage, or acupuncture.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 07, 2014
1 | 2

Today on WebMD

contemplation
Differences between feeling depressed and feeling blue.
light therapy
What are the symptoms?
 
depressed man sitting on hallway floor
Learn the truth about this serious illness.
Sad woman looking out of the window
Tips to stay the treatment course.
 
unhappy teen boy
Health Check
woman relaxing with exercise ball
Article
 
Pills with smiley faces
Article
Teen girl huddled outside house
Article
 
Depressed man sitting in hospital hallway
Article
antidepressants slideshow
Article
 
pill bottle
Article
Winding path
Article