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Alternative Treatments for Depression

Some people use herbs, supplements, and other alternative treatments for depression. None of these approaches has been conclusively proven to work. Supplements -- like SAMe and St. John's wort -- can have side effects and cause interactions with other medicines. Never start taking a supplement without talking to your doctor first.

Other alternative treatments -- like acupuncture, hypnosis, and meditation -- may help some people with their symptoms. Since they have few risks, you might want to try them, provided that your doctor provider says it's OK.