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Can I try alternative treatments for depression?

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Some people with depression prefer non-drug approaches to help them manage their condition and feel better. Natural treatments and home remedies may help treat milder forms of depression. But there's no hard evidence that they're effective for moderate to severe depression.

Talk to your doctor about which complementary and alternative treatments might work for you.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John’s Wort and Depression." "Yoga for Health," "Depression and Complementary Health Practices."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John’s Wort and Depression." "Yoga for Health," "Depression and Complementary Health Practices."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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