Most drugs used to ‘treat depression’ do nothing of the sort. They give a false sense of normalcy as they seek to imitate the real ‘feel good’ hormones in the brain. And because the drugs act like the good hormones, eventually the body stops producing its own, thus a dependency is introduced. This is why anti-depressants become so addictive. The body stops making its own good chemicals because all it needs are being supplied externally; there is diminishing hope of the body recovering that function. Therefore, to not be depressed, external chemicals in the form of pharmaceutical drugs are constantly and persistently needed. It becomes a life-long crutch and addiction.

For those with mild to moderate depression, and not having any other psychotic issues, non-drug ways are available to alleviate or even eliminate depression. Increasing researching into depression shows the following ways are the most effective natural cures.

  1. Exercise
  2. Sun Exposure
  3. Acupuncture
  4. Fish Oils
  5. Eliminate carbohydrates

Exercise, or any type of strenuous physical activity, releases endorphins and other feel good chemicals in the body, thereby boosting mood.

Significant recent research has demonstrated the critical need for getting enough sun. Adequate sun exposure is critical to stimulate and fire off many bodily processes, notably through the production of Vitamin-D. Lack of sun is thought to cause Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD), obesity, insomnia, and numerous other conditions. For those in northern latitudes less able to get sun during the winter, consider a Vit-D supplement or buying the goLITE by Philips, which reduces SAD, insomnia, and other conditions caused by low light exposure.

Acupuncture is a wholly effective way to rebalance the body on many levels, including adrenals, ‘feel good’ hormones, and thyroid to cure depression.  Clinical trials have shown acupuncture to be useful at alleviating postpartum depression, and countless case studies in both China and the US prove acupuncture’s effectiveness at improving mood and fighting depression.

Omega-3 fish oils are not only good for the cardiovascular system, they’re good for the brain as well.  Recent clinical trials prove combining fish oils with other depression treatments significantly increases success relative to stand-alone depression treatments. Increasing research also shows the omega-3s in fish oils can act alone to improve mood and brain function.

Contrary to the Ayurveda perspective on treating depression with sweet flavors, many people find eliminating carbohydrates helps to stabilize and improve mood.  By curbing blood sugar spikes and subsequent crashes, balanced energy is achieved leading to more confidence and improved outlook, thus reducing depression. Eliminating carbohydrate addiction also serves to balance hormone, thyroid, and adrenal function, thereby restoring proper secretion of feel good chemicals in the brain.

While curing depression is complex and often benefits from Talk Therapy, from a bio-chemical perspective, in the long-run pharmaceutical drugs are unlikely to be the best choice. Consider a more natural holistic approach. Any and all of the above can be combined for best results; seek the advice of a mental healthcare professional for further treatment.