According to a 2004 Rand Corporation report, depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity.
Many people who are suffering from mild to moderate
depression, are choosing to either forego drugs entirely,
or to supplement the minimum dosage their doctor will
prescribe, with natural treatment for depression.
This can include a number of lifestyle alterations, and
even herbal treatment for depression. The choices are
entirely up to the patient, who as always, should consult
with their physician before undertaking any regimen on
One of the first things that Naturopaths will look at for a
client suffering from depression, is dietary deficiencies.
They may ask you to have blood tests that will measure
levels of such things as the B complex vitamins in your
system. These have been identified as some of the vitamins
that figure largely in natural treatment for depression.
Of course, a balanced, healthy diet is of prime importance.
Next, comes vitamin supplements, with an emphasis on those
your body is lacking.
Add to those things, a good exercise program consisting of
at least three "aerobic", or concentrated sessions of
exercise a week. This can not only reduce stress, but burn
off the adrenalin that comes with anxiety. Exercise
produces natural endorphins as well.
With your doctor's approval, you can also try some of the
herbal treatments for depression, but only if they are
aware of what you are taking, in order to check for
contraindications against any other medications you might
St. John's Wort is the herb cited most frequently for
treatment of depression, but the amount to be taken can
vary greatly between patients, from as little as 300mg
daily to as much as 2700mg. This is where consultation with
your doctor and a Naturopath can help.
Some studies have also show that Gingko Bilboa is
beneficial, as are herbs specific to treatment of "female
problems", such as PMS, menopause, and post natal
If natural treatment for depression is the path you want to
follow, get the very best advice you can, and get yourself
back on the road to good mental health.