One reason our organization is not “anti-drug” is because antidepressants (and other conventional medications) sometimes save lives.
This is not to say that natural treatments don’t work for depression—they certainly can, and these interventions often have the potential to be more effective and long-lasting than drugs. However, many families and practitioners are not familiar with natural therapies, and there are situations for which an antidepressant medication may be best. Unfortunately, some of these same drugs kill people by increasing the risk of suicide.
Research confirms that the use of Paxil, already a hot topic for increasing suicidal thought among children and teens, also increases risk of suicide in adults. If you pursue conventional drug therapy, it is critical that you discuss the specific medication with your doctor, select one with the lowest risk, and seek advice on how to monitor its use.
For natural, less risky treatment, here are some suggestions
If you are dealing with depression, seek out a healthcare practitioner who is familiar with the use of amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other supplements. Researcher Dr. William Walsh has described different subgroups for depression and different approaches suitable for each group.
Many of the doctors at www.acam.org and www.aaem.com also treat depression with supplements. You can also check for local naturopaths, chiropractors, and homeopaths. Take the time to look for someone experienced and skilled.