Natural / Alternative Treatments for Depression?

Natural / Alternative Treatments for Depression?


Now, a lot of people have asked here about
alternative therapies. Somebody specifically mentioned natural healing methods. Depending
on what you mean by natural, I don’t really recommend herbs and things like that. The
evidence for those things…if you remember ten years ago they talked a lot about St.
John’s Wort and people reported some good results and I think it lost a lot of popularity
because it wasn’t regulated all that well and I don’t think everybody found it to
be sort of this miracle natural cure. I don’t recommend too many of those things just because
I haven’t enough effectiveness. I haven’t seen it recorded very much. Well, like if
we’re thinking natural beyond anything that’s not medication, I’m saying that therapy
can be very, very helpful. Really, a track record, especially with cognitive behavioral
therapy for depression, some people like these self-help books. There’s two that I tend to recommend and
these are both in the vein of a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy, but it’s
good for people if cost and time is an issue and want to try the self-help route. One book
that I recommend is called Mind Over Mood. That’s by two authors – Greenberger and
Padesky. That is a workbook, actually. You write in it. It’s a structured kind of treatment.
The pros of it as I’ve been told by my patients who have used it are that it’s very user-friendly
and it takes you through it step-by-step-by-step. Some of the criticisms I’ve heard is that
it might be a little too simplistic almost. Some people wanted to kind of speed it up
and they found themselves getting far too basic information. The other book that’s extremely popular…let’s
see if we can add the link to the broadcast later for those coming to read the text. One
second here. Here it is. Yeah, we’ll add this link. It’s the Feeling Good Handbook
and there are a lot of different versions of this by Dr. Burns – very, very popular.
I think there was a formal workbook. There’s also more of a page turner that you just sit
and read – very, very popular. I’ve heard really, basically, just good things about
it from my patients and one criticism is that the main text is actually quite large and
some people thought it a little daunting, but the material is fantastic. Okay, let’s
move on here. Let’s see what else we got. Oh, sorry. Going back to some alternative
therapy, I forgot to mention the light box. I actually have one here so let me get it
on the screen for you. Light therapy is usually considered an adjunct to other types of treatments.
The idea is, essentially, you know when they first made it you had to, basically, stick
your face inside this box for 20 minutes at a time. Now, like a little box like the one
I have here, you just turn it around and you just kind of have it pointed at you while
you’re on the computer or surfing the internet and the idea is that it stimulates serotonin
production and things like that.

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