Holistic approach as opposed to medication to treat your depression?

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    Patti wrote...

     

    Have you chosen a holistic approach as opposed to medication to treat your depression??

     

    I have been suffering from depression for some time now but have been reluctant to use prescribed medication due to the adverse side effects. I have been considering the purchase of natural supplements that increase as well as stabilize serotonin levels. Please share names of supplements you have tried and have been effective for you.
     

     

     

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    Dear Patti,

     

    There are a number of supplements that can be used for depression. I'm sure some of our members will share their experiences with you.

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    Before buying and taking any supplements, I'd advise you to talk with your doctor. Even these "natural" supplements act as drugs in the body. They can interact with both over-the-counter and prescription medications, and some shouldn't be used if you have any other health problems.

     

    I'm not saying not to try supplements, but please be careful?

     

    Good luck,

     

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Published On: October 22, 2007