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Antidepressant Alternatives

At Alternative to Meds Center, we utilize effective antidepressant alternatives treatments that can resolve the problem of remaining on medication for a lifetime.

Whether users struggle with adverse effects, the ineffectiveness of the medication, or simply want to treat their mental health naturally, antidepressant alternatives may be the answer that was overlooked.

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Antidepressant Alternatives
Alternative to Meds gives expert treatment in the form of antidepressant alternatives and we’ve been going strong for over 15 years. We have published evidence tracking the wonderful results of our clients. We take the time to study the lab tests, find anomalies in nutrient profiles, and resolve them, look at how to mitigate genetic markers, remove neurotoxic contaminants, promote healing in many, many ways. Drug-free therapy is more effective and less harmful than traditional drug-based “therapy” which usually doesn’t fix anything but only numbs the patient’s awareness of the problems. We invite you to find out more about how we may be able to help you or your loved one. 
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Antidepressant Alternative Treatments

alternative treatments for depressionAlternative treatments for anxiety and depression come in many forms that don’t require medication for effective results. Choosing natural antidepressant alternatives instead of relying on prescription drugs could be a better answer. Depression can ultimately be greatly relieved if not entirely resolved through correcting underlying issues, along with other changes that will support natural mental health and wellness.

Alternative to Meds Center employs intricate techniques of alternative medicine and medication tapering to allow individuals to come off medication comfortably; and transition into an alternative medicine treatment regimen. Do you wish to watch yourself, or a loved one start living the life you know can be possible? Through antidepressant alternatives people can get their lives back; with no more antidepressant side effects, no more chemical agents, and no more depression. Alternative medicine and alternative to psychiatry approaches do not cover up depressive symptoms with drugs. Most of us have ‘been there, done that” with pitiful results. Alternative practitioners take their time in finding the right combination of therapies, changes in lifestyle, and anything else each different person requires for optimal mental health. The alternative medicine approach focuses on each person uniquely, instead of prescribing the same drug to every depressed patient. Each person who uses medication alternatives practices their own unique set of tailored alternatives for their specific needs.

Prescription Drugs and the Failure to Cure

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Alternatives can be used in place of medications such as Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, and Paxil. With scientific and complementary approaches, you can get off antidepressants and the alternative holistic treatments that are widely available in today’s world can lead a person to a much healthier condition.

Many clinical studies continue to show that natural substances can be just as, if not more effective than the commonly prescribed medications that are prescribed each year despite their toxic and sometimes lethal effects, and their failure to cure.1

SAD and Depression

Restoring Your Brain ChemistrySAD or seasonal affective disorder is a term given to a feeling of low mood which primarily comes on in the fall & winter seasons, where days shorten and hours of sunlight contract. In northern climes, the travel industry provides welcome relief by offering “get-away” specials, and a chance to escape the “winter blues.”

The drugmakers offer “solutions” in the form of antidepressant medication. Did you know there are alternatives to antidepressants that can help with SAD? 

Melatonin is a precursor to serotonin, and increasing light exposure to the eyes and skin boosts the production of this important hormone.4 This is why light therapy is thought to be so helpful for depression related to the shorter days of sunlight that occur seasonally. Melatonin levels drop as we age, and a deficiency can introduce other symptoms such as insomnia. Below is a summary of various things you can do to help with SAD.5

Antidepressants Alternatives can include but not limited to:

  • Light therapy – get some quick coaching on the best daily use of therapeutic lights.  **
  • Counseling, learn relaxation techniques such as those taught in mindfulness training.  
  • Improve diet to include organic vegetables and fruits, adequate daily protein, avoid sugars and caffeine and food additives that may exacerbate the blues.
  • Adequate sleep – many people find melatonin (precursor to serotonin) can help to improve the quality of sleep.  
  • Mild exercise – releases endorphins (natural happy chemicals) *
  • Strive to maintain healthy social contacts, and avoid toxic people, workmates, etc., as much as possible. 

* Studies show exercise and exposure to sunlight can immensely improve overall health and feeling of well-being.

** An estimated 60-80% of people report positive results from light therapy.

Body-Centered Antidepressant Alternatives

talk therapyAlternatives to antidepressants may include acupuncture, controlled breathing techniques, biofeedback, dietary changes, food therapy, vitamin therapy, nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, herbal supplements, dietary supplements, exercise, hypnosis, yoga, reflexology, massage therapy, sound therapy, talk therapy, counseling, and other forms of therapy. There are many genres of counseling including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness coaching, lifestyle coaching, exposure therapy, and others. Exercise is one of the most rewarding and easiest practices to get into on a regular basis. Exercise is available in many different forms and is one of many antidepressant alternatives and natural therapies. Exercising allows good things to flow through the body, reduces stress, and builds confidence among many other positive things. Stress reduction and confidence-building are two excellent steps in a plan for effective alternatives to antidepressant medication. 

Antidepressant Alternative Therapies

Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that has been used as an effective depression alternatives treatment. Acupuncture increases blood flow and inner balance, among many other benefits. Many people’s depression could be attributed to deficiencies, imbalances, and blocks within the body and mind. From the surface of the skin, acupuncture allows the balance to flow, and blockages to be released. Acupuncture and exercise both boost endorphins; endorphins are the natural, feel-good chemicals in our bodies. Therefore, acupuncture and exercise can have calming and relaxing effects. Acupuncture can relieve and release physical pain and emotional pain. Acupuncture is another example of excellent antidepressant alternatives that can be used in Celexa alternatives treatment plans, as well as other antidepressant replacement plans.

Antidepressant natural treatmentsMassage therapy and reflexology therapy are incredibly relaxing and healing therapies. Massage releases tension and stress and is healthy for the body and mind. Biofeedback is another one of the alternatives to antidepressants. This form of treatment naturally and gradually coaches brainwave patterns to function healthily and properly. Drugmakers sell the idea of making these changes chemically, based on nothing but conjecture. Antidepressant alternatives help in ways that are just as effective as or more effective than prescription drugs but are safer to implement. Alternative mental health treatments just don’t have the same potential for negative or adverse effects. At Alternative to Meds Center, each treatment regimen is entirely unique and customized for every client. We incorporate a comprehensive combination of treatments that will help each unique set of factors for our clients.

Food, Microbiome, Lifestyle Factors   

natural antidepressant therapiesWe may often forget that the same insults which our body would receive from a poor diet, negatively impact our brains and CNS as well.

If a person does not supply the body with correct nutrients, in the correct quantities, the body cannot function at maximum capacity. Add to this a compromised microbiome that just isn’t breaking down nutrients that are consumed, makes a perfect storm for both mental and physical problems. A diet that does not contain the nutrients, enzymes, etc., that the gut needs for keeping the colon clear, and keeping the immune system strong is a sure predictor of problems in the body. 

Handling Root Causes for Symptoms  

There can be many different factors that are negatively impacting a person. For instance, perhaps the individual is overwhelmed in a life that is unfulfilling and they need a better or different environment to make changes. Perhaps toxic relationships are causing untenable distress and these need to be worked on as part of an overall plan. Perhaps one has gotten complacent and needs to overhaul their exercise, diet, and fitness regimens. There can also be genetic factors at play, making it difficult for the body to metabolize certain nutrients in the body. All of these areas can be addressed for positive improvements. 

sauna treatment at Alternative to MedsBut we find by far that one the main culprits in symptoms like depression, anxiety, insomnia. mood swings and other complaints is that the body will test positive for an accumulation of toxic residues. These could be heavy metals from dentistry, from medications, or other exposures in the home or from work, from cleaning products, from pollution, from food additives, etc. The good news is that the body responds positively when these are eliminated through colonics, low-temperature sauna, chelation, and other cleansing methods. How exciting to be able to rid oneself of toxic sludge and the symptoms that are relieved by doing so.

Alternative to Meds Antidepressant Alternatives Work 

Healthy Thanksgiving Food IdeasAlternative to Meds Center is not a typical drug rehab. Our facility has the goal to discover the underlying medical reasons why a person may be depressed. Our treatment program uses the following methods: lab testing, orthomolecular medicine, natural substances that stabilize the neurochemistry, cleansing and purification for the dislodging of built-up environmental neurotoxins, medication withdrawal tapering techniques, IV nutrient treatment and other nutritional treatments, support from peers, yoga, massage, exercise, personal training, counseling and healing therapies that are alternative to psychiatry to address depression and offer effective antidepressant alternative treatments.2

We find success here daily. Weekly, we hold graduations in celebration of the successes of our participants. Family and friends are warmly welcome to attend. Amazing tales have been told at these graduations, sometimes recounting many decades of untold strife and struggling, now talked about with incredible clarity. Seeing this is an inspiration knowing they have all of the tools to keep up their new-found healthy lifestyle and be a symbol of hope for others. You are invited to give us a call at the center and find out about the antidepressant alternatives that are available for you or your loved one.


1. Ng Q, Venkatanarayanan N, Ho C,  “Clinical use of Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort) in depression: A meta-analysis,” [Internet] 2017 Mar [cited 2020 Sep 13]

2.  “What Causes Depression?” Harvard Medical School Pub. [Internet] 2009 Jun, updated 2019 Jun [cited 2020 Sep 13]

3. “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – symptoms and causes.” Mayo Clinic Info Letter [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Sep 13]

4. “Mindfulness exercises” Mayo Clinic Info letter [Internet] 2008 Aug 17 [cited 2020 Sep 13]

5.  “Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress.”: Mayo Clinic Information Letter [Internet] 2020 Aug 18 [cited 2020 Sep 13]



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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