SSRI Alternatives

SSRI Alternatives

Alternative to Meds Center offers forms of SSRI alternatives help for individuals who desire other answers besides staying on antidepressant medication and suffering side effects.


Many people, even those already taking SSRIs, AKA selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or other antidepressants, have interest and questions about what their options are for SSRI alternative treatments. Alternatives used for depression are often based on an integrative approach which draws from the entire range of possible treatment methods, including psychotherapy, holistic treatment modalities, non-pharmacological options, and in some cases even pharmacological options. This offers for better long-term recovery and symptom resolution than any one effort by itself. An alternative, integrative health care counselor or practitioner will fully evaluate a client’s history and physical state of health, and coordinate care to meet individual needs.

The following are possible options to explore for SSRI alternative medicine and alternative therapies: counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, or talk therapy; body work therapies, such as therapeutic massage, chiropractic, osteopathic manipulative therapy, and craniosacral therapy (CST); acupuncture; targeted amino acid therapy support, such as GABA, 5-hydroxytryptophan, and SAM-e; nutritional supplements, for example, minerals, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids; and herbal therapy, such as passionflower, St. John’s Wort, valerian, or oriental medicinal herbs. Any form of exercise, including walking, yoga, swimming, working out in a gym, or in the living room, are all very simple but powerful natural alternatives to SSRI’s. Exercising serves as a natural form of SSRI alternative medicine, as exercising releases feel-good chemicals in the brain that help regulate depression.

Contrary to what television commercials and some marketing campaigns for antidepressant drugs tell us, feeling happy is not about just one single molecule within the brain. In fact, almost always there are several underpinnings to feeling depressed. From snaking to sunlight, our brain chemistry is coaxed with the choices we make. There is much we can do in our daily lives to support a more positive mood. These are some ideas for where to begin with SSRI alternatives for depression: eat low-glycemic index foods with sufficient protein and an abundance of green food, adopt a regime of high-quality mineral-multivitamin intake, including omega-3’s (DHA and EPA); exercise 4-6 times weekly for between 30 and 60 minutes, preferably outdoors; get in bed at 10:00 pm and sleep a minimum of 8 hours every night; avoid alcohol or other recreational drugs, and opt for drug-free methods of relaxation instead such as yoga, transcendental meditation, or Qi gong. Having SSRI alternatives help can assist with the creation of an effective treatment plan for each person.

Consult with an alternative health practitioner about SSRI antidepressant alternatives for depression or other mental health symptoms. One of the most important and successful ways of mending depression with natural alternatives to SSRI’s is through exploring and discovering any reasons or causes of depression. Give some thought to the way your circumstances can affect your perspective on life. Explore your environment, sleep patterns, and what you do in you free time and who you spend your time with. Ask yourself if the way you are nourishing yourself every day is helping you to feel better, or is it making things worse? And know that you can rest without doubt, knowing there are plenty natural and alternative ways of supporting your outlook and mood along the way. You can feel happy again – in mind, body, and spirit – with some supportive guidance, deep reflection, and hope.

Our drug rehab program is focused on discovering what the medical reasons may be that are causing a person to feel depressed. Are they only low in Serotonin and nothing else contributes to their depression? What about a low thyroid? Or what about an accumulation of neurotoxins like heavy toxic metals that ruin metabolism of food into energy? Maybe the individual’s diet is so significantly lacking in nutrition that they can’t produce what they need for brain health. Or they could be wrapped up in a life unfulfilling to them, in which they need more positive surroundings to make healthy change. The treatment program at Alternative to Meds Center uses lab testing, targeted nutritional therapy, IV amino acid therapy, natural substances to stabilize the neurochemistry, careful medication withdrawal methods, massage therapy, yoga, peer support, exercise, and other SSRI alternative treatments to combat depression. Please call us and find out about the SSRI alternatives help that’s available for you or the one you love.


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