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Last Updated on August 4, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Celexa antidepressant medication is commonly prescribed before giving even cursory consideration to effective Celexa alternatives.

There can be many causes of depression none of which imply a medication deficiency. We look for impaired hormonal states, deficiency of vitamin D and other nutrients, fix a substandard diet, check for and address adrenal fatigue, and a host of other potential trouble spots.

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Alternative to Meds Center has been primarily invested in alternatives to prescription medication during and after antidepressant withdrawal. We pull out all the stops which is the reason for our success rate (over 77%). That percentage of our clients feel better off the drugs long-term than they did while on them. They ended their struggle with side effects and lingering symptoms. If you are looking for alternatives to Celexa, we can likely help your situation as well.
Watch this video of a woman who, like many of you, felt completely defeated prior to coming to Alternative to Meds Center. She was lost on medications that were no longer working but yet could not get off of them. She was unable to work, depressed, anxious, and barely able to walk. After getting off of antidepressants and benzos, she totally reshaped her life. She became not only able to walk, but endure hours-long hikes, and regained her professional career happy and fulfilled.

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Natural Celexa Alternatives

natural celexa alternativesAt Alternative to Meds Center, we use Celexa alternatives to help with better solutions than living life medicated on Celexa.

Celexa is the brand name for citalopram, an SSRI medication. This medication may work for some people; however, many other people are more interested in Celexa substitutes. That is because this medication can cause intolerable Celexa side effects.

Common side effects of Celexa include fatigue, sleep disturbances, nausea, and others. Many natural, effective antidepressant alternatives for the treatment of depression or other symptoms are available that do not cause these unwanted side effects.6

Natural alternatives to Celexa include:

  • Talk therapy: Some individuals are able to recover from their depression by talking over their problems with a counselor or life coach in structured treatment sessions.7
  • Natural supplements, nutrients, and eating healthy can lift depression brought on by nutrient deficiency.8 Avoiding food additives and eating organic are both highly recommended.
  • A organic, whole foods diet can improve energy, mood, and may also improve sleep.9
  • Lifestyle changes can have major impacts on depressive states.
  • Exercise releases “happy chemicals” and makes an effective strategy that is easy to implement.10
  • Cleansing the body of toxic accumulations may relieve symptoms by encouraging natural rehabilitation of neurochemistry.*

*Where mercury, lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals have accumulated in the body, chelation and other methods can help clean these out for many health improvements, including relief of depression, according to Dr. Peter Bongiorno, as reported in the Naturopathic News Journal.1

Talk Therapy as an Alternative to Celexa

SSRIs are not the only therapy for depression, though this is observably the single thrust of the bulk of drug-company-sponsored literature on the subject.
“There are many ways of getting strong — sometimes talking is the best way.” ~André Agassi, World Tennis Champ.

CBT is a practical approach. A cognitive-behavioral therapist assists clients in understanding the thinking patterns which might underlie their behavior and encourages new and effective ideas to correct them.

Where toxic or troubled relationships are presently contributing to depressed mood, a counselor may be able to focus on how these could be resolved and improved. Workplace issues are often not able to be directly addressed but with help from the human resources department, these could be discussed privately in order to resolve points of stress in the workplace. In addition to these types of help, there are many genres of counseling that may be found useful in sorting things out with great relief potential in the process.

Lifestyle Changes as an Alternative to Celexa

lifestyle alternatives to celexaLifestyle changes are important factors in successful Citalopram antidepressant alternatives. For example, being deprived of sleep is likely to make you feel run down and in a funk. One night of lost sleep is uncomfortable. How much worse would it be when sleep issues persist for weeks or even months? Depression is only one potential result of such a chronically dysfunctional life situation. The quick-fix of taking a pill may be quick, but may not actually fix the cause of the condition. There could be a need to de-stress one’s lifestyle, improve one’s sleeping quarters, and many other lifestyle changes that could contribute to a real solution, one that is sustainable.

Citalopram alternatives include good nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise — all of which contribute to good health and can lift mood naturally.11 Effective antidepressant alternatives are usually a whole circle of healing activities and habits, rather than just one. Spend some time to share your thoughts with your friends and family. Keep stress, tension, or depression handled by avoiding situations that are nerve-wracking for you, or employing techniques for relaxation such as yoga and meditation. Our Celexa withdrawal program can help you learn naturally effective ways of relieving stress and overcoming depression with Celexa alternatives help.

Finding the Root Causes for Depression

root causes for celexa depressionA person is most often put on a drug like Celexa prior to any adequate efforts to investigate why the person is depressed.12 Should the primary assumption be a low-serotonin level and no other reasons apply? 9 What about if their thyroid is low?13 What if they have accumulated a collection of environmental neurotoxins like toxic heavy metals which destroy the metabolism of energy? 14 Or food allergies where internal swelling substantially slows metabolism and may also be a major factor.15

These root causes for depression can and should be investigated through lab testing and lead the way to an effective and authentic set of treatment protocols. These are fundamental principles of the programs at Alternative to Meds Center.

Holistic Celexa Alternatives Therapy

celexa alternativesThe individual’s diet may be so poor in nutrition that they can’t produce what they need for brain health. We may forget that our brain is a victim to the same abuse of a poor diet that the physical body would suffer from. Or maybe they are surrounded in an unsatisfying life and need an environment that is more supportive to make positive life changes. Most people begin taking Celexa during an emotionally traumatic time, and yet several years later many individuals may be still taking the drug and suffering Celexa side effects. The Alternative to Meds Center Celexa tapering and rehab focuses on discovering any medical reasons why an individual might be depressed. Our holistic Celexa alternatives program includes the use of lab testing, natural substances to stabilize the neurochemistry, unburdening the body from neurotoxins that have been accumulated environmentally,14 peer support, IV amino therapy, targeted nutritional treatments, massage, yoga, exercise, and holistic therapies to combat depression.

Can Celexa Cause Long-Term Harmful Effects?

long-term celexa effectsThere are some side effects of antidepressants that show up especially after long-term use. One is the risk of developing a form of diabetes, “diabetes mellitus.” 2,3

There have been many studies done on antidepressants that show a demonstrable link to weight gain. Though the phenomenon is well known, the cause is less clear.

Studies also show sexual dysfunction is a common long-term effect of SSRI medications.4

Disrupted sleep is another well-documented effect after long-term use of SSRI medications.4

Alternatives to Celexa During Pregnancy

celexa pregnancy alternativesA woman who is considering pregnancy or who is pregnant is well-advised to talk to their prescribing physician regarding potential risks if SSRIs are prescribed. There may be risks to the unborn child that you would want to be informed about, and you may want to investigate alternatives to Celexa during pregnancy.

For example, a condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension is more likely to occur in babies born to mothers who took SSRIs during pregnancy. The condition causes difficulty for the infant’s lungs to inflate, and while not every baby will develop this, mothers should be aware of the risk potential.5

Integrative Celexa Alternatives Program

successful treatments sedona rehabWe facilitate successes and great victories on a daily basis in our Celexa cessation and Celexa alternatives programs at Alternative to Meds Center. Graduations are held each week in order to celebrate the triumphs of our participants. Their friends and family members are included in the people who attend each of these events. During the graduations, we often hear some unbelievable stories, in which people recount years or even several decades of outrageous struggling; told now with a clarity that is remarkable. It is inspirational to us when we see our participants graduating the program with the ability to maintain their lives in happy healthy ways, and keep on acting as an inspiration to other people.

We suggest that you call us so we can talk, and so you can gain a better understanding of the Celexa alternatives help that’s available for you or a loved one.

1. Bongiorno P, “Effects of Depression.” Naturopathic Doctor News [Internet] 2012 Mar 23 [cited 2020 Sep 16]

2. Anderson F, Schade R, Suissa S, Garbe E, “Long-term use of antidepressants for depressive disorders and the risk of diabetes mellitus.” American Journal of Psychiatry [Internet] 2009 Apr 1 [cited 2020 Sep 16]

3. Chen Y, Patel N, “Long-term antidepressant use linked to increased risk of diabetes.” Evidence-Based Mental Health [PubMed] 2012 Feb 13 [cited 2020 Sep 16]

4. Hall-Flavin D,  “Antidepressants and Weight Gain – What Causes It?” Mayo Clinic e-newsletter [Internet] 2017 Nov 18 [cited 2020 Sep 16]

5. Osborne L, “Antidepressants and Pregnancy – Tips from an Expert.” Johns Hopkins Medicine [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Sep 16]

6. FDA Label Celexa [2011/08] [cited 2020 Dec 22]

7. CAMH authors, “Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).” 2020 Information letter [cited 2020 Dec 22]

8. Bodnar LM, Wisner KL. “Nutrition and depression: implications for improving mental health among childbearing-aged women.” Biol Psychiatry. 2005 Nov 1;58(9):679-85. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2005.05.009. Epub 2005 Jul 25. PMID: 16040007; PMCID: PMC4288963.[cited 2020 Dec 22]

9. Lombard CB. “What is the role of food in preventing depression and improving mood, performance and cognitive function?” Med J Aust. 2000 Nov 6;173(S4):S104-5. PMID: 11149371. [cited 2020 Dec 22]

10. Lin YT, Chen M, Ho CC, Lee TS. “Relationships among Leisure Physical Activity, Sedentary Lifestyle, Physical Fitness, and Happiness in Adults 65 Years or Older in Taiwan.” Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Jul 20;17(14):5235. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17145235. PMID: 32698473; PMCID: PMC7400288. [cited 2020 Dec 22]

11. Rohrer JE, Pierce JR Jr, Blackburn C. “Lifestyle and mental health.” Prev Med. 2005 Apr;40(4):438-43. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.07.003. PMID: 15530596. [cited 2020 Dec 22]

12. Smith B, “Inappropriate prescribing” APA publication [online] June 2012 [cited 2020 Dec 22]

13. Hage M, Azar S, “The Link between Thyroid Function and Depression.” J. Thyroid Res. [online 2011 Dec 14] PMID 22220285 [cited 2020 Dec 22] 

14. Jaga K, Dharmani C. “The interrelation between organophosphate toxicity and the epidemiology of depression and suicide.” Rev Environ Health. 2007 Jan-Mar;22(1):57-73. doi: 10.1515/reveh.2007.22.1.57. PMID: 17508698.

15. Feng C, Kim JH. “Beyond Avoidance: the Psychosocial Impact of Food Allergies.” Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2019 Aug;57(1):74-82. doi: 10.1007/s12016-018-8708-x. PMID: 30171460.

Originally Published Dec 23, 2018 by Lyle Murphy

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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