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Citalopram Alternatives

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Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Written by Diane Ridaeus
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Finally, there is a facility that can successfully help a person navigate comfortably through medication tapering using citalopram alternatives (Celexa) in a health-restoring way.

Certainly, medication may have played a role during a hurried doctor’s visit, or desperate time of crisis, however, often medication such as citalopram does not prove to be a permanent solution when alternatives to citalopram may serve a person better in so many ways.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on antidepressant alternatives and withdrawal for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our tremendous success using alternatives to Celexa or citalopram. Importantly, we can resolve the underlying issues in much more safe and effective ways. Additionally, it could be that medical conditions were overlooked, or that the original factors that contributed to a person’s crisis have long since changed. Also, for many other reasons a person could have been entirely misdiagnosed.
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Why Choose Citalopram Alternatives?

citalopram alternatives / natural alternatives to citalopramIt may seem from reading learned textbooks on psychiatric drugs and even more so from the ads that sell them, that drugs create mental health. Where did that idea ever come from? 4,5 It is a point many will discuss for a long time. There are many opinions and justifications for using drugs for mental health. Unfortunately, alternatives to citalopram are discussed much less frequently, if at all.

It may help to understand more about what drugs to the brain. SSRI drugs “flood the engine” with serotonin, where the engine represents the brain. In other words, the serotonin receptors get flooded because the drug blocks serotonin from being re-absorbed (so it can be recycled). As a result, these serotonin molecules hang out there, until they degrade and become used up. This creates an eventual deficit. (This is when a person feels the drug stops working.) The drug introduces unnatural changes that can harm the brain, not heal the brain. Drugs change the brain, they do not heal the brain.1

We believe that choosing alternatives to drugs like citalopram provides better health outcomes by avoiding these artificial and sometimes harmful changes to the brain.

But please remember,

NEVER ATTEMPT QUITTING CITALOPRAM COLD TURKEY

If a person does start taking SSRI medications, one must be extremely careful when coming off them because of their invasive disruption.

Alternatives to citalopram include:

  • Talk-therapies, like CBT, DBT, life coaching.
  • Exercise, exposure to sunshine and fresh air
  • Forest-bathing*
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Avoid sugars, chemicals in food, MSG
  • Remove toxic cleaning or other products from the home
  • Correct vitamin/mineral deficiencies

*Forest bathing is a Japanese concept becoming popular in North America with lingering positive effects on mood and health.

organic nutrition to treat citalopramAt Alternative to Meds Center we use nutrition as a necessary and healing support strategy. For example, a client tapering off citalopram uses correct strategies to initiate the healing process after drugs have damaged or disrupted natural neurochemistry. Important to note, nutrition can also act as a very effective treatment instead of drugs. For example, nutrition can treat depression, anxiety, or other mental issues. In short, good nutrition provides excellent citalopram alternative therapy.

Overall Health Includes Physical and Mental Health

natural alternatives to citalopramCertainly, exercise, fresh air, sunshine all support natural mental health. Additionally, there are a whole host of other therapies that can speed up the healing process. We have found that removing toxins from the body is extremely beneficial in supporting natural mental health. All of these alternative therapies can help improve one’s mental outlook without drugs. This is especially true when these therapies are done in an atmosphere of compassion and encouragement.

In this way, at Alternative to Meds Center, we use many treatments to ease the taper process, and these same treatments are also safe and effective when used as alternatives or substitutes for psychiatric medications. For example, counseling gives relief that is more permanent, and more effective than drugs. Certainly, few things are nicer than resolving mental anguish or fear, and re-gaining clarity and joyful interest in one’s own life.

natural treatment therapiesFurther, the Center uses methods to cleanse the body of neurotoxins. We utilize testing for allergies and resolve them using natural methods. In addition, we teach our clients pain and stress management techniques and our many therapists are ready to deliver massage, Reiki, and much more. Also, soothing mineral baths and colonics, nebulized glutathione treatments, and other protocols give maximum client comfort. To summarize, many genres of treatments blend together in tailoring an individual’s program.

As an example, Assisted Equine Therapy provides benefits and is a very popular therapy at ATMC.

Find Out More About Citalopram Alternatives

In summary, Alternative to Meds Center has been helping people with alternatives to citalopram and other drugs as well as tapering programs for more than 15 years. Please call us to find out more. Our safe and effectively designed citalopram alternatives treatment helps our clients regain natural and sustainable mental health.


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2. Tello M Diet and depression. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School [INTERNET] 2020 Jan 29 [cited 2020 Mar 10]

3. Breggin P What Should We Really Call Psychiatric Drugs? Available from MadinAmerica.com [INTERNET] 2018 Jan 17 [cited 2020 Mar 10]

4. NHS Info Letter, “Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).” Medically Reviewed 2018 Oct 2 [Internet] [cited 2020 Nov 4]

5. Mayo Clinic Staff, “Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).” Medically Reviewed 2019 Sept [Internet] [cited 2020 Nov 4]



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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