Effexor Alternatives

Effexor Alternatives

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At Alternative to Meds Center, we have found ways that ease the process of switching to Effexor substitutes.


When a person is struggling with bothersome Effexor side effects, or other problems related to this medication, they may consider Effexor alternatives help. We know other resolutions exist besides living a lifetime medicated on antidepressant drugs. Do you wish to see a loved one, or yourself start living life in a way you know is reachable?

In many cases Effexor may not adequately treat symptoms or adverse Effexor side effects may occur, in cases such as these, Effexor alternatives therapy should be taken into consideration. If this antidepressant medication is not working as it should or if you are experiencing unwanted side effects, talk with your doctor about alternatives to Effexor. Depression is an extremely common problem in today’s world, even though there are treatments for depression such as antidepressant drugs, there are a lot of people seeking natural antidepressant alternatives for depression. Some people may seek alternatives because they have tried traditional depression treatments and have been non-responsive to them or intolerable to side effects. Other people are simply looking for non-chemical, natural ways to treat depression.

No matter what the reason is for desiring Effexor alternatives depression treatment, fortunately, there are several alternative Effexor options for treating depression that sometimes is effective by themselves or in adjunction with other alternative therapies. Talk therapies are very effective alternatives for treating depression. During a talk therapy session, patients are able to gain insight from an objective person and often are able to work through their problems through consistent verbal exchange with their talk therapist; many talk therapy sessions also include homework assignments to practice between sessions. Talk therapists and behavioral therapists help their patients to learn how they can obtain more satisfaction and reward from their own actions and words, and how to undo negative and/or unhealthy behavioral patterns that have contributed to or have resulted from depression.

Acupuncture is a popular, feel-good, and effective method of Effexor substitutes for depression. Depression can sometimes be a result of suppressing feelings of sadness, anger, or embarrassment rather than expressing these feelings and letting them go. Acupuncturists use the surface of the body to connect to the inner body and mind to unblock repressed energy that can be contributing to depression. Once this blocked, regressed, negative energy is released; the person can start to address the regressions as they come up to the surface. Acupuncture sessions usually leave a person feeling elevated in mood, refreshed and empowered. Another aspect of antidepressant alternatives for depression includes natural medicine such as vitamins, herbs, remedies, dietary supplements, minerals and naturally occurring substances that are healthy for the body and mind.

Depression can also be attributed to a lack of nutrients or deficiencies in certain vitamins that our bodies need to function at their full capability; mentally and physically. Valerian, kava, St. Johns Wort, omega-3 essential fatty acids, SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine), Vitamin B6, and 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) are some of the commonly used supplements in alternative medicine for depression. Other than acupuncture, talk therapy and vitamin therapy, there are many other Effexor alternatives help therapies that are soothing and effective in treating symptoms of depression. These therapies include aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology, yoga, meditation and exercise. Dietary changes can be an essential part of effective alternatives to Effexor. For example, Vitamin B6 is a vitamin that is needed for producing certain chemicals in the brain including serotonin and dopamine.


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Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified integrative psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline. 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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