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Written by Diane Ridaeus Published Oct 30, 2018
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Natural Wellbutrin alternatives can avoid the dangers of antidepressant medications. Prescribing a drug before consideration of life factors, lab testing, or other investigation into root causes is lazy doctoring at best and gravely disturbing to us at Alternative to Meds Center.

Powerful natural remedies for depression can be used in place of these drugs. They offer a healthy way to reclaim your life.

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Wellbutrin Alternatives Help

wellbutrin alternatives helpAlternative to Meds Center uses Wellbutrin alternatives to help people who want to eliminate medication-related difficulties, and also want relief of their original symptoms. This freedom allows individuals to be free of drug side effects 5 and other liabilities of being continuously medicated. We know there are more effective answers than taking a drug to temporarily numb bad feelings. Fortunately, there are many effective natural Wellbutrin alternatives for depression. which will be discussed below. Wellbutrin (generic bupropion) is a prescription drug used for the treatment of depressive disorders and may be effective at temporarily treating symptoms for some. However, unwanted side effects often occur during treatment with this drug and in many cases, this drug does not adequately alleviate a person’s symptoms of depression.1

Wellbutrin Alternatives Treatment

wellbutrin alternativesTalk therapy comes in many forms. and can be important components of a program of Wellbutrin alternatives. Talk therapy is sometimes adequate all by itself for alleviating depression. A person who is depressed can confront issues and can talk about them with a trusted professional, in a safe space. After a period of time, troubles typically improve as their causes can be analyzed and solutions put into place in the real world. We have an amazing roster of professionals at Alternative to Meds including therapists, counselors, Life Coaches, and holistic psychiatrists who can help the person explore the types of changes they might want to be making in their life to engineer specific improvements. We look to counseling for depression for an excellent natural Wellbutrin alternative, and the added benefit is that side effects and drug-dependence do not develop.

Notes on CBT (cognitive behavioral counseling)

collaborative counselingCognitive-behavioral therapists help their patients learn how to achieve more satisfaction from their own actions and thought processes while teaching them at the same time how to recognize and choose to unlearn the behavioral patterns that have contributed to depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapies are one of the most commonly used alternative therapies for depression as CBT can help people to change and undo the negative thinking patterns and behaviors that often attribute to depression. 2, 4

Interpersonal therapies are another common type of treatment used in Wellbutrin alternatives for depression. Interpersonal therapies focus on disturbing aspects of personal relationships and how resolving these may alleviate depression.

Alternatives to Wellbutrin Include:

  • Talk therapy, such as CBT, DBT, exposure therapy, etc.
  • Mild exercise, sunshine, fresh air.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Vitamin and minerals where testing shows deficiencies.
  • Corrected diet.
  • Avoid toxic exposure to poisons in cleaning products, paints, pesticides, food additives, etc.
  • Lifestyle changes aimed at improving the quality of life.* 

*Dr. Axe, a well-known holistic doctor, points to many overlooked causes and practical natural remedies for depression.

natural alternativesOther major aspects of Wellbutrin options for alternative depression treatment include other therapies such as massage, reflexology, acupuncture, sauna therapy, vitamin therapy, diet therapy, meditation, and giving your body what it needs. Nutrient deficiencies have often contributed to depression and simple to work out what’s needed to fix certain lacking nutrients or deficiencies. After the correction of deficiencies, depression can improve greatly. Participating in outpatient or inpatient programs at a rehab or treatment center would offer almost all of the therapies and treatments needed on site.

Structured Wellbutrin alternatives help in many ways. Various therapeutic techniques and. bupropion alternatives help just as effectively or even more so than prescription drug treatment. Using non-drug alternatives are safe: no addiction, dependency, adverse side effects, or adverse drug interactions. Wellbutrin natural alternatives consist of getting to the bottom of the depression and do not worsen depressive symptoms with prescription drugs. People are too often given a prescription for an antidepressant without any amount of investigation into the reasons why the person is feeling depressed.3

At Alternative to Meds, we aim to change that paradigm.

Have all the necessary questions been asked before prescribing a heavy drug?

Is the person really just low serotonin and this is the only cause? What if their thyroid is low? What if they accumulated environmental neurotoxins like heavy metals that greatly interrupt energy metabolism? What if they have allergies to food in which there is internal swelling that is causing the metabolism to slow down? In our treatment center, we commonly find that the person’s diet has been extremely poor in nutrition without the raw materials to create what they need for proper brain health. Another broad area to consider is, are they totally wrapped up in a life that is not fulfilling to them, and do they need a healthier environment to make healthier changes? These and other questions are explored when a person enrolls at Alternative to Meds Center.

Alternative to Meds Center Programs Work

treatment programsMany people, start taking one of these medications during a time that is emotionally traumatic, and then years later they still take the medication and encounter Wellbutrin side effects of withdrawal when trying to get off of it.5

Our treatment program uncovers the medical reasons that may potentially be contributing to depression, anxiousness, or other symptoms. Our program utilizes natural substances to stabilize neurochemistry, lab testing to identify underlying factors of depression, cessation from neurotoxins accumulated environmentally, peer support, massage therapy, methods for medication withdrawal, amino therapy and other nutritional therapies, yoga, exercise, personal training, and several holistic therapies capable of effectively providing Wellbutrin alternatives treatment. At the Alternative to Meds Center, we are certain that much better answers exist besides being medicated on antidepressants.4


1. Reidbord S, “Are Antidepressants Just a Crutch?” Psychology Today online, published 2009 Nov 13 [cited 2020 Dec 17]

2. Medically Reviewed by Parekh R, “What is Psychotherapy?” American Psychiatric Association [INTERNET] 2019 Jan . [cited 2020 Dec 17]

3. NHS Health Letter, “Clinical depression – Causes – NHS.” National Health Services UK [2019 Dec 10] [cited 2020 Dec 17]

4. Sathyanarayana TS, et al., “Understanding nutrition, depression and mental illness.” Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2008 Apr-Jun [Internet] PMID 19742217 [cited 2020 Dec 17]

5. FDA Label Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride) [cited 2020 Dec 17]



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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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