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Zoloft is one of the many antidepressant medications that cause a host of short-term and long-term side effects. Seeking out natural Zoloft alternatives is the wisest course of action.

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Zoloft, A Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)

Zoloft, also known as Sertraline, is classified under a group of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and commonly prescribed for depression treatment among other mental conditions; however, there can be many limitations associated with using this drug and many users want to explore Zoloft alternatives treatment. So when it comes to Sertraline alternatives, traditionally recommended options include therapy (psychotherapy, counseling, etc.), other antidepressant medications, and alternative treatments for depression. When a patient experiences bothersome Zoloft side effects or feels that this drug is not sufficiently managing their symptoms of depression or other mental health conditions, the doctor may prescribe Prozac, Effexor, or Marplan as Zoloft alternative medicine.2

However, many individuals with depression may want to try natural Zoloft alternatives or holistic therapies as Zoloft substitutes. Other prescription antidepressants like Prozac or Effexor can often cause the same side effects and problems that are associated with Zoloft. For some users, this medication can be effective and does not cause bothersome side effects. However, side effects can occur with all medications of this sort, and there is always the possibility that the drug may not provide adequate treatment. So for many other users, they may be receiving more grief from taking this medication than relief. Additionally, many people try several prescription medications that don’t work for them, so some users of this drug have already tried other antidepressant treatments with drugs like Prozac and Effexor.

Zoloft Is Known To Create Disinhibition

It is becoming more and more common to hear about tragedies attributed to psychiatric medication use. Zoloft has been known to create disinhibition in certain types of people.

In December 2019, a teenager from Illinois accused of killing her mother claims she is not responsible for her actions because she had been taking Zoloft, an antidepressant medication. According to the New York Daily News, her lawyer attempted to claim that Anna Schroeder “was in a drugged condition that was involuntarily produced and deprived her of substantial capacity either to appreciate the criminality of her conduct or to conform her conduct to the requirements of law.”1 This has now been coined the “Zoloft defense.”

With these types of incidents occurring in surprisingly increasing frequency, it would be only pragmatic to consider Zoloft Alternatives that can address symptoms of depression effectively without the potential life-damaging side-effects.

There Are Effective Natural Zoloft Alternatives

For the many people who are not responsive to antidepressants or who just don’t want to depend on prescription drugs to maintain mental health, there are fortunately many alternative remedies, therapies, treatments, natural approaches, and more. One of the Zoloft alternatives for depression that may be one of the most effective is therapy. There are many forms of therapy; psychotherapy (talk therapy), cognitive behavioral therapy, and many others including short-term therapies that last 10-20 weeks which can help people with depression. These talk therapies help patients to understand their problems, look at problems with new insights and work through problems by verbally exchanging with their talk therapist.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions may focus on helping patients to undo conditioned behavioral patterns and thought patterns that either partially or wholly have caused depression or result from an individual’s depression. A behavioral therapist will also help patients replace negative patterns with positive thought and behavioral patterns and attempt to teach patients any tools or skills necessary for achieving more satisfaction through the patient’s own actions. Other than talk therapy, other therapeutic practices such as acupuncture and massage have been known to relieve stress and symptoms of depression. Natural Zoloft alternatives help may be the most effective for individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, or other conditions and seeking antidepressant alternatives.

Get Help To Discontinue

alternatives to zoloftAntidepressant users are highly advised to consult with a doctor before attempting to discontinue the use of their medication, and if not satisfied with antidepressant treatment, consult with a doctor immediately. There is no reason to take a drug that does not help you. Individuals searching for effective alternatives may consider seeing an alternative, holistic, or complimentary doctor for Zoloft alternatives treatment. These medical doctors have the same medical knowledge as traditional doctors but choose to use their knowledge in slightly alternative ways. Acupuncture is one of the most highly regarded alternative treatments for depression and other mental conditions; acupuncture treatments can relieve pain, stress, tension, fatigue, and many other symptoms associated with depression. Other Zoloft alternatives for anxiety and depression treatments include targeted supplements therapy, herbal remedies, and alternative medicines such as valerian, kava, vitamin B6, chlorella, amino acids, Omega-3 fatty acids, and essential nutrients that our bodies must have to function properly.

An individual is usually put on an antidepressant prior to there being any substantial amount of investigative efforts to discovering why they have become depressed. Is the individual really only just suffering from low serotonin? What if they have low thyroid? What about food allergies in which internal swelling causes the metabolism to slow down? An accumulation of neurotoxins including heavy metals can ruin energy metabolism which can also be a major causal factor of depression. The individual could also be eating a diet that is so lacking in nutrients that they are not able to produce what is required for the brain to be healthy. Often forgotten, the brain is subject to all the same insults of an undernourished diet that the body suffers from. Or maybe the individual is just overwhelmed in an unsatisfactory life, and they need more supportive surroundings in order to make positive changes and healthy decisions.

Alternative to Meds Center’s Detox Shoppe works to discover any potential medical causes for why the individual may be depressed. Our cessation methods include lab tests, supporting the neurochemistry through using natural substances, removal of accumulated environmental neurotoxins, gentle Zoloft withdrawal techniques, targeted nutritional therapies such as amino therapy, personal training, yoga, massage, peer support, and many holistic therapies that are equipped to alternatively address depression. We invite you to call and speak with us and gain a better understanding of the comprehensive range of Zoloft alternatives help that is available.

1. Boroff D. “Illinois teen accused of killing mom was under influence of Zoloft and not responsible, lawyer argues,” New York Daily News [INTERNET] 2019 Dec [cited 2020 May 28]

2.  Medicinewise News,  “Exploring non-drug options in depression.” NPS Australia [INTERNET] 2016 Feb 1 [cited 2020 May 28]

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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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