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Major Depressive Disorder

Depressive disorder is a widespread diagnosis that can typically be brought to balance naturally.
Commonly called “clinical depression” in the DSM IV psychiatric manual, or sometimes “unipolar,” major depressive disorder ( MDD ) has a puzzlingly broad set of symptoms. The most common symptoms seem to reflect any feeling which prompts an avoidance of action or social interaction. This very broad diagnostic terminology can lead to hit-or-miss type treatment options. For instance, sometimes with MDD, the person overeats and gets obese, yet sometimes the person loses appetite altogether and becomes rakishly thin. Sometimes the person sleeps too much, others too little. Sometimes major depressive disorder is diagnosed after losing a spouse, sometimes nothing at all traumatic seems to have occurred before MDD is diagnosed. Sometimes a person becomes irritable and aggressive toward others, sometimes a person withdraws from others completely.

No wonder the surprising array of possible treatment solutions has literally exploded on the pharmaceutical roster of proffered medications. Everything from antidepressants, antipsychotics and electroconvulsive therapy have been the most recommended treatments by psychiatry, along with psychotherapy to combat this somewhat puzzling condition called major depressive disorder.


As an interesting note, more patients decide to discontinue treatment for their depression when it is medication based, due to the negative side effects, than those who opt for psychological counseling or other medication-free methods of treatment and relief. At the Alternative to Meds Center, we are aware of the various problems caused by trying to fix major depressive disorder with the many varieties of medications produced by the pharmaceutical companies, where other factors leading to the depressed condition of an individual are uninspected and therefore left without treatment.

It is our goal to provide effectual treatment that creates sustainable relief from the symptoms of MDD without drugs.

We want to get the causes for a person’s depressed state discovered, and have the client suffering from major depressive disorder receive their treatment in a way that is tailored to their profile and history. We use protocols and treatments that are restorative rather than chemically or toxically harmful. We also offer tapering programs for Lithium withdrawal and many other drugs. We invite you to call us at the number on this page to speak with any of our informed and helpful staff who can answer your questions about major depressive disorder treatment, or treatment for any type of diagnosed depression in a holistic manner.

You don’t have to be alone with major depressive disorder symptoms, we invite you to call and share your struggle so we can help direct you down a brighter path.


This content has been reviewed, and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. John Motl, M.D.

Dr Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine.  Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.

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