Our expert says:
Wayne, the sad truth is that there is ABSOLUTELY NO "natural" antidepressant whatsoever, and any claims to the contrary are quackery. Some "natural" remedies offered, like St John's Wort, which can help in really mild depressions, work in exactly the same primary way as does Prozac, anyway. From what we know of the chemistry of Depression, it is highly likely that if any "natural" or herbal product DID benefit Depression, it would probably have to do so in the same way as the antidepressant drugs, and with the same side-effects, with the disadvantage of being a far less chemically clean product, due to the presence of many other unknown and not yet understood chemicals, as well as whatever was helping.
It is quite common that side-effects are worst in the first few weeks on any drug, while it can take a month or more to develop the benefits one wants.
kasandra's experience here4 is highly relevant. and the pleasant methods she describes are genuinely alternatives, and may help. Also, she is using the one other method that has been proved to work, and without side-effects --- a very specific method of psychotherapy calld CBT ( COgnitive-behaviour Therapy) --- it is the ONLY variety of psychotherapy / counselling proved to have similar scale of benefits to antidepressants. So, if you can find a local shrink who is skilled at using CBT, that would be an effective alternative to try.
And Casper --- buzz off, and stop peddling your own quack remedies on this sight
FOLKS --- I advise everyone to ignore the postings of Casper ( and the other false names he uses ) touting secret remedies --- NEVER send him your email or other contact details, as someone who behaves like this cannot be trusted. Hmm, a "reputable" organization ? In their own opnion, of course. And so reputable that you can't dare to give their proper name ? Around for 30 years ? Sounds like Scientology to me --- no evidence that their quack remedies work any better than anyone else's quack remedies. Casper --- go and play somewhere else and stop bothering these good people.
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