Treating depression without drugs has become an increased reason individuals with depression are seeking counseling and psychotherapy in light of many unwanted side effects associated with anti depressant medications. More bad news for drug companies as lawyers have apparently found that many common forms of anti-depressant medications taken by pregnant women can cause heart related problems in their unborn babies. As result, they are planning class action lawsuits against the drug makers. This comes on the heels of other studies that warn of increased suicidal ideation in some people who take them and an almost total ban on use of these drugs in adolescents.
Here is another point to ponder: If someone is depressed because they lost their job or a loved one, wouldn’t it make more sense to talk about it with a trained mental health care professional to address the feelings and concerns rather than “numbing” feelings with drugs? Isn’t “drugging” similar to drowning one’s sorrows with alcohol?
Cognitive therapy is a focused, solution based approach to emotional problem solving with substantial evidence behind it as an effective approach, especially when used by highly trained and experienced therapists. Cognitive and behavioral therapies are increasingly sort after methods for treatment of depression without drugs.
For those seeking a drug free alternative to medications cognitive therapy should be given serious consideration as a treatment approach for depression. A brief, pocket-sized educational guidebook, “Depression”, is available at www.cognitivetherapy.cc. In treating depression without drugs it is important for individuals to have a comprehensive evaluation, including medical and psychological. Self help tools and alternative health methods should be used in conjunction with working with a licensed mental health professional. There is substantial evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy is often an effective form of treating depression without drugs.