About the Book
Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions affecting adults in the United States today. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce anxiety. Complementary and alternative depression treatments may work best with traditional medications and counseling.
Complementary and alternative medicine has become increasingly popular. If you’re experiencing anxiety and don’t wish to seek conventional treatments, you may want to try alternative therapies. The basic goal of alternative therapy is to improve your general health and relieve depression symptoms with few or no side effects.
Complementary and alternative therapies can be helpful in reducing anxiety, but it may take some time before you see results. If you’re having symptoms of depression, alternative therapy alone probably will not be enough. Alternative therapies often work best when used along with traditional treatment, such as medication and counseling. It’s always best to consult your doctor before beginning an alternative treatment program.
Psychiatry and psychotherapy offer many options for the treatment of depression, but the most effective treatment plans often combine pharmacology, therapy, and unique complementary treatments that work for the patient’s needs. Some individuals may prefer to avoid drug-based treatments entirely during pregnancy or for any other number of reasons.
About the Author
Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, researcher, and author who specializes in the treatment of mental health using integrative medicine and natural therapies. Her other books include Healing & Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health, Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience and Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Anxiety. She lives and works in San Jose, California. To learn more about Dr. Fredricks’ psychotherapy practice visit DrRandiFredricks.com.