Though there are a number of medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression, here is a list of some herbs and supplements that you need to know about:
St. John’s Plant:
Europeans commonly take St. John’s wort to lift up the depressed mood. It has been linked with increasing the amount of serotonin, which is the happy hormone. Though FDA hasn’t approved it as an antidepressant, however, National Institutes of Health (NIH) thinks that St. John’s wort may help milder forms of depression.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
According to medical science, deficiency of DHA and EPA chemicals in the brain can be the cause of depression and anxiety. Omega 3 is rich in theses chemicals and can hence help in the treatment of depression and anxiety. It is found in fish such as salmon, trout, and sardines, and is also available in supplement form on the counters.
Folic acid (the synthetic form of folate) and depression are interlinked as deficiency of folic acid can make you feel depressed and anxious. Taking 500 micrograms of folic acid can effectively improve our mood just like any other antidepressant medication. Eating folate-rich beans, lentils, fortified cereals, dark leafy greens, sunflower seeds, and avocados can help you to increase your folate levels.
Zinc is a crucial nutrient for our cognitive health and its low levels in the blood can lead to depression.
According to Nutrition NeuroscienceTrusted Source, a daily dose of 25-milligram zinc supplement for 12 weeks can help reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate depression symptoms.
Therapies For Depression and Anxiety:
Along with medications, supplements, and herbs, psychotherapies are an integral part of depression treatment. Depending on the type of depression and symptoms and causes of the same, the doctor can prescribe the following therapies:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT teaches the patient to control his thoughts, behaviors, and reactions so that he can become more rational.
Interpersonal therapy. This therapy focuses on the communication problems of the patients and helps him to express himself better.
Problem-solving therapy. This therapy focuses on using coping skills to manage symptoms
Light Therapy: Also known as phototherapy, light therapy treats major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns, sleeping disorders and other types of depression by exposing you to the artificial light source which emits a strong light.
The above information is good for your knowledge but one should understand that depression and anxiety are medical conditions that need proper medical treatment.