Alternative Methods for Managing Your Anxiety & Depression

By Christian Frazier January 22, 2020

We live in a world where pharmaceutical sales professionals have become extremely skilled at getting into the minds of many of our medical professionals. Too many are eager to prescribe medication before trying natural alternatives. Far too many Americans have been using medicine to treat certain illnesses but we have created the Opioid and now Benzo epidemic. CNN recently did a story about the Benzo (Watch Here) epidemic and when I watched the story it brought tears to my eyes to see this man struggle from withdrawals from Benzodiazepine and the doctor telling him and his mother that there was no treatment available as he continued on a downward spiral with uncontrollable crying spells. Zoloft is the leading Benzo on the market and I can only imagine with fluctuations in the economy and employment that it’s hard for many of us to afford co pays for medicine or the uninsured costs. It is always highly recommended that you seek the professional advice of a licensed therapist or psychologist. According to the National Institute on Mental Illness only 43% of U.S. adults with mental illness have received mental health services within the last year.

Just acknowledging the widespread experience of depression & anxiety can help pave the way for increased care. Many people are finding relief from Anxiety and depression without prescription drugs. Here are some scientifically proven methods that help ease the symptoms of depression.

Smiling – Every time you smile you release feel good neuro-transmitters; dopamine, serotonin and endorphins and scientifically it is very contagious

Exercise -Does the same thing as smiling but at a higher level. Getting out walking or jogging can help treat depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – an be like rebooting or reprogramming of the brain. Changing of how thought patterns are processed in your brain.

Behavioral Activation Therapy – When we are depressed we naturally withdraw from the world. This treatment involves getting active in things that add meaning to our lives. We are encouraged to do these things before waiting for our moods to change.

Mindfulness Meditation – Anxiety and depression often have our minds all over the place. We often get stuck in the past and worry about our future. This form of meditation helps us to be focused in the present. Scientific studies show that through meditation brain activity can be less affected by external events. The things that used to bother you don’t seem to bother you as much anymore.

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) – A large magnetic coil attached to the cranium held against the scalp near the part of the brain that controls mood. This was approved by the FDA in 2008 and it’s not invasive. It passes magnetic pulses to stimulate and normalize brain circuits involved with depression.

Eating out of depression – It is widely known that processed foods is known to feed into depression and anxiety. (List of foods to avoid). Here is also a recommended diet for depression.

The importance of learning more about our chronic physical or mental illness so that we can be partners with our healthcare professionals can’t be stressed enough. (Don’t go overboard & start self diagnosing and making changes to your diet, medicine or dose without consulting your doctor) The more that you care and show a genuine interest the more that your healthcare team is going to care. The next time you visit your healthcare professional be completely honest and have a plan of action in place such as:

Reviewing your last lab results & suggesting an action plan to improve. Check to see if additional lab work is needed before the next visit

Identify barriers that may prevent you from achieving your health goals

Research New Research, Treatments and Alternatives to discuss with your healthcare professional

Determine how you are going to track, monitor and report your progress

Think and write down a list of prolonged pains, aches, issues and allergies

Take a list of all your medications including any herbal medications

If you can bring a family member or friend

Know your family’s medical history

I hope that you find this blog helpful and please feel free to share it.

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