Are Drug-Free Depression Treatments the New Wave?

by on October 27th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Ever since psychiatrist and founder of the Center for Body & Mind, James Gordon published his book on how to treat depression without traditional prescription drugs, the new approach has caused a revolution in the way some people are seeking help for their mood disorders.

According to Gordon, the reason his plan works is because of the different approach it has to depression and anxiety disorders. In line with holistic medicine, he believes that depression is not the end stage of a disease process, but rather a wake-up call to examine our lives.

The belief that antidepressants and other prescription drugs only treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety, while not addressing the underlying cause of the ailments is not new. Many experts believe that these conditions are most likely caused by our lives being out of balance- and should be seen as a sign that our lives need to be changed from the inside out in order to restore balance and harmony.

Dr. Gordon’s treatment is focused on achieving that balance through diet, exercise and meditation. A balanced diet provides our body and mind with the necessary nutrients to function at optimal levels.

A healthy diet also promotes a strong immune system, which is essential for energy levels, healthy sleep patterns, and concentration. It also gives us the fuel we need to function everyday. Exercise, on the other hand, promotes a healthy metabolism and releases feel-good endorphins.

Techniques such as meditation help us focus on the moment. Coupled with deep breathing and visualization exercises, meditation can help us put things in perspective and clear the fog that accumulates daily in our minds.  This is especially precious, considering that our modern lifestyle often makes us lose touch with our inner world and spirituality.

As always, natural remedies can be used to soothe restless minds and promote feelings of inner calm. When suffering from stress and fatigue, it is easy to become plagued with negative thoughts and feelings. Adding Epson salts to a warm bath is an easy, inexpensive way to help restore inner peace.

In the morning, a gentle massage with essential oils such as energizing citrus is a great way to start your day. Soothing lavender oil at night can help promote relaxation and healthy sleep patterns. Try adding drop of it close to your pillow.

Chamomile and mint tea are well-suited to help you unwind before bedtime. Also, remember to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Walking is great, especially for those suffering from depression and anxiety. Restoring balance in the body and mind is a grueling task, but by developing small routines and rituals that promote well-being, little by little, you’ll see the sun shining brightly at the other side.

2 Responses to “Are Drug-Free Depression Treatments the New Wave?”

  1. Ashley

    Oct 27th, 2010

    What a great post – I’m going to pass this along!

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