Alternative Medicines for Anxiety and Depression

Depression is usually considered a ‘silent killer’ disease as there are lots of people globally who don’t know they suffer from it. While some people are lucky and are able to have their doctors diagnose them and put them on medicine to manage it, others are never as lucky. Besides, anxiety is also another symptom of depression or can be a stand-alone health problem on its own.

There are various types of medicines that doctors use in the treatment of anxiety and depression and sometimes knowing which one to choose can be a difficult task. While some people are being on self-medication, it’s vital that you consult your doctor before buying any over the counter medicine for depression. Below are some alternative medication for anxiety and depression that you can consider using once approved by your doctor or therapist.


SAM-e is an acronym for S-adenosylmethionine which is a molecule that is naturally obtained from the cells of animals and plants. However, it’s not an herb. As we grow older, our bodies start producing less SAM-e. Studies and research – though not conclusive – have suggested that taking SAM-e supplements can help in the treatment of clinical depression.

As a molecule in the body, it is involved in several pathways including the norepinephrine and neurotransmitters serotonin which has made it stand out as a viable medicine treating patients suffering from major clinical depression. Best part? It has no side effects for most people. When taking them, ensure you aren’t taking any other antidepressant as they may lead to certain side effects.


While there have been a number of risk issues raised with the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), scientist have continued to research on alternative medicines for patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

CBD oil or cannabidiol has proved from research to be an extremely feasible alternative to antidepressants as its safe to use over a long period of time and high doses as well. Besides, there hasn’t been any major or serious side effects that have been reported (that doesn’t mean that there are no side effects as the effects of CBD oil vary from one person to the other).

The CBD oil works by targeting the serotonin receptors and prohibit the absorption of serotonin by the brain which increases the available serotonin. This means the extra serotonin in the synapse are can convey positive signals which helps reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Research has continued to show that sardines, caviar, mackerel, and salmon can prevent clinical depression as they have large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids that has an important role in the functioning of all body cells. While it helps reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, it has been proved to prevent manic depression and has significant benefits when it comes to clinical depression.

Studies have revealed that people who live in parts of the world where fatty fish is a common as part of the meal plan, there has been less depression reported. In addition, those suffering from manic depression and have taken omega-3 fatty acids daily have had reduced episodes. And while omega-3 fatty acids can be used as an alternative medicine, it shouldn’t replace other medications that are being used.