Many of us live with depression and anxiety — studies say about 25 percent of all Americans. Some of us can control our depression and anxiety by strengthening our sense of belonging, deepening our spiritual practices, improving our physical health, or building bonds with loved ones.
It’s important to visit your doctor so he or she can assess your anxiety or depression. Your doctor may prescribe medication that can alleviate many of your symptoms.
What about herbs and supplements for anxiety and depression?
There is no scientific proof that any alternative treatment or home remedy can help with moderate to severe depression. However, WebMD reports that some people with mild depression may find benefit from alternative remedies.
Any herbal supplement should be treated just like a medication. Your doctor can help you weigh the risks and potential benefits so you can make an informed decision.
STEPS TOWARD Effective Medical Intervention
- Assess your depression and anxiety.
- Talk with trusted family members and friends.
- Talk with your doctor, or call the Front Porch at 901.762.8558 for information on professionals near you.
- When taking medication, be mindful of side effects.
If you need a guide to help you down the pathway, or if you feel that you need immediate assistance, call the Front Porch at 901.762.8558. For more detailed information about mental health medications, see this information on mental health medications*, or watch the helpful video below.
Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist: Learn the Difference*
*These videos and links will give you access to information not produced by Methodist Healthcare.