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I Don’t Want To Try Antidepressants — What Do I Do?

Coming to terms with needing help is a big step. It can be hard to admit to yourself, and to others, that you can’t do this alone. This isn’t a sign of weakness. You’re so extremely strong for deciding to reach out for help. It’s one of the best things you can do. The next step is deciding what treatment is right for you. This can be difficult, which is why it’s good to speak with a medical professional to get their opinion. For some people, antidepressant therapy is a good fit. For others, not so much. Whatever you and your medical professional decide is okay, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Maybe you’re thinking about trying antidepressants but aren’t completely sure. If that’s the case, you can try out other types of therapy first to see what helps you. Oftentimes, many people find relief from combining different types of therapies. Whatever you decide, Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help. Check out these alternatives to antidepressant therapy.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness has been beneficial to so many people, regardless of a diagnosed mental illness. Some may find mindfulness lofty and hard to practice. Mindfulness can be practiced through yoga or meditation. It can be as simple as sitting silently outside for a few moments. Getting in touch with your thoughts and feelings is important for everyone to do. Focusing on the moment you are in, and nothing else is something that will calm your anxieties and help to give you more joy in your life. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has helped so many people. Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a therapist not only helps to get your thoughts out in the open and makes you aware of them, but there are techniques you can employ with a therapist that has proven benefits. In this type of talk therapy, the individual learns to revamp their thoughts in order to get rid of negative spirals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treats the whole issue, including the root problems, instead of just focusing on the surface issues. 

Behavioral Activation Therapy

In this type of therapy, individuals gently push themselves to do activities that they previously found joy in. By doing this, they work to add meaning to their lives. This type of therapy doesn’t have to be monumental things every day. The individual can practice Behavioral Activation Therapy by volunteering their time or creating meaningful moments with family and friends. This is encouraged because those with depression often isolate themselves from their family and friends, as well as stopping the activities that once brought them joy. This therapy is proven to lighten and brighten your mood.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

This non-invasive treatment is proven to be helpful for individuals suffering from treatment-resistant depression. During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, magnets are held to the individual’s head while they are awake, which stimulates the nerve cells in your brain. This helps to alleviate depression symptoms. 

Exercise

Exercise is helpful for anyone, regardless of a mental health issue. Exercise is proven to boost your mood and make you feel healthy. This doesn’t mean you have to run three miles every day with weights around your ankles. The purpose is not to train for a marathon. We just want you to get moving. As long as you are moving, neurotransmitters are flowing which helps you feel better.

Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you figure out which treatment is best for you. Reach out to our staff today for more information on treatments that don’t involve antidepressants. Call now at 866-697-7573. We can’t wait to speak with you!