Approximately 50% of patients newly diagnosed with major depressive disorder relapse after achieving remission on the first antidepressant prescribed. There are multiple factors associated with relapses such as: prior history of depression or anxiety, ethnicity and prior functional status.
There are many classes of antidepressant medications that can be utilized for treatment. There are also many natural agents/therapies that can be useful in treating depressive symptoms. These include L-methylfolate, S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe), creatinine, B complex vitamins, vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids, and acupuncture. Often times, these therapies are used as adjuncts with prescription medications for depressive symptoms.
L-methylfolate is a nutritional food (neutraceutical) that spurs the production of more neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine which help regulate our moods and alleviate depression.
SAMe is a crucial component of three metabolism pathways. One of these pathways boosts levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
Creatinine plays an important role in brain energy metabolism balance; studies have shown that altered cerebral energy metabolism may be a precursor to depression development.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. She offers many natural treatment options for depression, including those discussed above and acupuncture. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the office at (813) 902-9559.