For between 30% to 50% of depressed people, antidepressants don't work.
✨ Research suggests that approximately 30% of individuals with depression may have treatment resistant depression.
✨ People's biological makeup, including genetic factors and physiological variations, can influence how they respond to antidepressants! Some people may have a specific genetic profile that makes them less responsive to certain types of medications.
✨ Depression can often co-occur with other mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorders.
It is important to note that while antidepressant medications are commonly prescribed, they are not the only treatment option for depression.
As a Naturopath, we commonly look at addressing nutrient deficiencies and modulating neurotransmitters using herbal medicine. Certain nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins (particularly vitamin B12 and folate), vitamin D, and minerals like zinc and magnesium, have been linked to mental health and are believed to play a role in depression.
Herbal treatment for depression includes St Johns Wort – St. John's Wort has shown to alleviate symptoms of mild to moderate depression in multiple studies. The plant contains active compounds such as hypericin and hyperforin, which are believed to influence neurotransmitters like serotonin & dopamine.
Another useful herbs are saffron & turmeric! The combination of turmeric and saffron has been shown to improve depressive symptoms, by reducing neuroinflammation. modulate HPA activity for enhanced stress adaptation, believed to boost the production of serotonin.
It's important to discuss this with your healthcare practitioner, and we can be a part of your healthcare team for a holistic treatment of your mental health concerns x