Beat depression without drugs

I'm not always impressed by studies that find a depression treatment works as well as antidepressant drugs because the drugs themselves often can't beat placebos in many studies.

And if the drug can't beat a placebo, then any treatment that works "as well" as that drug is also, at the end of the day, only about as good as a placebo.

So bear that in mind when you read about a new study that finds psychotherapy works -- because the review of 198 published studies finds that it works about as well as many common (ineffective) antidepressant drugs.

Supposedly, seven different forms of psychotherapy -- including both group sessions and face-to-face sessions -- all work equally well, although some may be better for certain patients than others.

The study also finds that these treatments are equally effective in younger patients, older patients, and even new mothers battling the baby blues.

Now, while any form of psychotherapy is certainly preferable to drugs in most cases, neither treatment -- talk therapy or medication -- will do anything to address the real roots of depression.

And that's why patients who rely on either drugs or psychotherapy never really get cured -- not for long, anyway, which is why they often end up back in therapy or back on drugs.

You might even know a few people who've been in and out of therapy or on and off of drugs over the years.

I prefer to address the roots of depression -- and when depression is not caused by an obvious life event such as the loss of a loved one, it's usually caused by nutritional deficiencies and/or hormonal imbalances.

Drugs won't fix that, and neither will psychotherapy.

A holistic physician can run some tests to determine what's causing your depression -- and once you know the cause, you can work on the cure with either natural hormonal supplementation or brain-friendly nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids.

PS: When it seems like no one can help ease your depression, remember that there is always someone who can -- and He makes house calls whenever you ask. Prayer is some of the strongest medicine around, so don't be afraid to give it a try when you need it most.