Author(s): Professor Shaun Holt and Iona Macdonald
More and more people are turning to natural therapies for depression, particularly given the sometimes-limited positive effects and frequent side effects from conventional antidepressant medications. Some natural therapies are surprisingly effective and are supported by strong evidence. For example, an Australasian study found Omega-3 fish oil to be more effective than a common antidepressant medication for people with severe depression. But not all natural therapies are effective or even safe. This book gives an overview of depression and its standard treatment, discusses the importance of researcg as the way to determine which natural therapies are effective, and presents the findings in a format that is useful for the layperson (as well as the health professional). This book is an important resource that brings clarity to an important but confusing issue.