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Teen Depression Treatment: Home Remedies

March 9, 2017
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Teen Depression Treatment: Home Remedies

Home remedies for teen depression treatment –  alternatives and options

There are a few home remedies and complementary and alternative therapies that could help to reduce or manage symptoms of teen depression. These methods should always be used as part of a complete teen depression treatment plan and are not substitutes for anti-depressant medication or conventional therapy.

Home remedies for teen depression include stress management techniques, other mind-body connection techniques and acupuncture.

Stress management techniques

Stress management techniques for teen depression treatment include the following:

  • Take time-outs, such as reading, going for walks and so on.
  • Use part of lunch breaks as ‘quiet time’.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Limit caffeine intake.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Exercise daily, if the teen is not already playing a sport.
  • Eat well balanced meals, including keeping healthy energy-boosting snacks at hand.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Welcome humor.
  • Do your best and be proud of your efforts.
  • Learn what triggers your anxiety – write a journal and use one of the relaxation techniques listed on this page to manage anxiety.

Mind-body connections

Mind-body connection techniques can be done at home or through a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner. They include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Meditation
  • Massage therapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Music or art therapy
  • Spirituality

Acupuncture

If the teen is willing, acupuncture may help manage stress and reduce symptoms of teen depression. Some studies have shown that acupuncture is just as effective as anti-depressants in treating depression.

Other considerations

Encourage the teen to:

  • make and keep healthy relationships.
  • stay active.
  • ask for help.
  • have realistic expectations
  • make reasonable goals
  • try to not have too many activities or going-ons in life
  • simplify life by choosing obligations and commitments
  • structure time.
  • connect with other teens suffering from depression.
  • stay healthy.

Resource recommendations

Teen Depression Guide: Click on the links bellow for further sections of this Teen Depression Guide.