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Natural therapies for treating depression

Updated on September 29, 2013

We had an idea!

I'll get straight to the point. My business partner and I, copywriters, both have experience with spouses suffering from depression, and experience with spouses who were stubborn about seeking clinical treatment for said depression. They resisted the idea of counselling and they refused to consult their doctors about anti-depressant medication.

This was frustrating for the rest of us; it was not just these two men who were being affected by this problem. I recall saying to my spouse at one point, 'If you don't want to get help for your own sake, at least do it for the children.'

Eventually my spouse agreed to get a prescription for anti-depressants. But he didn't get any sort of examination and diagnosis as to what type of medication might be right for him. His doctor basically said, 'Here, I'll write you a prescription. Try this and see how you go. But be warned, it could adversely affect your marriage.'

Did his medication help? No. His moods were all over the place and his behaviour became quite erratic and strange. Playing around with the medication didn't help either, which he did to maintain his ultra-high mood. The medication he was on is serious stuff; you have to obey the rules. He didn't.

We are now divorced.

In the aftermath, my business partner and I asked ourselves a question: is traditional medication the only option here? What about natural therapies? Could something like yoga or diet help in the treatment or at least the management of depression? And what if there was an instantly downloadable ebook offering a variety of natural choices, all in the one place, to help someone make a decision about what was best for them or their loved one?

This is the story of how we created our first ebook.


Calling alternative therapists!

Let's talk.

We put a shout-out on Sourcebottle asking for alternative therapists who were willing to be interviewed for a new ebook about their practices in treating depression and got a number of very positive responses.

In no time at all we had a hypnotherapist, a dietician, a naturopath, a sleep therapist, a yoga instructor, a kinesiologist, an expert in hormones, a neuro-linguistic programmer and a life coach.

Oh, and a wiccan. Because of the tone we had in mind for the book, we didn't actually want a wiccan but we said we'd keep her in mind for another project.

Emails were exchanged, interview dates and times were agreed upon and the interviews took place via Skype.

Writing it all up.

Then came the hard part.

We had the nearly three hours of recordings transcribed, then we edited and proofread the transcripts, formatted according to Amazon requirements, designed a front cover (as in: agonised over the front cover), wrote a sales page and uploaded the ebook to Amazon for instant downloading.

I'm making this sound a lot easier and a lot less fiddly and technical than it really was, because who wants to read that, right? Suffice it to say there was a lot of 'How do we do that?', 'What just happened?' and 'That's not working.'

Also, 'That doesn't look right', ''Why isn't there a page break where I put a page break?' and 'Maybe I should get a proper job.'

Plus bad language.

But sometimes it was 'That worked!', 'I did it!' and 'That wasn't as difficult as I thought it was going to be.'


This happened. Often. - Head, meet desk. Oh wait, you already know each other.

Some days it was like pushing a glue ball up a hill with our noses. If we'd known what we were taking on we might have chickened out.


Our supervisor. - He's tough but fair.

Most of the time we work at my house, with my cat overseeing our progress and assisting with editorial advice. He's very particular about the use of the apostrophe. (I am not projecting AT ALL!)

Be Depression Free Naturally - We got there in the end.

Here is our ebook, our glue ball transformed into an instant download, with potential solutions to the heavy burden that is depression. Click on the blue bit and take a look inside.

What about you?

Some people are open-minded about alternative therapies and some people think they're a load of bunkum. I fall somewhere in the middle; some make sense to me, like hypnotherapy, which I've tried, and some make no sense at all. Others are just a bit scary. The very idea of acupuncture! All those needles. Pass!

I didn't consult a hypnotherapist for depression but for confidence in a shorthand writing exam. You can't hit the right keys on your funky little machine if they're shaking with nerves!

A friend of mine consulted a Chinese herbologist for stress and was very pleased with the results. I also know someone who swears by kinesiology.

Have you ever tried an alternative therapy?

See results

Along the way we learned cool new stuff.

Like what?

Well, we learned how to use Calibre, Dropbox, Scrivener and Evernote, how to format an ebook for Kindle and how to promote an ebook using social media.

We learned about natural therapies, the effect diet has on mood and how hormone imbalances can influence weight gain as well as mood.

We also learned why some people with depression do not seek help or treatment and how traumatic incidents in one's past can lead to depression later in life.

Oh, and that if you seek help from a hypnotherapist you will not necessarily be instructed to dance like a chicken. Unless you want to be, and that's totally fine.

And then?

Fame and fortune. Oh, wait . . .

We're still waiting for our ebook to set the world on fire, astound the online publishing world with its magnificence and become a NY Times bestseller, but we received a lot of positive feedback, it was an interesting learning curve and we made some new friends, which is always nice.

Then we started our next project. No, it does not involve the wiccan.

We also discovered Squidoo!

Our other office. - Feeling sorry for us?

Sometimes when we have cabin fever after working at my place for days on end we go here, Beachcomber Cafe and Restaurant on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, to work.

And we do work. They have wi-fi there. And food. Good food.

What's on the menu?

Did I mention the food?

Beachcomber's chilli mussels are to die for.

The lamb shanks are good too.

And I like the fish and chips. Bad. Very bad. But so good!

And sometimes we go here.

Just for a change of scenery and menu.

Nice view, huh? - We love it.

Rickett's Point Teahouse is slightly further afield than Beachcomber and because it doesn't have wi-fi we go there to brainstorm, ALWAYS with our notebooks and pens. Yes, sometimes we write the old-fashioned way.

On a good day we see black swans. On a very good day we see black swans, pelicans and dolphins.

The write stuff. - What to choose, what to choose.

My business partner and I have a serious notebook problem. We LOVE them. In fact, this problem is so serious we probably need an intervention.

A visitor to Rickett's Point.

I like pelicans so I've included this photo just because I can.

Onwards and upwards!

Here we go again.

Our new project is looking like another biggie, involving writing, email list building, more writing. And that's just for starters. Are we looking at another giant glue ball? Probably. Are we looking at more heads hitting desks? Oh yeah.

But we've done it once and we got through it, and now we have more knowledge and experience than we had when we started. Which is in our favour. So we can do it again.

As you can see, our supervisor is very concerned about the workload. He may look like he is dozing on the towel he pulled down onto the bathroom heating duct but he is actually thinking about our upcoming meeting with a client.

Thank you! - We got lucky.

Before I go, my business partner and I would like to thank the therapists who contributed to our ebook: Kylie, Sam, Nikola, Belinda, Rachel, Valentina, Sharon, Gabrielle and Leah. They are awesome. Without these wonderful women we couldn't have done this.


BE DEPRESSION FREE NATURALLY: How to Stop Depression Forever And Kickstart Your Happiness
BE DEPRESSION FREE NATURALLY: How to Stop Depression Forever And Kickstart Your Happiness

Updated edition, now with five bonus chapters and links to free downloads of the original recordings.

Tap into the knowledge of these amazing specialists.

Only $2.99 on Amazon now.


I hope you enjoyed the visit.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @Dusty2 LM: Thank you very much.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @PadmashriSriram: Thank you.

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      PadmashriSriram 4 years ago

      Thanks for penning down your experiences. Love your lens.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Nice Lens. Your sharing this info and lens is very gracious. Thank You for stopping by one of my lenses and giving it a "thumbs up" as I appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @miaponzo: Ming is getting a new, big scratching post for Xmas. Sssh, don't tell.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @sybil watson: Thank you so much! What nice words. Thanks for stopping by.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      I admire you so much for using your experience to help others who are suffering from depression like your husband. I'm all for using any therapy that works.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I love Siamese cats and my cat Bibi LOVES that beautiful cat climbing/scratching post that you have listed.. she has the huge tall one and adores it!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @changrcoacher: I agree with you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @miaponzo: Thank you so much!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your book! That is wonderful!!!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Great humor! I love your lens! For more natural depression ideas see my lens at - Thanks.

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      changrcoacher 4 years ago

      What a delightful lens! I can so relate to your journey. I tried to buy your book, but I don't do Kindle. I DO fully support natural therapies, including foods, for treating depression. I think we are over-medicated and undernourished as a people...thank you!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @newyorkdude: Ha ha! That's a very good question. I'm going to go out on a very big limb and say Natalie Portman! But she only gets the gig if she can master an Australian accent.

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      newyorkdude 4 years ago

      When they make your book into a movie who will play you?

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @ecogranny: That's a great idea actually. It's really got me thinking. Thanks.

      Glue ball is just an expression meaning trying to do something that is really hard some days. Imagine pushing a big ball of glue up a hill with your nose. Very difficult. That's how it was some days when we were trying to format the book or master some new software.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I did! I thoroughly enjoy your writing style and your story about writing and publishing your book. I hope there is another lens in the offing that tells us a little about each of the interviewees and their contributions to the book--not to give it away but to entice us to look deeper.

      Also, a question: What do you mean by glue ball? Did I miss something above? If so, I apologize.

      Looking forward to seeing more of you here on Squidoo. Best wishes.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: Ha ha! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment :)

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: Thanks very much for your comments and thanks for visiting.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Definitely enjoyed the visit. My fav pic is "head banging" - not so much that, but the fact that someone keeps all their pens in a Ben & Jerry Cookie Dough container. Now if that's not a "natural" treatment for depression, what is?? ;)

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      yes, very much enjoyed this well presented, informative lens. you have done a great job in this lens.

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Excellent lens. Well written, fun, informative and with great photos too.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: That's it exactly. We're not saying things like yoga and improved diet will cure every mental illness, just that they can help with mild depression and low mood.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. It's greatly appreciated.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Great lens. So many people think a prescription drug "corrects the problem" or "fixes an imbalance" making it sound like a cure, but it just poorly suppresses symptoms, most of the effect is the placebo effect, and it causes other problems with side effects. "Alternative" merely means not supported by the for-profit drug companies and medical industry, not supported because it would lower their profits.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: Thank you very much for your kind words.

      Our supervisor also thanks you. He always likes it when someone appreciates how handsome he is.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      PS I've put your lens forward for a Purlple Star award. Good luck!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      What a great lens I feel as though I've known you for years! Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off! Cool! You are guys have inspired me - and believe me that takes some doing on Monday morning! Actually, thinking about it, how could you fail with a great, tough but fair, supervisor like that - and so handsome too!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @SavioC: Thank you very much. I appreciate your comments.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Wonderful post. The last thing for depression I must say is anti-depressant. There are many ways which can heal you better like exercises, a long morning walk in the sun is also very helpful. You have nicely addressed the issue.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @darkflowers: Thanks, darkflowers! All the best to you.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Great story Megan, a pleasure to read. I feel so sorry for the both of you that you have to work sometimes in that creepy place at the sea... just kidding of course ;-) What an amazing view! I'll bookmark your Lens, I have some friends suffering from depression, so maybe they should buy your book. Good luck with the Wicca ;-) Maybe that's why you want to make a Magic Wand using my Lens, hahaha okay enough now, I'd better go work myself now!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much. Nice words indeed.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Loved the writing style here. Lots of fun. Your boss is my ideal boss. Inspirational view, too. Imagining myself there. Wishing you much continued success. Can I put my order in here for some of those chili mussels? Do you deliver?

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @PlumberJorge: You're welcome.

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      PlumberJorge 4 years ago

      Thanks for writing such a helpful lens.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      Exercise is so helpful, but sometimes a depressed person can't even start that habit without some other sort of help.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @Colin323: I agree. I have a friend whose child needs help. She is only 11 and I have advocated for natural therapies rather than prescription drugs. Fortunately her family is willing to look at alternatives. Thanks for your input.

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Good luck to you. Anything that encourages people to break their dependency on prescription drugs to treat depression gets my vote. My answer to the blues is to get outside and work (hard in the garden) or walk, walk, and keep walking.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @amal-jose-37: Good to know. Thanks for stopping by.

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      amal-jose-37 4 years ago


      that was helpfull

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      amal-jose-37 4 years ago


      that was helpfull

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @LauraCarExpert: Good, I'm glad it helped.

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      Thanks for the lens! This was a great help.

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      dbitterman 4 years ago

      Great lens! I'm wondering how someone with an office view like yours could really understand about depression. Just kidding.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: Thanks! I love that photo too because it's so apt to the experience.

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      I love the "Head, meet Desk" photo. Quirky lens, and an enjoyable read. Well done!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      @tonyaalves3: Thanks. I hope it helps you both.

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      My husband is on depression medication and he wants to get off of them. I will share this lens with him.


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