Ways To Deal with Depression

By Dr. Steven Gelbard, MD, Medical Director of ReLife Miami Institute

According to American Psychiatric Association (APA), Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s.

When you’re dealing with clinical depression, everything in life can feel exhausting. While selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, can help, the side effects of these medications may make you want to learn more about non-medication options for treating depression. Let’s talk about some of the non-SSRI options for treating depression.

Non-SSRI Options For Treating Depression And Other Mental Health Issues

Swipe through each images to learn what are the other non-SSRI options for treating depression and other mental health issues​.


It sounds almost too good to be true, but exercise is an effective method of treatment for low to moderate depression. Studies have shown that moderate to intense exercise most days of the week works as well as a low dose antidepressant for mild to moderate depression. Exercise can be great at relieving symptoms of depression on its own or in combination with SSRI treatment.

Talk therapy

Depression is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, and negative thought patterns can contribute to this imbalance. It can be hard to put a stop to these patterns on your own, and talk therapy can help. Seeing a therapist doesn’t mean that you’re crazy, or that you’ll need to be in therapy forever. Short-term, solution-focused therapy can be life-changing for people who suffer from depression.

S-adenosylmethionine, or SAMe

SAMe, is the synthetic form of a compound that naturally occurs in the body. While SAMe is used widely in Europe to treat depression, it’s not yet approved by the FDA for that use. Nevertheless, it’s available in U.S. pharmacies and drug stores without a prescription and may be worth a shot if you’re interested in using natural supplementation to ease your depression symptoms.


Using an alternative treatment or medication that aids in your body’s natural microcirculation processes may be helpful for people with several mental health conditions, including depression. D’OXYVA is a popular non-invasive therapy that uses medical grade CO2 that can significantly help your body’s microcirculation process. This can improve the processes of your body’s autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary actions in your body (like digestion and breathing). When your body’s autonomic nervous system is functioning at a higher level, you’re likely to get better sleep, experience better digestion, and experience a heightened sense of well-being, which may contribute to the lessening of depressive symptoms.

Eating fish

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish may help the brain to control the symptoms of depression. While more studies need to be done, the initial research has shown that the acids help ease depressive symptoms. Both D’OXYVA therapy and eating fish work to contribute to greater overall mental health.


Dr. Steven Gelbard

MD is a Neurosurgeon that has been in practice in Florida for almost 30 years. He graduated from Tufts University School Of Medicine and then did additional training at NYU, Brown University and Harvard Medical School affiliated Hospitals, as well as other prestigious institutions. He holds several US patents for medical inventions and has worked with professional sports teams including the NHL Florida Panthers hockey team, the NFL Miami Dolphins football team, and the ABA Florida Pitbulls basketball team. He is currently the Medical Director of the ReLife Miami Institute.




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