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Depression is a serious mental illness that affects the mood of the patient. Depression causes the patient to have a constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest in daily life activities. People with depression can feel hopeless and worthless causing them to have recurrent thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts. Depression is one of the most common illnesses today and can affect any person at any age. It is believed to be caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain. Therefore, there are many medicationsthat can be used for depression that alter these neurotransmitters and hormones. However, these medications can cause unwanted side effects such as insomnia, upset stomach, diminished sexual performance and interactions with other medications. This can lead patients to abruptly stop the use of these medications, as a result, another treatment should be available for people who do not want to take the traditional medicines. An alternative to traditional medicines for depression include herbal medicine. These herbal medicines can include St. John's Wort, Saffron, Ginseng, Lavender and many more. These herbal medicines can be shown to have positive outcomes on a patient's depression with minimal side effects. Therefore, this paper will be describing the alternative herbal medicines that can be used for depression and their effectiveness in improving depression.

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Spring 2020



Herbal Medicines Effect on Depression Treatment

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Psychology Commons