Monday, September 22, 2008

No longer depressed, or on meds

Doctors show new interest in mind-body therapies for mental illness and are using everything from herbs to meditation and massage to treat depression without medication.

Henry Quant was just 5 years old and bedridden with chronic fevers when he began taking pills for anxiety and depression.

His mother knew that the drugs helped, but they made her nervous.

"The really scary part," Elizabeth Quant said, "is we don't know what these do long term."

This summer, under the watchful eye of his physician, Henry, now 7, replaced his antidepressants with vitamins and learned some stress-relief exercises to calm himself.


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