...as an alternative treatment for Major Depressive Disorder? I've been under the care of psychiatrist and psychologist since age 26. My treatment plan includes the antidepressant Effexor XR and weekly visits to the therapist. All was going well... Lots of caring friends, wonderful husband, great career choice... etc. Took awhile to get there, but it happened... and then I got pregnant. Which is an absolute blessing. 5 days ago was my last dose of Effexor, as my psychiatrist worked with my OB to safely wean (ween?) me off of it. According to one of my baby books, a pregnant woman's hormones "shield" her from depressive episodes. My shield is broken. Or didn't come in yet. So I am asking, has anyone ever experienced positive results with alternative treatments? I am exercising daily. I am eliminating foods from my diet that can cause sugar spikes sending my moods into overdrive. I am drinking so much water. I am journaling. I am staying busy. I am seeing my therapist more often than usual. But I am very sad too often for my liking. And, slowly but surely, the worries are setting in. So, if anyone has ever had experience with managing depression symptoms w/o the help of medicine please, please, please let me know. Thank you.