Basic First Steps

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician or other qualified healthcare professional.


  • Follow a Mediterranean-type diet with adequate protein and good fat to stabilize blood sugar


  • Incrementally reduce alcohol
  • An appropriate approach is to reduce and eliminate only one substance at a time

Nutrients to supplement daily

  • multivitamin/mineral or B-complex
  • vitamin C
  • magnesium

Further steps

  • Look at identifying potential food allergies and avoiding suspect foods
  • If you suspect blood-sugar issues, it may be tied to your depression. Refer to Hypoglycemia and Depression section

Additional nutrients to consider supplementing
(see each nutrient for food sources and dosing information)

  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin B12
  • zinc
  • inositol

If you are taking medications

  • Ask your doctor if they may be inducing your depression symptoms, and what can be done about it
  • Research any associated nutrient depletions and consider supplementing those nutrients
  • Do not discontinue taking medications without consulting with your doctor

Seek qualified guidance

  • Consider working with someone trained in Orthomolecular practice or Orthomolecular Psychiatry