Originally Answered: Is there anything natural I could take rather than Zoloft, to help me with anxiety, depression, and low libido?
The only diet supplement with solid support from research is fish oil and perhaps St. John's Wort. With St. John's, read about side effects.
Basically, there are two approaches other than medication. I'll name books that explain them.
Authorities on the subject of self help for psychological problems are agreed that self help has limited use. The works mentioned here are not intended to replace office visits.
The consensus among experts is that severe depression requires medical care. Mild depression should be regarded as a serious illness, just as the early stages of an illness such as diabetes should be regarded as serious.
Doctors say that sudden, acute anxiety calls for medical examination, if only to rule out another condition that might be causing the anxiety.
If you think that you're about to harm yourself, call the appropriate emergency number – such as 911 in the U.S. – or your doctor.
The Depression Cure by Stephen Ilardi, Ph.D.
Whereas the effectiveness of lifestyle change is not as well-established as that of other treatments, its versatility and its low cost/low risk, as well as its appeal to young people, make it an interesting approach. The Depression Cure by therapist/researcher Stephen Ilardi is reviewed in Metapsychology. Google "Metapsychology Ilardi."
Related: The Ilardi program is for stress, anxiety, and depression. Stress reduction is important partly because it can lead to depression. Mindfuiness-Based Cognitive Therapy has been shown to prevent relapse after recovery from depression. Its founders have written a popular book, The Mindful Way Through Depression. The Internet provides a number of useful stress reduction techniques, as do books on chronic pain management for nurses.
The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns, M.D.
Clinical studies cited in Handbook of Self Help Therapies have shown the writings of Burns to be effective as therapy for adults, teenagers, and elderly people with mild to moderate depression.
Related: Like his Handbook, Burns' earlier book, Feeling Good, is recommended for depression by mental health professionals. When Panic Attacks by Burns should be considered in light of the recommendations for panic disorder of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (U.K.) The Centre for Mental Health Research of the Australian National University developed MoodGYM, a free, anonymous online program that provides cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression. Authors such as Hauri, Jacobs, and Kryger have written books with proven self-help methods for insomnia. The book by Kryger is for women.
Dying of Embarrassment by Barbara G. Markway, C. Alec Polard, Teresa Flynn, and Cheryl N. Carmin
The book by Markway and her colleagues has been shown to help people with mild to moderate social anxiety.
Related: Social anxiety and social skills are closely related. The most popular self help book ever written, with 16 million copies sold, is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. A version of this book "for teen girls" by the author's daughter Donna Carnegie has been reviewed favorably.