I’m not sure if this is “alternative” but religion (Christianity is what I know personally and can vouch for, but maybe other types would work, too). I think it gets to the depth of your fears, anxieties, loneliness and frustrations about this world, and also can provide important community support. Not to mention helping you focus on helping others, which is ultimately helpful to your own mood. I think life in today’s world is really, really hard sometimes and faith has pulled me through more than once.
I am of the opinion that depression is emotional/spiritual much more often than physical (in the majority of cases – I know sometimes it can be from a B12 deficiency or hormone issues or something). I think the fact that depression is skyrocketing as religiousness plummets in society is no coincidence (for multiple reasons).
In addition to doing physical tests, I would give some real thought to where your emotional issues may lie because more often than not their stresses will be the root cause.
But it was a lot easier after I was diagnosed with vitamin deficiency in b12 and D. I had B12 injections 3x a week for a month. Then 1x a week for another month. Also prescription vitamin D.
I still had anxiety/depression issues I was/am dealing with, but it is much more manageable. Vitamin B12 actually helped me sleep through the night–for the first time in a year and a half.
I agree with getting vitamin/hormone levels checked!!!
When I’m feeling down, Carlson’s VitD drops are my first goto remedy.
I also found that when I started re-feeding and E4H, my mood picked up a BUNCH. Something about eating foods you like, in sufficient quantities, improving your metabolism and temperatures just made me feel GOOD.
Eating enough good food also made me want to move more (as did 3 minutes in the tanning bed, i.e. VitD) – and getting fresh air, out walking the dog is also a major mood-lifter for me.