There are many devices and supplements that can improve mental health, but it’s hard to know which ones really work. We consulted with groups that do independent tests to make the recommendations below.
To learn more about how to use these products check brochure we gave you at your visit.
Our self-help book has 32 natural therapies for mental health with detailed instructions on how to use them
NLT Lightbox (larger model, at cet.org, click SHOP)
Circadian Rhythm Test (AutoMEQ). Tells you the optimal time to start light therapy in the morning. Click on “For everyone” then “Self assessment”.
Philips HF3520. A good option with a built in permanent bulb that’s bright enough to be therapeutic
Philips Somneo Connected HF3670. Same as above, but with some luxury features like temperature monitoring and smart-phone integration for a premium price
Lighten up. Lowest cost option. Requires a bright, dimable lamp to work.
LowBlueLights.com All the glasses on this site work, and they have other devices to block blue light
Gingko (Tebonin) (for tardive dyskinesia and memory; full dose 2/day or 240 mg/day)
Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA). Lake Ave (note: unlike other products on this site, we do not have access to lab testing on PEA. This fatty acid is found in peanuts and egg yolks and treated mania and depression in small studies, dose 600 mg twice a day).
Constipation: Docusate-Senna combination (generic of peri-colace)
Dry Mouth: To increase saliva and protect teeth, try gums with xylitol (Spry, Epic, Pur), stick-on xylitol melts (Xylimelts mint or semisweet). To further protect teeth, use Biotene products. More on Dry Mouth.
Tardive dyskinesia: Gingko (Tebonin) (full dose 2/day or 240 mg/day)
For brand name medications, check the official website for coupons (the website is the brandname.com, e.g. trintellix.com).
GoodRx. Searches your local pharmacies for the lowest out-of-pocket price. Note that Costco often has the lowest price and you don’t need to be a member to use their pharmacy.
Needs Meds. Discount card and connects you to various savings programs, including patient assistance programs for people who need brand name medications but have a low income.
Save on My Meds. Checks for lowest price if you’re paying out of pocket, also verifies if an online pharmacy is safe.
Refill Wise. Discount card.
If you plan on getting your meds through an online or overseas pharmacy, there are ways to do it safer and ways that are riskier. Those risks are big, as many overseas pharmacies ship poorly made products with dangerous ingredients in them. Deception is rampant. Most of the ones that advertise as “Canadian” don’t even sell medications that would pass inspection in Canada.
The safest online sources are those with a “.pharmacy” at the end of their web address. Two groups that can check the safety, and give you a list of safe online sources, are:
Buy Safely. Type in your pharmacies website to check if it’s safe. Or download their list of verified pharmacies.
National Association of Boards of Pharmacies. Check their list of pharmacies that past inspection through their VIPPS program.
We recommend keeping all your pills in a weekly box. Otherwise it’s nearly impossible to remember them, and even more frustrating when you’re not sure if you did or not. It’s best to get 4 weekly boxes so you only have to fill them once a month. There are lots of good options, but mainly it comes down to the size you need and whether you need one with twice-a-day boxes.
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Choosing to Live (for suicidal thoughts and impulses)
Stopping Anxiety Medication (an evidence-based guide to coming off benzodiazepines by Dr. Otto)
How do we make our recommendations?