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I read that so many of us have problems with depression, myself included. But Id rather not live on the meds. What helps you ? if anything?




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      Anne E wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • I have to use meds or I’d be dead by now.  But exercise, enough rest, and talking to friends helps.




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • catfan, why do you think depression has been so bad for you? what caused it?




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • My sister has been on and off meds for years and it’s been hit and miss for her. Either she doesn’t get the correct dosage or she’s on a med that she builds a tolerance to. It’s been very hard for her.

      I became very melancholy when perimenopause started and the mood swings and crying episodes were horrible. My doctor at the time offered me meds and I turned them down - it scared me. The hormones are starting to balance out now and I feel much better. Not 100% but much better.




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      Anne E wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • Dianne,
      I think it’s genetic and the longer you go untreated the worse it gets.




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      Tracy Lynn Brown wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • I think for each one of us, it is differnt. I also was on meds for 10 yrs+, And at the time the doctor had me convinced that i would never be any better. It depends on how bad your depression is, but some of the herbal rememedys do help, but even they can be dangerous and bear watching.  Im not agaisnt meds, i just didnt find something that worked for me, without making me a zombie.
      If you watched my time online, i still dont sleep well or much, and i hate it. But what works for me is one day at a time. Try to get enough rest and good diet(i dont do this one, but it is the way to go) And i had a great support system i think.
      I still get down, and i have to just get through it. again it depends on how bad it is.
      hugs and love




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • Dianne, whatever your decision, make sure to talk to your doctor. Also, look into a chiropractor or a holistic/homeopathic practitioner. They could help you come up with other ways to handle issues.

      Everyone has their own beliefs as far as meds. I may not be dead without them, but for the longest time I sure didn’t care about life.  

      Good luck, sweetie! xoxo




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      Kmarie wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • I altered my diet around my period cycle and I take viatmins and supplements. For two weeks out of every month I cut back on bread and starches. Everyday I talk a high concentration of B-complex, and viatmin C. To help focus sometimes I will take DMAE for three or four days then I will stop. It was working well then I developed high blood pressure. Taking the diuretic that the doctor prescriped allowed me to go back into balance.




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • Thank you friends, my Dr does tell me vitamins and exercise, and especially eating right . But it is hard when you just dont feel good, and you are tired...I do try to take care of everyone else, except me. Maybe thats why I feel like Im always running on empty.




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      Marie66 wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • Yes Dianne.. Vitamins, excerise and eating right.. I know it’s hard, been there.. But you got to take care of yourself if you don’t who will.. It’s easier said then done but you got to make it a point to do so.. Remember “ME” time.. I hope you find some time in your busy schedule to do so.. Hope you get to feeling better soon..

      (((HUGZ)))




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      Cathie Beck wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • Vitamin D3 in liquid form! It really helps the body adjust itself and heal. Some physical labor/activity whether you feel like it or not. And of course eating decent food regularly
      helps also. A change in routine helps me also.  

      The liquid Vitamin D3 really had made a huge difference for me and I’m more peppy than
      I used to be. I hope this is helpful.  

      I’m hoping the best for you!  

      Cathie




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      Mztracy wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • Sadly for some, they must be on meds as chemical imbalances are real issues.

      I do 5000iu of D3 daily and have cut out carbs and most dairy. Seems to help my emotional mood.

      But, I will also stay on my Effexor as without it, I cannot cope.




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • Thanks all, so tired of feeling unhappy, and tired. I will try your suggestions, thanks again!




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      Lazylola wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • I’ve never had a diagnosis from a professional, but I am self diagnosed regularly depressed...I usually will eat through it (not wise or healthy) or wait it out...usually it doesn’t last long, but the episodes at times are spaced too close together. Good luck finding something that works for you, I may eventually seek professional help...{{HUGS}}




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • Sensible healthy diet, exercise in some form 2-3 days a week, probiotics, vitamin and calcium regimen, regular visits with my Rheumatologist and other docs, naturopathic items...and after all that, still I need anti-inflammatories and anti-depressants, so in essence for me, a combination of conventional and natural ingredients is my savior...might I add, you need to de-stress at times...an hour or two to yourself.  Go out to a movie, have lunch, go to a book-store, grab a coffee, get a pedicure...whatever it takes...if you are dealing with Fibromyalgia, it is crucial to your well-being, trust me!estaticheartheart




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • Marya, that would be fine, if I had time and money to do all that , ( going to docs, ect,) I am stuck here at my house with 6 young kids a day (not mine) and cant get to a dr withough taking time off work, which means , all the parents have to take time off their work (which doent always go over good with them) I really cant afford to lose my job. Will do what I can though , :)




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      Msj wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • My understanding is that it can be organic;involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs.

      Or caused from outside the body stressors.

      Also genetic predisposition plays a factor.

      Treatment can vary from western meds to Eastern Herbs to relaxation techniques.

       I have worked with psychiatrists and Acupuncturist/M.D, Biochemist  

      I have also taught Tai Chi Chuan classes in how to relax,
      in addition to being diagnosed with ptsd, panic disorder, plmd.

      I believe from  personal and familial experience that depending on the cause, the individual needs to find the correct diagnosis and treatment without being poo poo'd by others.  

      There is nothing to be embarrased or feel bad about if medication is medically needed to balance neurotransmitters that are not functioning properly.

      There are cases where it is in a best interest to not use western meds. There are cases where western meds are the best. I have 2 friends case in point. Each used prozac for short term. That was years ago. Got them out of their slump.

      I have learned from my 73 year old biochemist Chinese friend that Herbs are NOT to be taken lightly and administered to oneself like over the counter aspirin. He gets very upset when people buy example ginko biloba etc. or another biggy: valarium root helllo THAT is where valium is made! he says that is a nightmare and very dangerous. He said dosing oneself with Herbal medicine is likened to buying prozac and vicoden and popping them how and when you feel like it.
      so IF you feel the need to “go natural” please please seek a qualified herbalist! preferbaly one who has studied biochemistry.
      peace




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      Msj wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • yappy me again,

      on my personal deppresion issues, when I feel it coming on I have to make myself get up and walk outside. I mean make myself. Sometimes I will start just to the corner and back then I work up to a mile.... If I catch it in time I can usually bring myself out of it.
      Just thought I would share...




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      Karyn Olson wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • I never had problems with depression in my life...at least not until a couple of years ago...seems so much happened at once...and I found myself staying in with the windows covered...I was eating...not because I was hungry but just because...I was tired all the time and very emotional...I finally went to the doctor and she told me that I was going through a depression...They immediately put me on Effexor...started me on a small dose and worked my way up...I am like MzTracy...I have to take my meds...if I don’t I am off balance...I cry at the drop of a hat and I begin to feel anxious...So for me it is imperative that I take them.
      I have noticed a big difference since I have been on them...I am slowly getting out more, not eating just because and my emotions are intact (unless I happen to miss a dose...if that happens then I become a big cry baby...and cry over nothing.)




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      Cathie Beck wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • Hi MSJ and Ladies,

      To correct the information on Valerian Root... Valuim has nothing to do with the herb and it doesn’t contain any Valerian Root in it’s chemical composite. I’m an herbalist and studied  the chemical make up of Valerian Root and Valuim. Both have sedative chemicals, but that is all they have in common.  

      I agree with your herbalist friend 100%! Medicinal herbs are not to mistaken as harmless
      because they are natural. I strongly don’t recommend taking any herb without a licensed doctor’s prescribing them after testing and diagnosis.  Just like with prescription drugs, we can have adverse reactions, side effects.  

      Cathie




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      Cristina Corral wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • also, you can look into 5-HTP- 5 hydroxy tryptophan, or L-tryptophan, but I think 5-HTP is metabolized better in your body.

      You can type it into your search engine and read all about it.  Our bodies need it so that we are not depressed and we produce it naturally.




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      Cindy1971 wrote Mar 22, 2011
    • One thing that helps me with this is a B12 shot and a vigorous walk 5-7 times a week. I have done the meds thing...for many years and stopped because I wasn’t sure if they were really helping anymore...I did great without them. I did have to adjust to life on lifes terms and work through what I have learned are normal bad days that we all have, then a gf of mine gave me a B12 shot and it helps me. Just a thought! take care!




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      Diane17 wrote Mar 25, 2011
    • The last time I suffered with severe depression, it took a combination of therapy and medication to bring me out of it.  I was so depressed I didn’t go to work for a month, I literally could not get out of bed.  I saw a psychiatrist and a psychologist.




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      Mzd3 wrote Mar 25, 2011
    • did you get your job back after that month?




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      Mzd3 wrote Mar 25, 2011
    • How long did you stay on the meds?




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      Diane17 wrote Mar 26, 2011
    • Yes, I had either the psychiatrist or psychologist write my manager a note about my depression and condition.  I don’t think I was on meds that long...maybe several months definitely not a year.  But I think the combination of therapy and medication really helped me get out of the severe depression.  

      I went back to work for a few months and then found myself a new job and things got better.  This was a while ago, in the late 90s.




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