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How to fix Depression, without meds?
Okay, I have been feeling really bad for long while now. One of my friends finally convinced me to take a test on this medical website & it said that i was severely depressed & needed medication. I kinda already knew this, I just don't want to. It's getting slowly worse, I'm at the point now to where my mom thinks I'm bipolar. I am angry most of the time. The whole depression thing started after a really bad breakup & betrayal over a year ago. I'm still not really over it because of how I felt about the boy. I was physically sick for months, then I just went into hiding & severe sadness to the point of cutting, now I am just in a rage a lot of the time.A lot of things are contributing to this & there's not much I can do to make it better. I cannot see my best friend anymore, I hate my school & where I'm living, & other little stuff is what makes me feel this way. I just want to fix it, without medication. The only reason I don't want meds is because I know I'd be the one to nut up while on it & kill myself. &I just don't wanna be on anything I don't have to be. I have a weird personality, which is what makes going to this school so difficult. I am terrified to talk to people, &everyone at my school is already grouped up anyway so I'm just a third wheel. I'm trying to improve my life but i need tips to make some of these feelings go away, I'm sick of being miserable.Yeahh, I know I'm gonna get a lot of judgment for this & people calling me dumb saying quit complaining but I frankly don't care what you have to say if you're going to be rude.
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Anonymous
I feel exactly the same way you do & I have a similar personality. I've been diagnosed w/ schizophrenia, anxiety & depression so life's pretty tough for me. I'd see a therapist if you don't want to take meds. Best of luck!
Anonymous
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Identify the cause, if possible. Was there a triggering event? If so, it is probably reactive (situational) depression: counselling, psychotherapy, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is indicated. Or, was it a more gradual thing, with no apparent cause? (a nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, environmental toxicity, or reactions to some medications, such as Advil etc., becomes more likely as the cause). Antidepressants work quicker than the following; 2 - 6 weeks, but you may have to adjust dosage, or types. St. John's Wort helps most people; tolerance doesn't develop, and the few side effects don't occur often, and even then are normally not severe (neither antidepressants, nor the wort, nor supplements should be relied on as a sole treatment). It doesn't cause sleeping problems, or weight change, and usually takes at least 2, and generally 4 - 6 weeks to become effective, but can sometimes work quicker than antidepressants. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10759336?dopt=Abstract A recent, independent German double blind study showed it to be as effective as a commonly prescribed antidepressant, in cases of major depression, with far fewer side effects, and those were generally better tolerated, with a lower rate of discontinuation. Unlike antidepressants, where sexual dysfunction is a common side effect, it is far less of a problem with SJW. A multidimensional approach to treating depression without medication follows. All except for no. (7.) are safe to use with medication, but not SJW, because of interactions, and it's sensible to check out anything else first, like Ginkgo Biloba, Gotu Kola, or supplements, such as SAMe, 5-htp, or L-phenylalanine, with your doctor. (1.) Take at least 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or its FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it! In the winter months, if not getting sufficient daily exposure to strong light, see http://drbenkim.com/vitamin-d-facts.htm & http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/16/my-one-hour-vitamin-d-lecture-to-clear-up-all-your-confusion-on-this-vital-nutrient.aspx Go to a doctor and ask for a 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, blood test. When you get the results, dont follow the typical normal reference range, as these are too low. The OPTIMAL value that youre looking for is 45-52 ng/ml (115-128 nmol/l)". The company which tests your levels has to be one of those using the correct form of test, and this topic is addressed via the searchbar at Mercola.com - "vitamin D3; testing". Also take a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin; the deficiency in vitamin B9 (folate, or folic acid) that most depressed people have, is known to cause depression. Around 30% - 40% of depressed people have low vitamin B12 levels. (2.) Work up slowly to at least 20 minutes of daily exercise, or 30 - 60 mns, 5 times weekly in daytime, outside. Too much exercise can cause stress; unwanted when dealing with depression. (3.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain). (4.) Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as: (free) http://www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.html or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm or http://www.wikihow.com/Meditate or Yoga Nidra, (no flexibility required) at http://your-mental-health.8m.com/blank_11.html Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Give the EFT a good tryout, to see if it helps you. It is free via the searchbar at http://www.mercola.com "EFT" & "EFT therapists" - Professional is best. There is a version for use in public places, (you could claim to have a headache, as you use the acupressuremassage/tapping on your temples. (5.) Initially, at least, some form of psychotherapy or counselling; later, perhaps either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, (a free E course in it, which may well reduce the time needed in therapy, as should *, & ** is at: http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome ) or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy for up to 6 months. (6.) Maintain a mood chart, and daily activities schedule**. (7.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St. John's wort, (get a German variety, if possible; local ones may vary in effectiveness. Perika, Jarsin, and Kira brands have been recommended as being effective. Take with a meal), Supplements, such as SAMe, 5-htp, L-phenylalanine: see: http://www.indepression.com/depression-natural-remedy.html (from vitamin and health food stores, some supermarkets have old/inferior types, or mail order: Google: " ... ; supplies"), St. John's Wort, etc. 80% of people in the Western world have low magnesium levels; which can cause depression.
Anonymous
Hey Amanda, So to help answer your question i want to let you know im in the same position right now and totally understand the feeling, the feeling of hopelessness, helpless, possibly unwanted unloved feeling. My whole life i never asked for help with anything not only because i'm that confident in myself but also i feel embarrassed and weird asking for help. I have so much depression right now its almost intolerable so i basically caved in and made an appt with my Dr. Now i hate meds of any kind but I let my Dr put me on Celexa for the depression and I have to say its been a life saver and I do feel like im getting back to normal. Depression comes from a lot of things but the reason for (SSRIs) depression meds is to correct a chemical in balance in your brain. The meds don't make you different or anything. they assist in getting you feeling back to normal and are usually just for 6 months but could be taken for more or less depending on your condition. Give it a chance. You can't loose anything by meds and you dont have to tell friends or anyone like me. I also have another problem which most people with depression have and you probably do also and that is thinking non stop. Us people with depression tend to think about everything non stop and then think about the things they are thinking about and so on so you never have a relaxed at ease moment. Especially while trying to sleep. your mind keeps you away thinking of a break up or death or anything else. I was also but on another medication which i really didn't wanna do but was a good decision in the end. It's called Ambien and gives you the most relaxed feeling and slows you mind down so you can sleep. Please take my advice. it's well worth it and if you have any questions about anything don't hesitate to ask cause i know how it feels ;)


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