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What are some good alternatives to anti depressants?
Been on zoloft for a while it has helped with my anxiety but not my depression.. anyone know some good natural alternatives if possible.thank u so mcuh 10points best answer=] xoxo
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many different bottles of pills all at once.
i read some where along time ago that is you stand in front of the mirror in the morning and start to laugh a little at first then devope a good hearty laugh that it releases a hormone or something into your body that makes you feel good all day simples
If you want a chemical solution go to a shrink. But I know 2 good homemade remedies. The first is just to exercise. It gives you an endorphin high and might improve your body image if you have any problems with that. Second, when you take a shower, slowly make it hotter and hotter and hotter so that your skin can get used to the scalding water. Then switch it all the way to cold and stay in for about the duration of a song.When you get out, you'll have incredible endorphins and it feels like the whole world is hugging you.
Relaxation every morning and before bed, hope this helps :)
Running, walking, music, happy music, motivational music like let the drummer kick, producing music, drawing, writing, poetry, friends, trying to see a better perspective in the worst, smile, reading, beach, gaming, swearing, dancing Anything that keeps your mind busy or expresses your feeling
Meditation and research. Become an expert on depression. Never to be cured but controlled like diabetes. Been suffering for nearly 30 years. (Nuzak, Trepiline, Urbanol.* as and when required.) Peace. * local anti depressant trademarks.
I know some people swear that anti-depressants saved their life, but I also know people that just seemed totally different, and not in a good way, after being prescribed these medications. There are 3 very close people to me who all have faced horrendous tragedy in their lives, and none of them smoke, drink, or do drugs, or are on anti-depressants. One of these people I know deals with their stress by exercising a lot and drawing, another loves to garden and take care of animals. I'd say find a productive hobby that is creative, or where you do something nice for someone or something, and you will feel good doing that. The world can be a dark and terrible place but there is also a lot of beauty, and there are still good people out there, though at times it's easy to forget that.
Express yourself.
all any one is going to say is st johns wort. it does work a little but your doc could prescribe something better. think first if it is really depression or is it fatigue. when you mind feels sad but you could walk around the block, that's depression. but if you just want to lay there and stare and the boredom of that lets you dwell on things that make you sad, that's fatigue. like what came first the chicken or the egg? if laying there comes before the thoughts, try time released iron tablets. you will know in 15 mins. if you don't have enough iron in you it is like a low oxygen content in your blood. if that doesn't work try 25 mgs dhea. u will know in 30. it makes you more senitive to insulin. if no then try licorce root. take 1. if you end up in a sort of bad mood, then that isn't it. but if your mood gets brightens quickly(30 mins) it means your thyroid isn't putting out like it should. all those things can make you feel depressed but you aren't really. you just feel depressed, you are just sort of a lit
Exercise and clean living. But I will assure you that exercise and clean living is a lot harder and not near as cool as taking pills. Think of it this way. Growing old is not for sissys!
Use the effective natural core treatments for depression at * http://your-mental-health.8m.com/blank_27.html & read page B (Note the post about MEDICATION & DEPRESSION). Although it's sensible to go to a doctor for tests, be aware that you are likely to be prescribed antidepressants; I advise saying "thank you, doctor", and pocketing it for possible use later, if needed (hopefully not). Double blind studies have shown that, statistically, antidepressants are only slightly more effective than a placebo, but with risks, and side effects. Most people who are depressed would be far better off trying the natural/alternative treatments for at least 3 months, to see if they work for them, rather than accepting the risks, and/or side effects of medications, and even if insufficient, (unlikely) maintain the core treatments, Omega 3, & optimise vitamin D3 levels). Identify the cause: http://curezone.com/dis/read.asp?C0=108 and if applicable; http://sfhelp.org/gwc/wounds.htm View http://curetogether.com/depression/ig/treatment-effectiveness-vs-popularity & http://extrahappiness.com/happiness/?p=4218 If using a RECOMMENDED * brand of St. John's Wort (take with meals to avoid possible stomach upsets) view the websites about it on page B, and if also using UP TO 50mg of 5-htp daily - http://www.foodforthebrain.org/content.asp?id_Content=1635 refers- in addition, (or UP TO 200mg of 5-htp if NOT using the wort. I note with interest that in the study referred to, 300 mg of 5-htp was used) take with a very low protein meal, to maximise the amount crossing the blood/brain barrier, with no, or extremely little protein 2 hrs before, to 2 hrs afterwards. I suggest beginning with 50 mg on the first day, and if no adverse reaction, keep increasing it until reaching the desired level, to let your system accustom itself to it gradually. Google maximum safe dosage. Alternatively, use SAMe with the core treatments, but nothing else. "Even if we have some vague idea that we are not our feelings or our thoughts, when we are experiencing painful feelings or painful thoughts, we believe we have to feel them or think them just because of the fact that they are occurring to us. But painful feelings can be indirectly controlled by physical action, and changing our present thoughts for different thoughts (since feeling occurs as a result of thinking.) Painful thoughts can be directly controlled by choosing replacement thoughts for the ones that are troubling us. Sure, it takes some practice to change a habit of suffering. But it can be done. Of course it can't be done if we choose to believe that it can't be done. But, since the choice is ours, why not choose to believe it can be done, and do it?" They all have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects as well as antidepressant ones, and anxiety is addressed on pages 1, & i at 8m.com. Passionflower (as directed, or 1 drop in a cup of warm water, 4 times daily; view http://altmedicine.about.com/od/anxiety/a/passionflower_benefits.htm?nl=1 ) may be helpful, short term, or L-theanine http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=&bih=&q=l-theanine%3B+anxiety&btnG=Google+Search Learn and employ the relaxation techniques (begin with Progressive Muscle Relaxation) and the EFT variant for use in public places, in case it is needed there. Wean off antidepressants as per page 3, begin the core treatments now, and begin the herbal remedies, and/or OTHER supplements when below 50% weaning dosage, although I am informed that low doses of 5-htp used with antidepressants are not associated with serotonin syndrome, so you could begin immediately with 50 mg daily, as you are weaning off, but first Google: "low dose 5-htp; (your antidepressant); effects" and try www.drugs.com & http://mediguard.org INTERACTIONS FUNCTION.

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