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If you are in the northern hemisphere, it would pay for you to start using it sooner, rather than later!

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I just got mine, but haven't gotten it out of the box yet.

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I don't use one. I don't suffer from SAD, but a lot of people, particularly those who don't see much daylight in the winter, too. A lot of members on SP find that they are very helpful. This is the time of year for getting them out and starting to use them.

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I went to my GP the other day. Was prescribed a 10,000 lux light box for my recurrent depression. Anyone have good experiences with these?

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Generic medications, like Zoloft and Prozac, can be purchased at the Walmart Pharmacy for around $4 for a 30 day supply. Check with your doctor - I know that when I didn't have insurance, my doctor wrote me new prescriptions to take to Walmart so they were cheaper.

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You need to talk with your Dr. (Psychiatrist and Family Dr.) It can be very unsafe to go off them if they are needed, and also unsafe to go off them quickly.

Your Dr may have some samples that he/she can give you for free. Often the manufacturers supply the Drs with them. Also, there are other ways of accessing the meds for free or real cheap. Your Dr should know some of them, but below are some links that may help you, too.

www.genome.gov/11008842

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/financia
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https://www.scbn.org/

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Hi. I need some help/advice. I have been off my meds for 3 weeks (I lost my job and insurance). Cant afford to pay full price for them. Even if I could, I only have one refill left. Definitely cannot afford to go to my psych doctor without insurance. I was on Zoloft and Straterra. Any thoughts on non=medical alternatives? Thanks for any suggestions

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Thank you for dropping by, MEWCAT. I am sure that you will find a lot of support on our team. Feel free to jump in on any thread, or start your own if you want. You will be most welcomed :-)

As far as losing weight is concerned, make good use of the Nutrition Tracker. I weigh all of my food for increased accuracy and enter it all in there. It enabled me to tweak my intake to ensure that I remained within my goals. If it hadn't been for that, I would never have lost a considerable amount of weight, and nor would I have been maintaining this last 3 years.

By eating a healthy balance of good food, including plenty of fruit/veges, and paying attention to dark leafy greens (because they help a lot with depression and weight-loss) you will find that your mood may even improve :-D Getting some regular exercise is also a good help with mood and weight.

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Hi!
I was reading the post and seen yours. I have been suffering with depersonalization.
Sometimes I get so depressed just having to deal with it. I want to lose weight but have a hard time with it I am going though menopause and the fat just appeared out of nowhere. The depression stop me from being active at times. Well just wanted to say hi!

I can!!!!!!!!!


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I wanted to post this as a non-medical alternative:

Was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder back in January. Was offered drugs, but decided to pursue other relief forms, as I strongly felt it was more PMS than depression. (I kept a journal and noted when I felt down and/or agitated, which occurred about once a month).

Interestingly, a visit to my OBGYN helped the most: he prescribed Japanese herbal medication, which is mixed with hot water and drunk like a tea, 3 times daily. Surprisingly, very effective. I feel less "brain fog", more active and very positive. I've been taking these herbs for almost 3 months now. No side effects.

I'm not sure if Japanese herbs are available in the West, (called "Kanpo" in Japan) but below is a website with information. There are over 50 different herbal combinations. It's important to talk to doctor about your problems, as the herbal combinations vary based on symptoms.

You might be able to find these herbs at a Chinese market.

Kanpo website:
www.kampo.ca/

My herbal combination:
kampo.ca/herbs-formulas/formulas/tok
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For women on the pill, be aware depression is often a common side effect. So, it might not be you, it could be your birth control!

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Actually I just recently switched counselors ~long story~ but I have been diagnosed and been taking meds for awhile. But recent events left my head spinning. Since emotional detachment is a fall back behavior of mine (part of my PTSD) I try to be aware of when I'm going there, but what I'm really looking for is some non-medical alternatives to deal with this part or the disorder. It only comes on under extreme duress, but my ex really seems determined to push me to that point. I find it really helps to have a few different exercises to help keep me focused, and to switch frequently so that I'm not doing the exercises on automatic pilot. I do enjoy meditation (when I can...I do have kids, so peace and quiet are rare) and I enjoy walking, but I think I'm going to need a few new exercises in my arsenal for the next few months.

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Hi! I am guessing that you don't have a Therapist??? I would suggest that you talk with your Dr and explain what is going on. If you haven't been diagnosed, then it would be in order to ask for a referral to a Psychiatrist who will be able to accurately diagnose the reason for this, and start the appropriate treatment. There are many causes within the Mental Health umbrella and it isn't a case of 'one size fits all', unfortunately.

While you are with your Dr, it would be beneficial to ask for a referral to a Therapist who can give you the tools to handle the stressors which lead to this condition.

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Hi everyone,
Does anybody have any ideas for dealing with emotional detachment? When I get overwhelmed (and I'm going through a lot right now) I tend to just sort of stop feeling. Right now my kids really need me, so I have to try to be more present. I don't really know how else to explain it. Please send me a message or visit my page.

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For some unknown reason I haven't been getting e-mails alerting me to thread updates:-(

I'm glad that you do a lot with indoor plants. Are you able to grow any veges inside? Tomatoes and bell peppers lend themselves to this.

My dog is also a huge help to me. They know when you are down, and yes, they DO give unconditional love :-)

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I've been struggling with depression since i was a teen and added in bipolar and schizophrenia as i got older and could articulate my thoughts emotions and symptoms. this last year has been trying and conventional med therapy no longer works. all the meds i have taken have had horrible side effects or make me physically ill.. So my psychiatrist and i are working on more natural remedies. I take fish oil 2x a day to help as a mood adjunct. Magnesium helps with irritability and headaches. Sunlight as often as i can get it for vitamin d along with the vitamin d supplement. I want to find a muli-vitamin that is beneficial and doesnt nauseate me tho. ive tried regular tablets to the kids chewables and those gummie things (eww) lol. I've found foods can increase my irritability and not just caffeine. the internet is a powerful tool as long as you go to trusted websites and take the info with a grain of salt..
slowly but surely im digging out of this rut, one good day at a time, one good moment at a time. I also enjoy journaling and the gratitude journal sounds like a great idea!! Looks like i need to flash myself some smiles too.. i cant garden because my apartment has no yard, but i love plants so i do alot with indoor plants, and my dog is a huge help on my rough days. unconditional love any time i want some!! i could go on forever with this stuff!

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Because I am unable to swallow pills, I generally reject medical forms of emotional management. I find that exercise helps a lot, but the mood enhancement is pretty brief, right now. I guess if you do 30 mins of exercise a day, the effects are longer, but it's tricky for me to do, right now. Affirmations help counter the negative self-talk.

My favorite treatment, so far, is journaling. I like writing and I love writing about my life. It's good to talk to someone, sure, but there's no one that will JUST Listen to what's going on with you. When you journal, not only do you get to say EVERYTHING you want to say, it flushes the crap out of your system so you can realize things are not so bad. When you got the pain and fogginess out, you can see much more clearly what is going on in the situation and can move from there.

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1. Keep a gratitude journal. Research shows it leads to happiness. Just find 3-5 things you are grateful for to jot down at the end of your day.
Doesn't have to be momentous like the theory of relativity. You can be thankful for string cheese.

2. Practice mindfulness.

3. Practice breathing exercises. Breathe from the belly.

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Hi Leorajo,

I like the idea of using acupuncture. I've never tried it. Any specific parts of the body you recommend for the needles? How long is one visit usually? I think it's great to try alternative therapies.

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Just found this article and it talks about some food that cause and prevent depression. Beets, Omega 3's, etc are good for prevention. Diet soda may be a cause.

Best!

http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression
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Accupuncture has helped me tremendously. I started out every week and now I go every 2 weeks.

I receive a publication from Life Extension that had an interesting article on something calle SAMe. Dr Oz just did a part of his show on it last week. If you google it you can find out more.

I have gone off my medication several times because I thought I didn't need it, since I was doing therapy and exercsing regularly, but I have found out the hard way that I need medication and probably will always need it. It improves my quality of life greatly. Side effects are minimal and I can deal with those.

Good luck ...hope you find the answers you need soon.

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Hi everyone. I've been dealing with depression on and off for about 4 years.I'll share some non-medicinal things which worked for me:
1. exercise - even just getting outside, sit in the sun, go to the park, take a walk, just move your body.

2. Keep an "Achievement journal". I would write down the things I managed to accomplish for the day. Examples: did the laundry before 10 AM, cleaned the house. On really bad days, just being able to complete one small task felt like a huge victory. Over time, I included "goals for the week" such as: go running for 20 minutes, or bake something yummy.

3. Practice positive psychology. Before going to bed each night, I would say positive things about myself, to myself. Such things were: I'm smart, I'm very beautiful, I have a great smile, people love talking with me, etc. I would also practice smiling at myself in a mirror. Research has shown if you smile, even when feeling down, you can "trick" the brain into thinking you're happy. There were many days when my smile was forced, but after a while, it worked.

4. Find one friend who is supportive and will listen when you need help. This is the key point: that person must be non-judgmental and supportive. You don't want advice when depressed, you just want someone who is going to listen and give encouragement.


I hope my suggestions might help others. Let me know how it goes. emoticon

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I read an interesting article this morning about the Serotonin Diet - eating carbs at certain times to aid in weight loss and depression.
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St Johns Wort is just as much a medication as anything else.

If you don't want to be on meds, AND if the therapy helps you, then I don't see that you need them, BUT if you find that you are still suffering, then please, don't dismiss the thought of meds. Just because some have unwanted side-effects, doesn't mean that you will. For a lot of people those meds can be a life-saver ..... figuratively AND literally.

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Lea I would get with a naturopath or chiropractor that has training in herbology and have them recommend a good regime for St. John's Wort. Its a good herb but people find that just the package directions arent enough until they see someone who knows how to prescribe it.

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Hello all, I read some posts on this thread, very interesting! I have been having anxiety and panic attacks lately, so Iv been seeing a therapist since January... some friends of mine have been telling me to go on medication to help deal with my anxiety, but I really really really dont want to. Some of their siblings are on medication and they tell me they dont like the side effects. I honestly think if I had more friends around, or even people to talk to I wouldnt have so much anxiety, my social life went dead once I started college and my friends all moved away. I've been trying to meet new people by enrolling back in school and doing volunteer work in my town... people i've asked to hang out with seem to either give me excuses or have other responsibilities like kids and family which I get... I dont want to go on any medications till i've tried everything,

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That is where having good relaxation techniques can help a lot. Also, having a 'night diary' by your bed so that you can write down what is worrying you. The theory is that it allows your brain to 'let go' because you aren't going to forget - it is written down to remind you.

Also helpful is adding a couple drops of Lavender Oil (the real stuff, not the el cheapo rubbish) onto your pillow or rubbed into your temples.

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I always feel best with exercise and adequate sleep! However, it can be a double-edged sword. When I'm feeling really down, I can't sleep and therefore I have less energy so my workouts don't have the same effect.

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I've been having some degree of success with samE and various other vitamins (fish oil, plenty of B and D). It's as perceptible as the Zoloft was and not as many side effects, plus I'm not numb to the good feelings as well as the bad.

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I have found that if I supplement my antidepressant with supplements and vitamins, I see improvement without some of the side effects. I use SAMe and Vitamin D primarily.

Maybe I'll look into using some essential oils.

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I can empathize with you all. Depression is so difficult because sometimes people do not understand what is going on with me and honestly, I can't explain it. I am allergic to all SSRI's. I had serotonin syndrome that took me awhile to get over. So, It makes my symptoms hard to manage. However, I have learned that the only thing that can help me is myself and so I try different things. I have bad days often but I get up everyday and try to make the best of my situation. The best thing that helps me is helping other people. It gives me a lift.

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I have not posted in a very very long time. sorry

About 15 months ago I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils. I was over 300 pounds taking double antidepressants, and a lot of other meds, hating myself and my life. I had abandoned SP and hope. A Friend shoved the oils in my face and forced me to start using them.

I am 65 pounds lighter down to one antidepressant, off of my ulcer pill, antihistamines, cut my insulin in half, eliminated another diabetic med and WOW my life is different. I am getting healthy again!

For depression I rub my feet 2 times a day one drop of Bermot oil and an oil blend called balance and in the morning Elevation. I know when I do not take my oils! I have also been able to get the sleep I need but not oversleeping. There are so many more I use for other things it has made such a difference in my life!

I hope this helps you and others who are looking for options.

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I find that Magnesium helps a great deal. I am a Nurse Anesthetist, and have found more than half the women who get a blood level of Magnesium are deficient.
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Your Dr should have your history regarding depression. Apart from that, I would ask where he got his medical degree from ....... a breakfast cereal package????

I would DEFINITELY get another Dr ..... one who is prepared to work WITH you and IMPROVE your health!

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So I've been treated for depression for quite a few years now, using various Rx, therapy, and relaxation techniques. I was on Zoloft but stopped taking it because it made me gain weight. Eating healthier and exercising has helped, but I still have times when I just sob or don't want to get out of bed or feel worthless. My current doc at the VA says it's "depressed mood", not depression and basically told me to stop being sad. What is the difference between the 2 terms and should I try to get a different doctor that takes me seriously?

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Hi I'm Lea

I've just started to take St John's Wort as I don't want to be on meds that will shoot my sex drive further, plus the side effects of some. While I've fluctuated over he last 3.5yrs I'd really just like to give the more natural way to go. If it doesn't work I'll think about the other options.

I've looked into St John's wort but it says there is a lot of things I shouldn't eat because it will clash with it. I was taking a woman's multi vitamin but unsure whether to take it or not as I didn't want it to clash. Does anyone have any advice about this.

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I know that I need to be on my meds for the rest of my life but was thinking of asking my dr to increase it. Hopefully the suggestions here will get me through this rough patch.

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St Johns Wort can be good, but it depends on the Depression. You must remember, too, than ANY herbal remedies should be run past your Dr, particularly if you have any health issues whether they are medical or not, and if you are on any other meds of any sort. You are really best to discuss this with your Dr. If you don't have a Psychiatrist, then asking for a referral would be beneficial to and for you. They are more qualified to help with issues when there are problems. There are many P.Meds out there that may not cause weight-gain, and in fact, some even help with weight LOSS.

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i've been on 200 mg of Sertraline for about 3 years. it reallly really helped me through alot of scary times but lately, it's not really doing much for me. i am afraid to change meds though. i'm already overweight, so something that can make me gain even more would suck. because of the Sertraline i haven't had any natural hunger cues so i have to eat by the clock and i still kept putting it on.. baahh

i'd like to go to a more homeopathic method. i've heard good things about St. John's Wart so i might give that a try...

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A friend of mine swears by fish oil/ omega 3 supplements. She said it has helped improve her moods and her anxiety is less frequent and severe from it. Taking B vitamins has helped me a bit. If nothing else, it certainly gives me enough energy to decide to exercise instead of taking long naps every day. Sometimes just convincing ( or tricking, lol) yourself into doing something will make you feel better, but I know that sometimes that can be the hardest trick of all.

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Unfortunately for some people, medications is the only thing that works. Hopefully you will be one who will be able to forgo them, but don't be upset if you find that you need to stay on them.

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I have been taking various anti-depressants for 14 years. I am currently on Celexa and feel that my moods are so dependent on it. You can immediately tell when I miss a dose because I shut down and don't want to talk to anyone. I would love to be free from medication and manage my symptoms through supplements and a healthy diet. I look forward to reading your stories and ideas.

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I just took myself off Celexa I hope for the last time in June. The withdrawal was hell but I feel more like myself again. I also take vitamin D3, use the lights and try to exercise or at least get outside daily. I am also trying to do things I love. Like sewing and knitting. And getting a handle on my weight is one thing that is a constant. Carrying around an extra 20 lbs. can be heavy baggage in more ways than one. I want to feel good about my outward appearance as well as be healthy within.

Living in Montana, I find it hard through the winter months, January through May being the worst. Yes, we have about 8 months of winter! :) We plan to move south when we retire and I truly hope being in the sun more months of the year will be helpful.

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Hi everyone !!
Over the years I've tried different things, but I keep going back to the exercise solution.
I now have a fitness room downstairs and it's now pretty much complete, with a good treadmill, a home gym and a good bike. ( and a TV to make the workout more enjoyable...lol )
I take Vitamin D and have light therapy glasses for the wintertime.

It's not an absolute solution but it makes my life a lot more manageable.
Take care !!!

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Thank you

Already saw my doctor, we run some test but we dont know.

I am working on my stress. For my injury I think I will have to do physio and accunputure!???

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I'm sorry you're having a hard time. I find that if I obsess about my body, I tend to gain even more weight and feel worse (but this is what happens to me). It seems to be better to just inspire myself to get healthy rather than to just lose weight. Changing the diet is good--most processed foods, especially sugar and flour--adds to health issues and inflammation (from what I've read and heard about).

Hang in there, see if you can talk to your doctor about it. Also, see if you can do something about the stress level--the human body is so sensitive to stress.

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Hi there, been overwhelmed with everything. I didnt to stop all my meds, I had a pretty complicated concoction.!!! Help at first but wasnt anymore.

Everybody tells me the most important thing is for me to be healthy and happy. But I am stuck in somebody else body!!!!!! I have some health issue but mothing we can explain!!!!!!! Could be due to the stress. Still frustated me, I had managed to keep my weight at an extra 15 pounds and lately went up???? So now I have an extra 22 pounds. For me tzna is the end of the world. It is all I can think about. Waking up with it, going to bed thinking about it. I hate it. I always been eating healthy and did exercise. That is how I maintain my weight. Now it is out of my control!!!??@@&&$. I had to stop exercising for a week now, hurt my shoulder and my knee,,,,,&&$@&.

I did an overdose of my med about 3 months ago. Dont want that again.
Started a new group therapy from the hospital. And fond a new therapist I love. But men.... I wish I could see the end of this. I am dealing with issues from the age of 4-5 years old. Everything has been push aside my whole life.

I am doing everything I can but things are not changing fast, I know I know. I have been of work for almost 3 years now!!!! Not that I am looking forward of going back

I want my body back, vuild my self esteem and hopefully feeling so much better about myself?????????????

Now following a gluten free diet, cooking good heLthy things all the time. Doing the right thing..............???????

And I am almost done with the side effects of stoping my meds, one Clonazepam, still taking a Little bit. The withdrawal effects on me are so so bad!!!!!


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That is awesome and very inspiring! At times, I feel tempted to get back on medications--but I am reminded of all the side effects I had before after reading your post. I shall try to stay away from antidepressants!

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Hi all!
I'm fairly new here but I saw this post and wanted to add in my 2 cents if that is ok.
After 15 years on various Anti-depressants and anxiety medications in May I began weaning myself off all of them. I am firm believer this is NOT right for EVERYONE, but it has worked for me. I ran into a problem where the doctors I was seeing wouldn't change my medications or try other things. My side effects were running my life, I was having problems losing weight, being motivated to do anything, not to mention my sex drive was shot. My prescriptions got me threw the day but I was a zombie and finally enough was enough.
After I began lowering my dosages of my prescription medications I began to add in the following things: Teas, they are very soothing and something about just holding a warm cup of something that smells and tastes good comforts me, I've been using Easy Now by Traditional Medicinal during the day when things start getting a bit overwhelming. Before bed at night I drink Valerian-Mint by Alvita, both help mellow me out a lot.
Along with my Teas I've been taking St John's Wart 600 mg 3 times a day, as well as Sedalia by Boiron (it is their Stress Relief formula). And B-100 complex. These have all been a huge help to me along with eating right and working out regularly.
Do I still have rough days, SURE don't we all no matter what medication or herbal things we try, but I AM happier and I Feel better!
This is also great for those who don't like doctors or who don't have insurance. I again stress thought this will not be right for everyone and if your not ready or can't make it without your medications don't give up! If your having problems with the side effects from your medications or they are not working for you please, please, please go see your doctor. I ran into a problem where the doctors I was seeing wouldn't change my medications or try other things another reason I started this.
Hope this helps you guys. And thanks for reading!

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I used to be on medication (Celexa, Lexapro, and Effexor XR) but am not anymore (partly due to no health insurance, and partly due to not wanting to!).

Now, especially the past few weeks due to feeling lost and having no job, my depression has been getting worse, so I began taking St. John's Wort a week or two ago. It hasn't been helping yet but I remember it did help me some before. Also taking B-complex vitamins help.

Along with that, the daily exercising (of course) really helped. Right now I'm doing weight training, but yoga helped me before, along with belly dancing (because it is something different and is sexy, AND can be cultivated to be a new talent!)

If I feel I need a boost, I sometimes drink hot cocoa with cayenne pepper added to it. I know it sounds weird, but it gives a nice kick and strangely lifts my mood. Cayenne pepper also seems to help clear up congestion and even some headaches when I add it to my cocoa drink. It is supposed to be very good for the heart and circulatory system.

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I'm not sure if this has been mentioned before but I found some benefit to essential oils. Especially Sweet Orange, Lemon and Peppermint for my depression (in addition the peppermint helping with digestive issues I have) and Lavender to help my anxiety. They are not a cure-all, but I find they support my emotional health along with my medications. I'm no expert and I still have a lot to learn but the benefits I've found so far wants to make me want to do more research.

Just a note - make sure if you do try essential oil that they are theraputic grade oils from a reputable company like Butterfly Express, Mountain Rose Herbs, and then the two most famous DoTerra and Young Living. I like the first two because they are not MLMs.

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1) understanding it is not my fault
2) fixing my financial situation.
3) saying or writing what i feel
4) I am prescribed citolapram (sp) The only way my meds work is if I do stuff to help them
5) monthly therapy and when stuff is rough emergency sessions (a great therapist can help make leaps and bounds)
6) running. No other exercise has the mood lifting effect like running does. couch to 5k has been a life save this summer.
7) surprisingly eating right lifts my mod pretty well.

This summer has been rough having to be without my family and friends for the most part. I have been struggling pretty bad but now that I know I have been improving a lot. I go home in two weeks and that is probably helping too.


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Good for you :-) A great attitude!!! emoticon

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I walk for at least 30 minutes a day. I try to let the sunlight into my apartment and I try not to get back into bed once I've gotten up in the morning. Also trying to eat a lot better and put lots of different colored foods on my plate.
So far I've been doing pretty well sticking to it. I got a gym membership so now I walk to the gym to work out, which gives me somewhere to go when I leave the house. That little bit of direction is kind of nice.
I hope I can keep this up. Summer is always worse for me than winter, though. I know most people with seasonal affective disorder get the "winter blues" but I never look forward to the time between June and October.

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We don't have those in NZ, and I guess it would be quite a blast. I wouldn't be keen on participating, even if I were physically able (skeletal issues) because I have this 'thing' about getting any dirt or paint or anything on me. I can't stand it (I couldn't even stand doing collage with my kids when they were little) ......... BUT I quite enjoy watching others get in the quagmire :-)

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Kris,

Check out: http://www.thecolorvibe.com

It's a 5K Run/Walk where they throw different colored paints on you~ the race supplies you with the white t-shirts and in the end you are covered in colors. Looks very awesome, this will be my first one on Saturday and another one in August in Cheyenne. The website above tells you where the nearest one is and if it has been sold out yet. They are all over the country and becoming very popular. You should check it out

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GOOD FOR YOU :-)

Question ..... What is a 'color run'???

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I finally got my workout in today and I have signed up for a Color walk/5k Run with my Daughter, soo excited!!! emoticon . I have also added meditation to my bedtime routine, vitamins and nutrition to help with my depression. I am very optimistic about the future now and looking forward to another Color Run/5K in August. I have tried medication for my depression and because of my very additive personality ~it won't work for me. It will eventually lead to self medicating, which always ends poorly. I find that looking forward to the future is very important, but not so important that we forget about enjoying the present day.


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I just realized one day that my bed made me feel worse. I have myself in check pretty much now a days.
The light therapy is pretty interesting.

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Light therapy IS getting light exposure, and for those who have problems with this there is Light Box you can get - they aren't all the same, tho - some are stronger than others, some are portable etc. etc. Below is a link which explains what you can expect - the differences and benefits:
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I have to stay active... Exercise isn't an option for me. My fiancée can always tell when I slacked on exercising.
I can't sleep too late in the morning even if I didn't sleep well. This makes me feel lazy & I start getting negative.
I am not sure what light therapy is, but I am assuming that it is getting light exposure- sun.
Being outside and just enjoying nature does help. Rainy days ruin me.

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Hi, my name is Pat,

If i may ask, please tell me more about light therapy. Never heard of it. Been dealing with depression, stress, anxiety, ocd, bipolar and a host of other mental issues. I have been under treatment and on meds since 2008. I was diagnosed many yearsssss, ago, but stayed in denial until a manic episode that almost caused me my life. But yet, I have never been advised of light therapy.

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exercise has helped me... also being grateful & praying


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There are two items I've found to be pretty powerful allies in my struggle against the big, bad "D" - humor and creativity. They can be hard to summon sometimes, but I've found it so worthwhile to spend time cultivating them. Humor comes kind of naturally - it's always hiding somewhere throughout my everyday life, it seems. There's always something funny about whatever's going on in my life if I search for the elusive little "nugget" emoticon For me, it's not usually a joke, but rather the absurdity of some event (or even people) which gives me a chuckle.

Opportunities for bringing more creativity into whatever it is that we're doing are there for the taking, too. Whether it's coming up with a particular problem-solving strategy or figuring a new way to pair clothes 'n' accessories, that ability to come up with something brand-new doesn't usually co-exist with a depressed state. I've found it hard to try to be creative while being depressed, but if I work hard toward coming up with a creative idea or project, I can - at least temporarily - blast myself out of a dark-gray funk.

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With four kids you CAN still exercise - but it may not seem like it. You can play with your kids - try kicking balls around or playing chasey. You can put the laundry away one at a time - the same with the groceries. You can go for walks with your kids - perhaps to a park or similar. That gives you real good 'bonding' time, too! You can dance away while you are vacuuming or mopping floors. It doesn't HAVE to be formal exercise.

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I found your message to be very up lifting. I have done a lot of research on the best foods to eat and why as well as am researching yoga and positive affects on depression. I think I know the right things to do, but it is following through with them that I have trouble. About 6 years ago I was eatting healthy and exercising all the time and felt amazing, but I can't seem to get back there again. I am having trouble finding time to exercise with 4 kids and a full time job. I am in need of any suggestions and or motivational tips you may have. Have a wonderful day!

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I recently started Sam-E for anxiety, depression and aches and pains and overall, it is successful so far! My mood was horrible a few weeks ago, very depressed and irritable.
I started on 200mg and just recently upped the dose to 400 mg. as all the info I was reading said that was the most likely dosage to do any good. I feel so much better! I am sleeping better, my back does not hurt as much and so I feel like exercising more which, in turn makes me feel even better. I feel more motivated to stick with my diet changes and stay busy during the day.

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I would be very wary of so-called natural herbs. Most of them have no rigorous research behind them. Certainly talk to you doctor or psychiatrist before using them. I am on anti-depressants and they help but I do find that exercise is an enormous boost.

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I'm yet another proponent of regular exercise and balanced nutrition. Exercise releases those delicious endorphins which can be so comforting and calming - But they don't last forever, which is why doing it regularly is extra important. Skipping meals can really affect your moods too, even when you don't realise it or don't see a link.

Same with sleep: regular sleep (making bedtime and get-up time the same every day), making sure you don't wait till you're exhausted to go to bed, etc. Even if you're like me, and have trouble actually sleeping, just lying down and resting is good for your body and mind.

If you're like me, and find it hard to lie down without feeling like you're "wasting time", it's a good idea to use that time for meditation, mindfulness, thinking about things to be grateful for that day, or even mentally planning your next day's healthy meals and exercise. Think of it as investing time in your health; it's just as important as exercise.

Hope that helps, and sorry if I'm repeating what someone else already said.

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I find that it helps not to skip meals.

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Hi I've just been reading about that this evening have you tried it i would be grateful of your views please

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I don't know anything about this pill, but remember, just because something may be made from a natural source, doesn't mean that it is ALL made from a natural source, or that it is safe, or evenly safely made. A lot of these sorts of things don't have the stringent safety requirements including reputably done tests, to show that they work or that they are safe.

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I was reading Woman's World and there is a pill that comes from the garcinia camogia plant and it helps boost mood and help with weight loss in general. I know its a pill but its natural and not synthetically made like zoloft or paxil is.

Thought I'd share with everyone.

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Well, I just joined SparkTeam and it is so cool to see everyone supporting eachother through the hardships we face ourselves. I have had really bad depression for a couple years now and I am on medication. Medication is not magic and does not fix everything. I still get sad for no reason sometimes. It is like my depression lessened drastically but a part of me feels it lurking inside. So, medication is not the only way to go. Like everyone already said, exercise is key. However, I have decided to start living a healthier lifestyle by eating all the right foods. In order for you to be in a positive mental state, your body needs all the nutrients it can get. I have been juicing every day and eating healthy fats, carbs, etc., and I ALREADY feel so much better! My confidence is higher, I feel much more energinzed, and I'm actually enjoying life! This sounds crazy, but I just started juicing and changing the way I eat ONE WEEK AGO! I detoxed my body (got rid of toxins and chemicals) by eating lots of veggies, especially greens like parsley and cilantro. If anyone has Netflix, I strongly reccomend you to watch the documentary "Hungry for Change." It is changing my life and I hope all of you can start living a healthy and happy lifestyle! :)

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Oh, me too, Kris! The change in my mental state and energy level since I started working out has been amazing! I can't wait till my outside truly reflects how i feel inside now. This has been the greateset perk of all in my quest to get healthy and hopefully reverse some of my conditions, Or at least be able to get off some of the meds.

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Exercise and good nutrition is one of the best first steps to fight depression and anxiety. I'm really glad that you have discovered this :-)

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Regular exercise has helped me a great deal, as well. I have been on and off anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds for decades, and even though I still take my Lexapro, I have found that I fall asleep better and wake up happier now that I am getting regular exercise, and I have not needed emergency doses of klonipin anywhere near as often!

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I hadn't heard of it until now, but googled it. Here are a couple links you may find helpful:

www.mayoclinic.com/health/same/NS_pa
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Has anyone gone off anti depressants and had success using the Sam-E supplement to fight their depression?

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I suffered from PTSD as well. I had Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for it and it worked really well. Have you had this kind of therapy? I'm glad that exercise helps you a lot :-)

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I have depression and PTSD. I have been trialed on all sorts of different psychotropic medications, and all have caused me to become worse. I know that its been said repeatedly, but exercise really has helped me. I find that my mood is more stable, and I am happier since starting a good exercise program :)

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Thanks for that link - it sounds like it would be a good read!

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I don't know if this has been posted already by Dr. Daniel Amen has a good book called Healing Anxiety and Depression and in it he discusses both medicial and non-medical ways to deal with depression.

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Food is a huge anti-depressant as we all know! But salmon, tuna and other fatty fish will lift your mood and are a healthy meat alternative. I always feel better after having fish. I read that if you don't like fish, take a supplement, but I love fish............

anyone have any other mood boosting foods?

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Thanks, Marta, those are all great suggestions. I like the idea of the the lower carb/good fat diet. I'm going to try meeting with a dietician soon. I have the business card of one I met when my husband was first diagnosed with diabetes. I'm sure our insurance won't pay for private consultations with her, but I think it would be worth the money anyway.

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I think hiring a dietician is a very good idea. Anyway, when my hubby, who is tall and lean, was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, I put him on lower carb/good fat diet and after six months his cholesterol was back to normal.He used to drink sodas and eat lots of sweets, and it was the main change in his diet. I also started to pack him a big bowl of green salad everyday for his lunch. He is now taking the lowest possible dose of blood pressure medicine. He swims at least 3 times a week, so that helps, too.
I wouldn't go for any diet that is not going to be a diet for life. I also don't like the idea of depriving ourselves totally of any food.

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Thanks Kris, I appreciate the advice and the links - the recipes should help! emoticon

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Miller, re the Diabetes, it would be best to get a Dietitian referral because with this condition, it isn't a case of 'one size fits all!'

A lot of people look at 'low fat' instructions and remove the healthy fats that are in Olive Oil, nuts, Rice Bran Oil, Avocados etc. rather than reducing the animal fats. It is fine the low carbs, but often people go TOO low in carbs.. A Dietitian will help you with that. I will put a couple links below which have excellent recipes for heart/diabetes conditions, as well as general weight-loss and overall health!

Click on the link for Recipes in the tool bar near the top of the page:
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AK_BECKY, thanks for replying and for the info. My psychiatrist had me try 5-HTP for a while - I don't think I took it long enough to see if it would really help me. If I'm remembering correctly, it seems like it made me very "jittery." That may have been because I was taking it in conjunction with prescription medications. I've heard it helps a lot of people and I'm glad you've had such good success with it.

I know my family and I need a healthier diet. When my husband had a heart attack 15 years ago, the doctors told me to cook low fat, low fat, low fat. Since he was diagnosed with diabetes last year, the doctor now tells me to cook low carb, low carb, low carb! I'm having a really hard time knowing how to plan meals now. I'm seriously thinking of hiring a dietician or nutritionist to plan menus to meet our specific needs. I suppose my relative's diet would work for us (raw veggies, fruits & nuts), but I just don't know if my family can make such a drastic switch. We could definitely incorporate more of those foods in our diets, though.

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Hi Kris, thanks for replying. I'm glad you sent me the link to the LiveStrong article - it makes me feel better. This guy my relative was talking about was saying stuff like that one patient he knew of needed 11,500 mg? of Niacin. The LiveStrong article says that anything over 50 mg is a high dosage. Maybe this guy is just a quack.

In the interview clip my relative sent, he said some people have a Niacin deficiency and some people have a Niacin dependency. He seemed very intelligent and very convincing - I suppose that's why I started second guessing myself. My daughter has tried supplements in the past - she went to Duke University here in NC and saw a specialist who put her on lots of supplements - none of them did any good - the only thing that has really helped her is to add liquid Prozac to her Effexor.

And, as you said, the Niacin doesn't address the OCD. In any case, we would definitely talk to her doctor before adding any supplements, but I think for now we'll just stick to what has worked in the past. I'm sure my relative does mean well, but she's just confusing me. And the main thing now is to find out how to help my daughter get well from this fatigue, low grade fever, and eye pain she's experiencing.

Thanks again, I really appreciate it! emoticon

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Unsure about Niacin, but I know that general healthy eating and exercise helps. I'd also like to mention the option of 5-htp (an amino acid supplement). I was on Zoloft for 6 years as a young adult, and finally stopped taking it when I lost my health insurance and could no longer afford it. I was working at a health food store at the time, and began researching anti-depressant alternatives. St. John's Wort wasn't right for me for several reasons (there was reason to believe it might interfere with birth control, for instance, a chance I didn't want to take), so I started taking 5-HTP (which is generally thought to be better for major depressive episodes, while St. John's Wort is thought to be better for more mild, but long term, depression). It has made a HUGE difference. I feel it works better for me than Zoloft ever did (no side effects, for one). I sleep better at night, my appetite is more manageable, and my moods definitely swing back and forth less. I still have the occasional slump, or minor depressive episode, but it's FAR easier to handle now than when I don't take it. I take more in the winter since the lack of sunlight does affect me, but I still take it in the summer, just a lower dose. In the US, it's available over the counter and online w/o a prescription, just be careful not to mix it w/ too many prescription meds, particularly SSRI's (as the effects haven't been very well studied, you're just taking a chance). Hope this is helpful to someone.

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Hi Miller - altho' your relative obviously means well, there are a lot of potentially serious side-effects from doing this because of the way it impacts on our bodies, AND with other medications. Even some foods can cause problems. You are best off to talk with your Dr about this, but I personally think it is too big a risk to play with your daughter's life, or yours, to do this without professional input. I would be inclined to think that it is more Niacin DEFICIENCY that would aggravate Depression rather than going overboard and taking too much to fix it.

Natural alternatives to p.meds CAN be helpful, but generally for the milder forms of depression. I don't see how it would help the OCD, and anxiety is often exacerbated by that particularly demanding demon.

Below is a link which you may find helpful:
www.livestrong.com/article/508896-wh
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Your post ISN'T garbled or nonsensical in the least.

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Hi everybody, has anyone heard about taking mega amounts of Niacin for depression? As some of you know, my daughter recently got sick and had to take a leave of absence from college. This depressed me so badly that I stopped posting (felt I would be of no use to anyone because I no longer had any encouragement to give).

Anyway, this relative of mine keeps sending me information about natural alternatives to prescription meds. She sent me a link to a Ph.D. called Andrew Saul (I think). He said that if people would take larges doses of Niacin and eat lots of raw vegetables, fruits, and nuts (he said two handfuls of cashews has as much tryptophan as a dose of Prozac) that it would cure depression. There was also a third recommendation, but I'm sorry, I can't remember it.

All this has me so worried that we're going about treating my daughter in the wrong way. She's taking liquid fluoxetine (Prozac), Effexor ,and Alprazolam (Xanax). I also take meds - we both have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, and anxiety. We both feel that without the prescription meds, we'd end up in a mental hospital or worse (I've been there, done that, and don't want to go back).

Even if we could change to a plant-based diet (no meat & we both crave protein ALL the time!) and take mega-doses of Niacin, that still only addresses the depression, and we still have no idea what is causing her extreme fatigue, low-grade fever, and eye socket pain.

I've just realized how garbled and non-sensical this post is - I guess what I'm wanting to know most is if anyone has tried the mega dose of Niacin and did it work for their depression?

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Thanks for your input - that was excellent information :-)

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I've used non-pharmacological methods of managing my seasonal depression for the last 4 years and here's what works for me:

1. Take Vitamin D - I live in northern Ontario, Canada and although it's usually sunny here in the winter, our sunlight isn't actually intense enough to trigger adequate vitamin D production in anyone. I take mine through the whole year, as I work mostly night shift.

2. Exercise - it makes such a huge difference! The latest research says it can be as good as many antidepressants (I'm a registered nurse & I work in psychiatry, so I follow research trends in this area).

3. Light Therapy - I only bought my therapy light last December, but what a difference! The quality of my sleep is so much better along with my mood & energy level.

4. Talking to my doctor - I haven't had to do this in the past few years, but if my self-therapy wasn't working I would definitely go to my doctor & get myself put on antidepressants. Because I work on an inpatient psychiatric unit, I often see how bad it can get when you let your depression go untreated and I refuse to do that to myself.

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With a lot of people who use the Light Therapy start early enough, they are able to get by with less or no medication. It helps to keep them on an even keel. Getting out for that daily walk is excellent, so too is the Vitamin D. Also good is take a look at where your seating is in the house - chairs around the windows, and having the curtains open rather than drawn can help, too!

I like your "5" - make sure that you stick to it if need be :-)

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My depression problems started 2 years ago. I didn't go to the doctors (big mistake!) because I thought it was everything caused by my difficult situation in life. All winter long I was sad, miserable and gaining weight. Spring came-and I went back to normal.Life situation got better, but next winter I landed in zombieland again. Didn't go to the doctor again-HUGE mistake. This time my depression started to affect my family-especially my Hubby, who absolutely couldn't understand what's going on. When I finally decided to seek medical help he was 100% against it. Well, I decided to help myself anyway. My resolution was:
1 Never stay in bed longer then 9 am
2 Take St John's Wort
3 Get outside for at least 30 min everyday
4 Tell Hubby frankly what I think of all this but also actually try to be nicer
5 Go to the doctor's after 4 weeks of above self therapy
When I finally got to my doctor, it was already spring and I felt better. But she was completely understanding. She gave me some vitamin D and ordered to continue St. John's Wort. Probably I should also consider buying the light therapy lamp.

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Well, I'll add my two cents. Just plain getting out in the fresh air and taking a walk.

Getting away from a situation that is causing the depression.

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This topic is for members to ask questions about and share experiences with herbal remedies, supplements, and lifestyle changes that may help people with depression and other related mental health conditions.

NOTE: The postings on this topic are not intended in any way to replace consultation with your doctor and/or pharmacist. The posts on this topic are NOT written by medical professionals. Before you embark on the suggestions here, it is advisable that you talk with your Dr, Pharmacist and Therapist.

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