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CHOCOLATELEA SparkPoints: (4,692)
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1/11/13 12:26 A

I kind of think my diet has played a large roll as well (in depression)—I've started an elimination diet that I'm having good results with (early days yet, though). It's called "The Virgin Diet." Some people think it's pretty extreme, but it's really a three-week commitment to see if it helps you and then a one-by-one reintroduction of foods to figure out what might be causing issues. (You eliminate soy, eggs, corn, sugars and artificial sweeteners, especially fructose, peanuts,dairy, and gluten.) Good thing I'm not a vegetarian or I'd really be in trouble!

SIRENSONGS SparkPoints: (57,040)
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1/3/13 3:48 P

Exercise definitely does help with my depression, but it does not do the trick completely. I am still on anti-depressants, although like others mentioned here before me, my dosage has been significantly decreased.

MATREXX Posts: 579
1/3/13 3:37 P

My story is similar to others. For 10 years I was on high doses of anti-depressants. When it looked like I might start a family a few years ago, I decided to get healthier and try to get off the drugs. Strict attention to diet and exercise helped me get off the drugs and stay off. So long as I watched what I ate and exercised I was fine. This fall though I met a new partner and got so engrossed in him that I stopped going to the gym and my diet went haywire. My mood plumetted and my weight has gone up again. It has gotten to the point where my doctor gave me a prescription for drugs again. I'm giving diet and exercise a focussed try again as I really really don't want to be on anti-depressants again - no more zombie!

23KAIYA Posts: 4,935
1/3/13 2:51 P

I've had great results as well. 2 years ago I was on 2 anti-depressants, a mood stabilizer and a prn for breakthrough symptoms. Today I still take 1 anti-depressant and it's half the dose I was on. If I go a few days without exercise I can easily feel the difference in my mood and get upset really easily.

SARAHF1988 Posts: 603
1/3/13 2:44 P

I was incredibly depressed years ago when I lost weight the first time - the only reason why I lost weight was because I started exercising and eating better in order to attempt to feel better and it really did work. I started getting up at 6:30 just to go for a run before work and I not only ended up feeling better about myself but I also became much more comfortable with life in general and made a lot of new friends - some of which are now my best friends. Ironically the only reason why I'm here on spark again is because I became so happy with my fiance that I gained a lot of the weight back and am now trying to get it off again. I know everyone is different but working out really does make me feel so much better, and I find myself a lot less tired when I exercise on a regular basis.

KJBURDEN Posts: 29
1/3/13 2:36 P

I have worked out off and on and do find my depression is better when I work out. However, I am unable to go off my antidepressants even then because I have a chemical imbalance that causes depression which only medication can fix. However my daily woes and "breakthrough" depression does get better and my moods are more stabilized.

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (137,849)
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1/3/13 2:33 P

I think when we exercise, it makes us stronger, we feel better about ourselves. Glad you are doing fine without them.

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
1/3/13 2:30 P

I was on antidepressants for YEARS but as I get closer to trying to get pregnant, I decided I didn't want to worry about how the meds would affect my baby, breastfeeding, etc. I started exercising regularly (now do it at least 5 times a week, usually more) and haven't missed the pills! I've been off them for over a year now and doing great without them!

KELLIHOBBS SparkPoints: (12,827)
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1/3/13 1:30 P

Since I've been exercising this week, I have not had a single feeling of depression that I had been feeling for about two months. Why did I not think to try this magic before?! Any success stories on overcoming depression with exercise?

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