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Try to spend some time each day just for you to do what you enjoy doing. It might be listening to some music; or watching a funny movie; it might be reading an uplifting book ... or reading a magazine if a book is beyond you. It might be phoning a friend or family member and having a long talk with them about good memories etc. Try to keep away from touchy/depressing subjects. Come to SP and go to the message boards. There are a lot of 'game-type' ones in various teams as well as in the "SparkPeople Game Room" in the Community Message Boards.

Are you able to go for a walk? That will often help because you see and smell different things, and it gives you a chance to clear your mind.

You mention that you have friends who are psychiatrists .... perhaps you could use them as a sounding board????

AND, above all, TALK WITH YOUR DR!!!! Explain the family history and how you are feeling.

Here is a link for you to look through. There may be something in there which is helpful:
www.helpguide.org/

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Hey, I've been dealing with depression for a while now, its well known to most of my family, and close friends who are psychiatrists, but I havent been able to see anyone professionally to get diagnosed. I have had depression since I was at least 12 or 13 and it would be helpful to know anything that helps you guys through these kind of times to cheer you up or just make things easier?


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Val - I wonder if part of your system is that you are a litigious country, and medicine is certainly in the firing line. In NZ we don't have that. Medical misadventure we have Accident Compensation which removed that, however Doctors and Nurses can still be found guilty (or not) of malpractice. If we have a complaint we can go through the Health & Disability Commissioner who can lay charges if, after their investigation, they deem it warrantable.

Our Family Doctors prescribe those sorts of meds and tweak, based on our lab results. I'm on them myself.

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Kris, our system is a mess - everyone is so highly specialized that as my radiation oncologist said he was “not comfortable prescribing Synthroid, you need to find an endocrinologist!”
(When I dutifully tried to do just that, the convoluted system booked me with an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Doctor instead of the endocrinologist I had requested - I cancelled in disgust & thus began my do-it-myself struggle to “drive my own bus”, medically speaking...)
In my thyroid group, this is a common saying - how vitally important it is to be your own advocate if you’re not lucky enough to have a friend or family member to help out.

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Val - why would your oncologist not renew your medication, unless it was meant that your family Dr renew it. Did he/she say why?

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Hi, Lisa, I just clicked back on this thread & saw your recent posts...
I can relate to your frustrations with healthcare system (here in the US, it’s certainly a “sick care system”: what are your symptoms? Here is your medication!)
I got fed up a couple of years ago when my radiation oncologist refused to renew my Rx for Synthroid (I repeat, SYNTHROID!!! which is a thyroid replacement hormone I’ll have to take for the rest of my life) so I’ve been “doing it myself” with mail-in thyroid tests from a company who must’ve targeted me through FB - Let’s Get Checked.com.
I just got my latest numbers back which are improved (I’d been running a little bit hyper-T even though that, sadly enough, has not resulted in any weight loss), but still not feeling quite right with fatigue, brain fog, oversleeping & depression...
I’m hoping that cleaning up my diet will help - part of this may be Sugar Blues. I think the NAC & ashwagandha are helping.

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My son is living in Canada now. He shifted there 6 years ago, and they have bought an apartment in the main Downtown Vancouver area. I went over to see them 4 years ago. It is easy walking distance (for most people) of Granville Island.

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Kris, im from Canada by the way. There is a serious family doctor crisis here that existed for years before the pandemic started. The pandemic just made it 10 times worse

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Hi,
Yes I know this. But unfortunately I have been waiting 1.5 years to get into see a family doctor.
I can go to a clinic to see a doctor but they will not follow me for mental health reasons. And they always refuse to change my medication or tweak it. They can only prescribe the same dose I was given by the emergency room at the hospital. And even the emergency room at the hospital makes it very hard to get any changes to the medication made.
do not worry, I fully intend to STAY ON medication
I would never add something like cbd oil or other chemicals. I take the doctors very seriously. I even didn't fast in Ramadan because I have been advised by my former doctors in other years not fast for health reasons. (this is allowed by the religion as long as you do other things to compensate).

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It really sounds like you need to touch base with a Dr, and I also strongly suggest you ask for a referral to a Psychiatrist. They have the better understanding and arsenal of treatment for the various mood disorders. It isn't uncommon for medication doses to need to be tweaked or another one added , or even changed for a different one. Most Bipolar patients are advised to NOT stop taking medications. Each time they do, and they need to go back on them, it is harder to successfully treat.

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Thank you Kris!
I noticed I am more depressed and irritable from around 10pm at night. Then by morning Im full out angry.
I take my medication when I wake up every morning but sometimes I forget until mid day and those days start out rough.
I think I need to speak to a doctor about getting another dose of medication in the early evening because I sort of figured out that the effectiveness is weak as the day the progresses.


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Hi. I'm glad that you are being helped.

I don't know how much you know about Bipolar (obviously you know at least a bit) but here are a couple links that you may find helpful:
www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide
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ipolar-2-disorder#1


www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipol
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It sounds like the 'therapist' you saw either wasn't a degree qualified one, or just wasn't good at their job. Sometimes it is worth paying more to get someone who is properly qualified. There are also ways of getting cheaper/free help with medication and therapy.
www.genome.gov/Genetic-and-Rare-Dise
as
es-Information-Center/Financial-aid-R>medical-treatment


medlineplus.gov/financialassistance.
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www.scbn.org/

Also, a lot of Therapists have a sliding scale for those on low income. You need to ask.

Take care, and good luck.
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I need to lose weight and deal with low energy first by regulating my routines then i will be at 100% better!

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hi everyone, i have caught up on this discussion from the first post. I really like the suggestions people have for dealing with depression and anxiety. I am also looking for medfree alternatives but I am not at liberty to go med free until i get a family doctor or followed by a psychiatrist...its just to risky to do it alone. But I will try some things to suppliment my medication regime.
I like the meditations that someone posted and i saved them all! I will try them.
I am currently on a low dose of ability for bipolar 2....it seems to help and it is a big improvement from the wrong medications I had for years. I was misdiagnosed with schzioaffective before.
YAY is crazy that one
But basically the narrowminded islamophobic doctors from over ten years ago thought I was delusional because I simply chose a new religion and they didn't know anything about it at that time.So they misdiagnosed me and thought that was a symptom of delusional thinking.
It was really messed up.
But im not delusional and Im still a very good muslim for 14 years. I have a mood disorder only. It took doctors over ten years to get educated and understand that people can sanely choose a new religion and that its not right to punish them for that.
The doctor I saw last summer was from Ottawa and very good intelligent and openminded. He correctly diagnosed me with bipolar 2 and recommended I stop the dangerous medicatoin regime for schizoaffective disorder because it was making me suicidal and rapid cycling.
Long story short, I take way less meds now only a very low dose mood stabilizer. I feel 70% better. I just have to suppliment them with exercise, good diet, low stress lifestyle by meditation and vitamins.


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I'm sorry to hear about your Mum, Val. I hadn't realized NAC can help Anxiety. Many years my late hubby needed some strong pain relief, but couldn't take it because of Crohn's Disease. My brother told me that NAC is good for dealing with pain ... you can take a lot more paracetamol than recommended and the NAC would overcome the otherwise toxic effect. (My brother has a pharmacology degree in conjunction with his Medical Laboratory degree, and worked in NZ's largest Hospital Lab as a boss.)

I NZ people had no choice but to clean up their reliance on fast foods because fast food joint, or restaurant or drive thru was allowed to open AT ALL for 6 weeks. When we went down to Level 3 from Level 4, they were only allowed to do drive thru. Tomorrow we go down to Level 2 so restaurants are allowed to open again but with big restrictions on the number of people on the premises, how far apart people are, and no more than 10 people in a group booking. All shops etc. have to have a register of names/addresses/phone numbers of people who go into their stores/restaurants, etc.

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Not much new around here as I struggle through recent challenges of my aging mother’s injuries (she’s fallen twice - on Valentine’s Day & then again 2 wks ago)... The first fall dislocated her shoulder of her dominant R arm, rendering her helpless, and the latest fall broke the same arm.
She had surgery last week & is struggling through a difficult recovery.
Anyway, as if my anxiety levels aren’t high ENOUGH! I recently started taking NAC & ashwagandha (a herbal supplement purported to help anxiety)... Too soon to tell if it’s helping!
I know what I need to do most of all is clean up my still-too-reliant-on-fast-foods diet, but I guess I haven’t “really” hit rock bottom yet.

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Over the decades I have struggled w/anxiety & depression, been round & round the medication carousel...
I didn’t enjoy the side effects of any of the meds (& I always seemed to get the worst aspects of them) - Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Trazodone, Zoloft... About the only one I refused to try was Prozac, since I swore that if I gained any more weight I WOULD be suicidal!!!
(My attempt at a joke in poor taste; what can I say? Humor is one of my coping mechanisms)
So I’ve fallen back on what I call my “3-legged stool” of diet, exercise, & the never ending struggle for a decent night’s sleep (chronic insomnia has been a symptom since childhood).
But I did pick up a bottle of CBD oil when I was in NM - can’t say that it did much for me, but I didn’t take it consistently & promptly misplaced it shortly after I got back home.
Last month I cooked up some cannabis butter & made a batch of pot brownies, but I don’t enjoy the spaced-out feeling of sensimilla so THC is out for this girl too - the only good thing I can say is at least there is no hangover as for alcohol!
I do take Vit D & a magnesium supplement since last year’s blood tests showed me to be slightly deficient; these do seem to help my insomnia.
As we head into the winter months (my symptoms worsen in wintertime w/probable SAD aspects) I will be concentrating on nutrient density in my diet since I’m working on peeling off those last 20 lbs. It HAS been good for my mood to maintain the hard-fought 30 lbs I’ve lost thus far!

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You used to be able to do that test on-line with instant results. Now it is in PDF form where you have to total it all yourself. I find it is a fairly accurately view or where we are at. I would keep that test, and redo it in a week or two and see what happens. If it still comes back 'moderately depressed' then I suggest that you speak with your Dr. Perhaps take the questionnaire and results with you for your Dr to peruse.

If anyone wants to print it out then please do so, and keep them for your Dr's appointments if you are worried. .
www.jaxhealth.com/app/files/public/1
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I am reading Feeling Good again by David D. Burns, M.D. and just took the self-test and it determined that I am moderately depressed. This surprised me. My mom said it was because I've been sick physically but that is not it. It's all the self-esteem questions and feeling hopeless/discouraged. I hope this book helps me out.

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Update: I talked to my psychiatrist and she says that the CBD oil actually messes with my medications that she prescribes. For example, she did not think my Pristiq was working while taking it. She said would I rather take medications that are approved by the FDA or this CBD Oil? No. Something to think about though for the future. I hope in the future the FDA approves CBD oil for more things. Although I am happy it helps epilepsy children and such. I saw a thing about it with a little girl Charlotte who was 5. I started watching the movie out by CNN called Weed. I told her I would be reading the book I have for educational purposes and brought the book to show her but would not be taking the oil.

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The book I got from amazon. It is called CBD A Patient's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum. I am bringing it to my appointment with my psychiatrist on Thursday.

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It is a good idea to still discuss this with your Doctor. Where did you get the book from?

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Just an update: feel so much better without the CBD oil. Still going to discuss with doctor. Sent oil back yesterday fed ex. Got book on it and am reading it for informational purposes.

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I actually tried the oil and now I am sending it back! I found out that Hempworx is not a good brand so to speak and am going to talk to my psychiatrist before trying again. I also ordered a book about CBD oil for education/research. I joined a Facebook group called CBD Oil Education in the US or something like that. They have a list of good companies like Lazarus Naturals is one. Thank you for all the help. Also Lazarus only costs $40 as opposed to the amount I paid! I hope I get my money back. I spoke to the lady who told me about Hempworx and she was fine with my decisions and was nice about it. It seemed to work for me but caused an increase in suicidal thoughts so I am definitely talking to the doctor before trying again. I heard that is a side effect and also a side effect of the medications I am on. Thank you so much for your help/support.

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Take the bottle with you to the Psychiatrist, but also have packaging ready to post it back that day, if she recommends that you do that, because the time line would be cutting it fine to leave it another day.

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ONE HUNDRED BUCKS???? WOW

I wonder if they stand by their refund guarantee?

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I just realized I can send the bottle back within 30 days of getting it!!!!! Even if it is empty they said. Ha! I might not even open it so they would get a full bottle back from me.

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Okay thank you Kris. I will do some more research on whether it is illegal and stuff for New York state. I live in upstate NY. I see my psychiatrist on August 23rd and will discuss it with her. I hope I didn't just waste almost $100!!!!

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@SLBROOKS3 you NEED to discuss this with your Psychiatrist BEFORE you start using it. The fact that you are already on medications, regardless of the reason and what they are makes it even MORE important that you discuss this with your Dr prior to using. This is a copy/paste of the Medical News Today article updated just a few days ago:
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"Side effects of other uses of CBD

There is often a lack of evidence regarding the safety of new or alternative treatment options, as they have not been fully tested.

Anyone who is considering using CBD should talk to a qualified healthcare practitioner before use.

The FDA have not approved CBD for the treatment of any condition, except for two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

When drugs do not have FDA approval, it can be difficult to know whether a product contains a safe or effective level of CBD or whether the product has the properties and contents stated on its packaging and marketing.

Marijuana use in pregnancy has been linked to impairments in the growing baby's neurons. Regular use by teens is associated with memory, behavior, or intelligence problems."
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Your Psychiatrist will NOT be disappointed or tee'd off that you are exploring various avenues, but rather very pleased with you, particularly the fact that you discussing it with her!!!!

Another thing you must consider are the legal ramifications of using it, depending on where you live. In some places it is illegal, and in other places you need to show that you have tried so many other 'traditional' meds but that they don't work or cause worse problems. This applies to various States withing the USA as well as various countries.

Let us know what she says.

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Has anyone in this group tried CBD oil. I am very nervous about trying it but I gave in and ordered a bottle when I saw a video about a man who had depression try it. My depression is not that bad but if I can help it even more I thought I would give it a try.

I am nervous about talking to my psychiatrist about this because she may say it is a bad idea. I am on 3 medications right now which I am not stopping.

I know this may be controversial but I thought I would bring it up in this part of the group.

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I am on viibryd which took me a long time to be okay with. I fought for a long time to not take meds but I do feel better. It is the getting up and going that is truly hard for me as well as not letting my emotions be an excuse to stay in bed. I'm trying online counseling for now until I transition to a swing shift instead of graveyard. That shift does not help with my mental health issues at all.

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Its hard to be modivated but exercising has helped me. Sometimes yoga or a zumba class is a fun away but even just a short walk outside can help over time. it does take some consistancy to see the effects.

I tried therapist and mrds and didnt get much good luck. The meds made me gain weight and feel weird. The only therapist that helped doesnt take my ins so I'm not really doing that.

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Thanks for the advice. I do not have insurance to go to the doctor. B12 is OTC vitamins. Will try to make myself do a few minute walk see how it goes.

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Have a good talk with your Dr about what is going on. It could be that there is something medical contributing to the problem. You should ask your Dr about a referral to a Therapist and also to a Registered Dietitian. Between them they may be the answer for you.

I hope that the B12 Vitamins were prescribed??? If not, you could actually do yourself harm. The need to be prescribed only AFTER the Dr has done bloods, and if the results indicate that it is needed.

Ensure that you eat a healthy, balanced diet, with plenty of fruit/veges, and lean protein.

Are you getting exercise? I know it sounds counter-productive, but going for (even a) 10-15 minute walk each day can turn around the excess tiredness during the day and help you to sleep at night.

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I have severe insomnia and have been very depressed for months. I go to work every day and homeschool my son then lay on the couch the majority of the day too exhausted to do anything. I've tried b12 vitamins. Not helping. I really need to exercise and lose weight but am always tired. I'm kinda lost.

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I do everything here and it does work wonders. At the end of the day though, my Chihuahua is the sure way to get through a bad spell emoticon emoticon

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I mostly make necklaces. I want to experiment with bracelets soon. Using old jewlery and other inexpensive costume jewelry can be the most rewarding. I have taken old necklaces and changed them into a new piece. I find that each piece I make is definitely a learning experience. There are kits with the basic tools and usually a pattern with beads to make. Sometimes jumping in is the best way to learn.
What I make is very basic. Usually the beaded necklace and a drop bead focal.

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HungryWoman - what do you make with beads? I've been interested in making beads and bead jewelry for awhile now, but never have. I collected a bunch of old costume jewelry to take apart to make other stuff with. I even bought a dremel kit to work with stones and wood, but never have done a think with it.

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It is a good idea to exercise when you can. I try and refocus when depressed. If I am able, I will work with my beads, which seem to have a calming effect. My cat is also good therapy for me.

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i agree exercise is tremendous for depression. i also take vitD. my prob is that exercise seems futile and impossible when depressed. so i try to maintain an exercise schedule and at least during my "up" days (which are most), i know i am helping to boost mood.

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Hi HOLLI64 - welcome aboard.

It sounds like you have a good handle on the alternatives :-)

I quite like "Happy", too, and find that they way he delivers it compared to others who have sung it, is more uplifting.

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I've been studying and using herbals and supplements for years, and I find that large doses of Vit. D, iodine therapy (for my thyroid) and lots of exercise have really helped me, especially exercise. If I get depressed, I can go for a walk or do some step aerobics and instantly feel better.

Also, I go to YouTube and watch comedian's videos. Laughter sometimes is the best medicine. I also have playlists of happy, cheerful songs that make me want to get up and dance around the room, which brings my spirts way up. My favorite uplifting songs are "Happy" by Pharrell and "Walking on Sunshine." You just can't sit still listening ot those two. Try it!

Well, I'm going to go to bed now. Haven't been sleeping well lately, so I'm tired.

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i disagree w the statement below that a therapist is useless and that we should rely upon our pets and friends only and ditch the therapist. i think that can be harmful advice. my therapist lends insight into things that my friends would have no clue about. she's highly trained and very intelligent. she helps me analyze whereas friends might just sympathize. i don;t recommend ditching the therapist! get one that takes insurance, they are not expensive that way. def worth it!

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I also love a good meditation. Try googling Silva Method meditations and try the deep relax and the short relax. There are several versions to choose from and I just found a voice I liked because the words are the same regardless of who is doing it. If your in an area the offers Silva Method classes I highly recommend them. I took the ones in Casa Grande AZ offered by PHDs Tony Estrada and Joan McGillicuddy. It was life changing. I even took my 11 year old daughter to it as well. Taught us both how to get in touch with our intuitions and use as much of our brain as possible. 13 years later it still seems to help. Many blessings.

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Just started exercising 5 days ago after not exercising for 9 months. the first day was totally treacherous but today already I was able to get on the floor for abs and cool down during 40 minutes strength/cardio workout. Hitting goals like that really helps me to eat healthier without even realizing. And I feel the goodness of the sun too.

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I find that light, particularly sunlight helps to lift my mood. Another alternative which works for me is a special lamp 30 minutes regularly.

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I also find regular exercise to be a huge benefit to my mental health. I also find meditation helps in many ways. I follow guided meditations on YouTube daily. Here are some of my favorites:

Morning Uplift:
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Weight-Loss:
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I do those back-to-back every morning. The second one is also a positive affirmation in addition to be targeted towards weight-loss. In total, the two videos are under 10 minutes combined.

For sleep:
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Relaxation/Stress Relief:
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If you have never meditated, or it has been a long time since you did, it will take time. Meditation is a skill, and like any skill, it must be practiced regularly for you to be good at it.

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I have found that exercise, even a nice long walk, helps with my depression. Luckily, it also helps with weight loss and weight loss helps with depression too!

I know sometimes it's hard to even drag yourself out of bed or take a shower, let alone exercise when you're depressed, but if you can force yourself to do it, it really does help.

Also, as I mentioned before, there is a site called "Patients Like Me" which proved to be very helpful to me while going through my worst times. You can track your moods and medication there among other things. Plus the Forum is a great place to talk to other people going through the same thing who can give you advice on what has worked for them.

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I was only on medication for a short time after losing my last pregnancy around 15 years ago. I now find that routines help keep me from giving in to the depression. A good website for getting started with routine baby steps is flylady.com. She is very encouraging too.

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I use chamomile tea sometimes when my stomach's upset, but please do note that it's toxic. Once in a while won't cause any problems, but if you drink it too often...

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I have severe anxiety coupled with depression. When pregnant it gets a hundred times worse. I do not in any way shape or form condone going off meds during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones do some horrible things and if you're like me and already dealing with it; lets just say it's not pretty. My doctor once told me that sometimes you have to weigh the good v. the bad. I take Zoloft which helps with both depression and anxiety. It has not been tested on effects during pregnancy. I have taken it through three of four pregnancies and all my kids are just fine. Doc kept me at a low dose (he doesn't like medicating pregnant women) and let me do the rest. I'm still on the same dose and when combined with diet, exercise, and Vitamin B12 I do okay. I personally don't like counselors; I find that a good friend is cheaper and more receptive. Oh yea and they're less likely to call the men in the white coats on you. I have found next to no counselor that is worth what they charge. Heck I get better results out of talking to my dog. Now there's an idea, get a dog or cat at least they don't judge. If you can't have pets where you live talk to your doctor. A therapy pet is different from a regular pet and is protected under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

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I use an Ott light it is cheaper. I find them at Meijers, joanns, on line at fire mountain gems - I use mine for jewelry making. I am told they are the same type of light. The physiologist I have a class with says they are best used for about 20 minutes in the morning. Then it helps with keeping your Arcadian rhythm in balance.

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Have you tried chamomile tea? It is calming. I use a mint blend my Naturopathic Dr son Recommended. It is called Nervine Tea by Wise Woman Herbals.

For my Panic attacks The DBT class I am taking had us make a tool kit with something for each of our senses. I put mine n a velvet bag. Some put theirs on their cell phone- does not matter just so you know where and what. So I have sight- family pictures, taste- A piece of chocolate, sound- jewelry with bells on it and a CD, touch- a piece of leather, smell- a bottle of peppermint oil. I use it any time I get anxious. It is amazing how well it works.

Hope that helps.

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If you aren't already in Therapy, I suggest that you talk with your Dr and as for a referral to a Therapist who will be a great help, in that he/she will be able to give you the tools to help overcome your anxiety - both now and in the future.

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I'm in my last month of slowly weening myself off my anxiety meds. My husband and I want a baby and I need off these meds. What I'm trying to do now is come up with other things I can do to curb my anxiety/depression in a natural way.

I've already begun working out and am trying to cut back on caffeine. I know that green tea is supposed to be helpful as well. Are there any other alternatives that you guys can suggest?


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Miller in reference to your post dated 10/6/12....... I am not sure about just Niacin but I do know that after I changed to a vegetarian diet my GP put on a daily dose of B12. I haven't been a big meat eater for many years so I think there had been s few underlying issues creeping into my life for a while. Late last year I thought I didn't really need it but a couple of months later I felt a distinct downward trend in my emotions & energy levels plus a few other weird things. I went back on it & felt so much better for it. It was proof enough for me that I definitely needed to take it & will never go off it again. I do know that as we age the Vitamin B12 aren't absorbed as easily as they used to be & it is quite common for the elderly to be put on a B12 supplement.

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Thank you Kris for the tip, I track a lot of things, wether here or in a journal... I've noticed winter's difficult, same thing if I don't get enough sleep, or if it's close to TOM, the long rainy days I can cope with if it's not the same gray weather for the whole week... I might as well track a bit more of my surroundings.

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Perhaps if you keep a diary and include your nutrition (not just calories, fats, etc.), what kind of day re overcast, sunny, etc., how you felt, and any other factor that could affect you. In time you might find a pattern. I tend to do this with a lot of issues. I use a spreadsheet format because it seems to be the easiest way to go through and identify that pattern.

Thyroid issues DO impact a lot with mood etc., so hopefully the majority of your issues were caused by that.

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I started depression meds back in 2007, I used to take Omega 3's with it. Then, 3 years ago, we changed (because it wasn't doing anymore good) for an anxiety med - which I have been taking consistently - the side effects when I miss one day are ridiculously difficult to manage!

So, Winter 2013 : anxiety med + wellbutrin (it's also a pill but used to give you a boost)
Winter 2014 : anxiety med (lowest available) + light therapy + thyroid med
Winter 2015 : anxiety med + thyroid med

Winter's difficult for me but not this year, well, not as much. So I am thinking, because we found out I have thyroid problems, maybe I don't need this anxiety pill anymore? Maybe the thyroid problems are the ones responsible for my "depressed" mood? (that could be SPM too!) Also, I finaly got to see a psychiatrist and we talked for a good 2 hours and he thought that maybe I had a borderline kind of personality - and reading about it, it makes sens and knowing helps me to control myself and to know why I act a certain way.

So... about the "other" options, I can easily go back to Omega 3's if needed, I eat mostly primal, I exercise... any other advices?

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That sounds like the best form of exercise - it's FUN and you are with other people forming friendships in the process :-)

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Hi again! Sorry for the delayed response... but just wanted to let you know I finally got together with a new group of people and did a hike (in snow, in weather in the 20s, but hey). It was fun and active, and I'm hoping to plug in with that group when I can! :)

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Yeh - fingers crossed!!!

When I was going to Pilates, an RN came to the class sometimes. It depended on what shift she was on. If it was a night shift, she would finish work and then drive over an hour directly to the class, and then go home for her meal and bed. If it was a day shift, she went to the same Pilates studio, but took a different time slot. Maybe this is something that you could think about, if you decide to join an exercise group. Just talk with those taking the classes to see if they can accommodate your specific needs.

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Thanks for the encouragement, Kris. I sure hope something eventually works! As far as plugging in goes, it's a great idea; I'm in a new town and don't know many people, so it's really lonely, which isn't helpful overall. But with my work schedule, I rotate among 4 shifts at a 24-hour agency and work different days and a different shift every single week (and up to 3 different shifts in a week). Besides wreaking havoc on sleep schedules, this means I cannot commit to any recurring activity because I'm never guaranteed to be free the same time or day week to week. There's a chance our shifts will be organized differently starting in a couple months and I might actually get steady hours. If that change actually takes place, I'll be in a much better place to plug in. :) Here's hoping!

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hmmm - sounds like you are kind-of between a rock and a hard place at the moment. Don't give up hope, because I am POSITIVE that something will turn up - the unfortunate part is that it may not be right now.

Have you tried joining a small group of something that you may be interested in? Perhaps a little exercise class (Yoga or Pilates would be great), or handcraft (think pottery, jewelry making etc.) It COULD provide some therapy which helps with the depression. Just a thought, but one worth thinking about if you haven't already.

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Thanks for the reply, Kris... actually, have been under the care of a psychiatrist the whole time. Have tweaked meds, added, subtracted, etc. Was alcohol-free, only took other prescribed meds for sleep and blood pressure (mine was low; I had to raise it with meds) off and on. Ate pretty well, exercised various amounts, but never cut it out entirely, and have seen counselors off and on as needed. Pretty fed up with not seeing results for this long; not sure what to try next!

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Can I ask, who was monitoring you with your meds? A GP or a Psychiatrist? Were your medications reviewed regularly? I ask this because sometimes a person goes to a Psychiatrist once, and then that is it, or they are diagnosed by their GP and the prescriptions come from them, but if you are properly assessed by a Psychiatrist, and have regular contact with them, including telling them accurately how you are feeling etc., they can tweak your medications to give good results.

The other thing that needs to be asked; while you were on your meds, what was your lifestyle like? i.e., did you:
* Drink alcohol?

* Take any other medication, prescribed or not?

* Consume a healthy diet including plenty of fresh fruit/veges and lean protein, and with good portion control?

* Get any form of exercise?

* Have any form of therapy?

They are all ways of helping to improve your energy levels, as well as help with depression.

Just food for thought!
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Really searching for a way to manage well without meds. Recently got off all my bipolar meds, and want to stay off, but struggle with depression, anxiety, and sleep. Feel like I have tried everything - healthy eating, essential oils, yoga, exercise - though maybe haven't stuck with anything long enough. Was on meds 5 years and was depressed and low-energy much of that time; also still struggled with mood swings. Was hoping getting off meds would improve something - at least maybe the energy, but it hasn't so far. Wishing I had a miracle cure I could just jump into and never look back! Haven't found it yet.... Just doing my best day to day, but not thriving. What's the best thing you've found to work for going it med-free?

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I actually get summer SAD because my lupus keeps me trapped in the house because of the heat. I also have winter SAD, so there are only a few months out of the year when I'm happy. No way to live.

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I do use a light for SAD though I have depression all year, it is worse in the winter. I do believe that it helps a lot. You need to use it for 30 minutes in the morning upon waking. Your eyes must be open as the light is absorbed via the pineal gland through the pupil. I usually read or journal which is a nice way to start the day too.

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I will try she won't be in till Tuesday.


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Please make an appointment with your Dr ASAP! Altho' you are doing it for financial reasons, and not 'just because' you are playing with fire. There are many ways of accessing medications for free or much cheaper. Your Dr will be able to discuss this with you. If you have any issues after that, please come back here because I can give you links to places that can help.

Good luck, and PLEASE take care!
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I have tried to cut back on my meds my GP doesn't know this, but I find that it's not working very well. I was trying to save some money and there are only certain pharmacys that take my insurance. I'm on so many meds it just feels like I'm a robot . Today is an ok day. No highs or lows just kind of blah .

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