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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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It is good that you have recognized the benefits of exercise and NOT staying in bed - that is really great :-)

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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 :-)

Kris xx

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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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www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/i
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I hope that you find what you are looking for!

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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:
www.drgourmet.com/diabetes/index.sht
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.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-healthy
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Both sites their recipes are excellent for the general population - sit back and enjoy :-)
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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.

Hope this helps someone!

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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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