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Old 12-13-2006, 07:32 AM   #1
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I am interested to hear from others who have success with "alternative" ways to treat their depression.
I have found many products in the health food store that work for me. I've had to do so, because the drugs were introducing more problems than only depression.

 
Old 12-13-2006, 08:43 AM   #2
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when i was 15 i was going through a depression and st johns wort seemed to work for me. i took it for about 4 months, i mean it could have been something else that did it, but i think it's worth a try, it did seem like it was the herb that helped me.

 
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:40 PM   #3
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Have you read anything about Rational Emotive or Cognitive Behavior Therapy? These are considered some of the most effective non-chemical treatments for depression.

 
Old 12-15-2006, 01:46 PM   #4
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Have you read anything about Rational Emotive or Cognitive Behavior Therapy? These are considered some of the most effective non-chemical treatments for depression.


Could you give me a brief overview?

Thanks

 
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Basically, the idea is we entertain a host of illogical and irrational thought patterns which are often quite subconscious, meaning we are not aware of them. But, they nevertheless exert an influence on our mind and cause us to feel any number of moods and emotions. For example, if you were to be telling youself subconsciously that things will never change, you would be right to feel depressed because if it were true that it would "never" change, there would be good reason to be depressed. But, the word "never" is unrealistic. You may remain depressed for a while, but certainly not forever. So, to assume your depression would never leave, having those kind of thoughts, makes you depressed, even though it's false. Subconsciously, our body responds to fact or fictions. Just imaginaing sucking on a lemon often causes salivation, even though it's just imagination. Telling ourselves that we will never get better or that we will "always" be depressed is terribly untrue, but that doesn't stop the mind and the body from responding to that statement as if it were true. We need to stop using these "never" and "always statements. There are other patterns of thought which can cause depression, anxiety, panic......Do an internet search on Cognitive Behavior Therapy and you'll find a lot of information. The classic book that got the psycological community really interested from the mid 50's is Albert Ellis's Guide To Rational Living. Do a search on Albert Ellis and you'll find he has lots of books now...

 
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Thanks. I will do some research.

 
Old 12-17-2006, 02:05 PM   #7
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I am interested to hear from others who have success with "alternative" ways to treat their depression.
I have found many products in the health food store that work for me. I've had to do so, because the drugs were introducing more problems than only depression.
bloodyhell, what products have you found that worked, and at what dosages?

 
Old 12-21-2006, 11:41 AM   #8
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Here's what I have found is useful to prevent me from sinking:

Daily exercise, preferably outdoors to get some natural light.
Avoidance of alcohol, carbohydrates, caffeine.
Avoidance of stress. As in Christmas.
A balanced diet with lots of fish, fruit and veggies.
Avoidance of negative people.
Time spent with friends and family.
Reading and learning everything one can about depression.
Pay attention to your changes and intuition. Don't let anyone tell you how you feel.

I hope that doesn't sound like I am an angel. I have fallen from grace many times.

When I have entered the Black Hole of Depression, I have taken daily: three 5-HTP, 1-3 tsp. 3 X daily of v-C 15 by Dr Reckeweg (homeopathic, found at the Health Store), one multi-vitamin, extra B's, 6 fish oil capsules (northern caught fish, Carlsen's), and Bach's Rescue Remedy when I am really low. It's my individual formula, based on personal observation, but all of the above are useful and harmless.

As for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, it is very good, if one can afford to pay a therapist. It seems that doctors are very quick to prescribe a drug as a frontline therapy.

 
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Thanks, bloodyhell.

 
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