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Old 11-16-2000, 09:12 AM   #1
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Are there alternatives to drugs?

I think I may have a case of mild-depression. I do not want to go to the psychologist because I don't want to get any more drug problems. I become dependant on substances a little too easy. I was actually hoping there was something I could do (breathing excercises, certain excercises,...) to help illeviate these feelings. The problem I have is that I have no time in my life to go to the gym even an hour a day, and when I do have that hour, I have no motivation to go. I understand that one of the main reasons that people are depressed is that they are missing something in their life - be it excercise, nutrition, sleep. I am well nurished and sleep well, but I have no time for excercise. Does anyone know of any quick ways to get this part of life into mine? <IMG SRC=""> I am working full time during the day and in school most evenings. I should be really happy about my life right now, but I can only fake it. On the inside I am not happy at all. I either feel nothing or sad. Thanks for any replies.

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Old 11-16-2000, 10:37 AM   #2
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Re: Are there alternatives to drugs?

Can understand your reluctance to seek professional help in your busy life. It sounds like you have had some problems in the past with street drugs. The new forms of tailored drugs work in the nerve synapse area of the brain and caused a slow rise in the level of the "feel good" natural substances in the brain. This is different than street drugs with cause a general rush
of endorphins that can leave you hung over a
flat after they wear off. Yes, they can cause a phyological dependancy after you learn how it is to feel normal again. There is no physical craving. They are most prescribed medications in the world and have allowed millions of people to live normal lives free of debilitating depression and anxiety. Good Luck in the future.

Old 11-16-2000, 03:41 PM   #3
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Re: Are there alternatives to drugs?

Hey Jes,

Hi! Just wanted to ask - are you SURE that you're depression isn't related to the quitting? Depression can hit big time during that time, you know. Messing with your serotonin, and other brain chemicals. I'm (severely) depressed too, but I've had that since I was a teen, before my smoking days. Just a thought..............

PS - I haven't posted much, because I'm a screw-up, if you know what I mean. Too depressed and mad at myself to relate to anyone right now..........

Old 11-17-2000, 08:09 AM   #4
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Re: Are there alternatives to drugs?


I, too, work full time and go to school at night. It took me a while to figure out how to get exercise into my schedule, but I finally did it. The motivation is definitely the hardest part at first, but I actually crave exercise now and have no problem with motivation.

What I do is I wake up at 5:30am and go to the gym for 6:00am. I have all of my things ready the night before so all I have to do is wake up and go. I work out from 6 - 7am and then shower and am at work at 7:30am. That hour may not seem like much, but it makes me feel good.

Another thing I do when the weather is warmer (50 degrees and higher) is wake up in the morning and run 2-3 miles. That's convenient because I can do that anywhere and I don't have to worry about lugging all of my stuff to the gym in the morning.

I find that when I have a set schedule which doesn't change from week to week (school, work, exercise) I'm on autopilot and I just go.

Well, this is what works for me. I don't know many people that are willing to wake up as early as I do. Most nights I'm in bed by 9 (when my classes alow it.)

Good luck to you. You have to want to find a way to fit exercise into your life. There are gyms that are open 24hrs a day (at least where I am anyway.)

Keep us posted!

Old 11-17-2000, 05:30 PM   #5
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Re: Are there alternatives to drugs?

I hear you with the --don't have any time in the world for ANYTHING, as well as the lack of motivation. But you just have to make yourself, at least one time. I have been putting it off forever and I finally went and can't stay away now... start running--it will do wonders for you. And as far as other things that might be good--there is a wonderful book out by Tim LaHaye, How to Win Over Depression.... since I have read it I am really starting to overcome the depression I've been fighting. True, when I was in hospital condition I needed meds, but for where I am now--this is does it! Just try it out, read it through if you can--I have a lot of faith that if you implement the formulas that he includes in his book you will improve soooo much. **

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