Non Prescription Anti-Depressants

United States
May 1, 2007 3:10pm CST
Sometimes I feel depressed and rather than tell someone or tell my doctor I would rather keep it to my self than seek help,we all like to consider ourselves as normal and not to be "labeled" into a certain category...I have often thought about going to the a local pharmacy like rite,walgreens:etc and buying a non prescribed anti-depressant but I guess Iam to nervous and don't want to have to indure some of the adverse side effects from the medication Is anyone outhere on any over the contour anti depressants like zolof,etc and do you experience any side effects from taking the medicine
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9 responses
• Philippines
2 May 07
Medicines include different ingredients that could either affect our body in a bad way rather than good..I am a nurse and I don't think giving way too much medicine to someone is not good.. Anti-depressant should also be avoided I guess..If you are depressed it doesn't mean there are no other way to cure it..If you feel depressed it is because you are not doing anything productive for yourself.. Try going out with friends...Get a hobby...Read a book...watch a movie..Find a job..Depression is one way of saying I am useless.. You are not useless so be alert and make something out of your life..Have a dream and try to fulfill it..Think about it......
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• United States
18 Mar 09
Have you ever had severe depression??? Get a hobby! Read a book! Are you freaking kidding me!!! Until you've experienced the deepest darkest recesses of living hell you have no right to give advice on depression. Being depressed has nothing to do with being useless or unproductive. Depression is a real medical condition and often stems from a chemical imbalance in the brain that no amount of movie watching or outings with friends will cure. Many times getting outside and doing something productive may help but is in no way a cure to a very serious problem. Medication isn't the answer for everyone but do not deminish the life saving impact that it can have on many. You claim to be a nurse but obviously have no medical backround in this field and should be ashamed for implying that depression is a consequence of being lazy or unproductive.
• Canada
21 Nov 09
WOW!!!! I can't believe what I just read. Lately I have been depressed and I am in the same situation, I don't wanna go to the doctor or talk about it so instead I spend my time surfing the net looking for easier solutions. GET A HOBBY!!??? I have done more sports, hobbies, and gone on more social outings in my 20 years of living then you will ever imagine of doing, GET A JOB!!??? I have 3 thank you very much, READ A BOOK!!!??? because studying for my five final courses of my university career isn't enough time spent reading, HAVE A DREAM!!!??? I do not have a cent to my name because I am constantly spending money on the goals I have set out for myself but I have learnt that making myself feel better is priceless. I realize that this post is very, very old but this has really offended me in my already dark time. If you feel depressed it is NOT because your lazy, useless, of unproductive. P.S I think I may be venting a little here and I must say it does make me feel a lot better.
• Canada
21 Nov 09
WOW!!! I can't believe what I just read. I have been depressed and I am in the same situation, I don't wanna go to the doctor or talk about it so instead I spend my time surfing the net looking for easier solutions. GET A HOBBY!!!??? I have done more sports, hobbies and gone on more than my share of social gatherings in my 20 years of living than you could imagine possible. GET A JOB!!!???? I have 3 thank you very much. READ A BOOK!!!??? because studying for my last five classes of my university career isn't enough reading already. HAVE A DREAM!!!??? I have spent every last cent to my name fulfilling goals. I realize this post is really really old but this really offended me in my already dark time. If you feel depressed it is NOT because your lazy, useless, or unproductive. P.S I think I might be venting a little... it feels good.
• United States
1 May 07
Well I don't know of anything over the counter, but I definately know exactly what you are talking about when you say you don't want to be labeled. I'm bi-polar (manic-depressive) and I know how it feels to be labeled which is complete s**t.. we are no different than anyone else. I'm more manic than anything, and it's a horrible thing to hear when a doctor says your psychotic. Don't worry about being labeled, just seek the help you need. Depression can become severe and bad things can happen, so like i said, Please, get help. Take care.
@delani (15)
• United States
1 May 07
To add to dedicated's comments - clinical depression is often caused by a chemical imbalance. Would you expect a diabetic to have to self treat? No. It's the same thing. If you left something like diabetes untreated, the symptoms will get worse. Don't feel ashamed or afraid to get proper treatment for an illness. Let a medical professional evaluate your symptoms and decide the appropriate treatment. Hopefully it will only be short term, but there is nothing wrong with you no matter what your diagnosis turns out to be - remember that. Good luck and take care of yourself. Delani whatudidtoday.com
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@wachit14 (3603)
• United States
1 May 07
There are no over-the-counter anti-depressants that are like Zoloft. There are herbal remedies though that can help alleviate depression like St. Johns Wort, which works very well. The only side effect is that you have to be very careful not to over expose yourself to the sun when taking St. John's Wort regularly. Depression for short periods of time is normal though. If it lasts longer than two weeks then you should at least mention it to your doctor and they may refer you to a therapist. Sometimes just talking about what's bothering you is all you really need.
@buenavida (6530)
• Sweden
2 May 07
I always recommend everyone to check what they are eating, do they get enough of cold pressed vegetable oils and cold pressed omega3 and enough of fruits and vegetables? The oils are food for our brain, more than 60% of the brain is fats and a big part should be omega3 fats. If we eat fried oils, our brain cannot funktion good. If we change our diet it could mean that we get rid of depression without medicine. I have experienced a big improvement and now I am much happier. I take 2-3 capsules of cold pressed salmon oil daily together with other quality food supplements. You will find more information in my profile.
• United States
2 May 07
really appeciate that inforamtion,some days I barely eat at all...I may need to just change my diet hopefully thats it
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@buenavida (6530)
• Sweden
2 May 07
Our billions of cells cannot function with nourishment, the cell membrane needs the right fats to let the food in and get rid of the junk. Knowing this has changed a lot in my life, and learning more about this, will change yours too, I am sure of that. It may take some time, but donĀ“t give up. And you can also use homeopatic medication to help in the beginning. Maybe you find Gnld information meetings where you live. You can send me a message if you would like to go and listen, it is free and I could give you my id number if they ask who has invited you.
@squrrly26 (557)
• United States
2 May 07
I have read through this discussion and I agree with what everyone is saying and have heard about St.johns wort,fish oil and some of the others. I too am depressed a lot of the time and I am totally against prescribed anti-depressants as I feel all they do is screw with your brain more than they do good. I have done some research and found out about sceletium tortuosum (Kanna). One of the alkoloids in it is mesembrine and mesembrine has been known to be able to help with your serotonin. Sorry about the spelling as I am not exactly sure how to spell some of these words. Anyway lack of serotonin is what actually makes you feel depressed. You can buy Kanna in powder form or in a pill form. If this interest you at all there are many good sites out there with loads of info about it.
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@sunnypub (2137)
• United States
2 May 07
I hated the meds that the doctors put me on, they made me worse, so I stopped taking them and went into a homeopathic pharmacy. The people there were so nice and they helped me pick out an all natural homeopathic remedy for depression. there are quite a few available but the one my body seemed to want was simply called Depression Release. It is terrific. I take 10 drops a day in the morning and I have had no side effects whatsoever, unless you call feeling better a side effect. I also had some accupuncture treatments. Going the all natural route was the absolute way to go. I feel much better and I have no side effects and the people I have come in contact with are extremely helpful and understanding.
@AmbiePam (40226)
• United States
2 May 07
Just be wary of St. John's Wart. It is the most widely touted "natural" anti-depresant, but recent studies from various groups indicate it is a placebo, and it doesn't work. Some think that by telling people it is an actual remedy for depression, it gets the person's mind to believe and therefore they "psych" themselves out of the depression since they believed all along it would help. Good luck, but if the depression persists, I do hope you'll see a doctor.
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@pyewacket (43953)
• United States
4 May 07
First of all, if you're feeling depressed it's really better that you don't keep it hidden...Many, many people have depression it's nothing to be ashamed about...I don't have depression but I do have panic disorder with agoraphobia, and for many countless years I never told anyone about it..except of course my doctors...but not friends, etc...cause like you I didn't want to be "labeled" Going without treatment of some kind will only make it worse..you really do need to talk to your doctor, and he might recommend therapy... Also, while it's primarily for anxiety problems try to get Lucinda Bassett's 15 tape program, as it also does deal with depression problems check her site out..you can also join the forum there http://www.stresscenter.com
• United States
4 May 07
Thankyou for the link and your support,I will check it out
@misstree (241)
• United States
3 May 07
I was a lot like you once, and tried Sam-E. It didn't do much at all. So I talked to my Dr about it and tried Cymbalta. It works really well. No side effects for me. Other people have had them. It depends. It's also how it's administered. I know of a lot of Dr's that will put someone on a medication at a very high dosage to start. Thus causing side effects. Stupid. So what is really helpful is that the patient receives just a little bit at first and then increase slowly to the correct dosage. A friend of mine was a victim of a stupid doctor who put her on the max dose right away. Don't be afraid to see a Dr. You can try over the counter herbal remedies like what others have posted. See what happens, but if you find there is no response in 2 to 3 months (That's how long it takes usually to notice if your feeling better), then see a Dr. And not a family Dr. A psychiatrist who knows what he or she is doing and please mention if you start a medication, to start very slow and increase slowly. Greets and good luck.