Nature's Anti Depressants

@wolfie34 (26820)
United Kingdom
April 13, 2007 8:06am CST
Please can anyone recommend something I can take as an anti-depressant because I have been feeling rough lately, what with nightmares and insomnia and I've told the doctor I refuse to go back to taking anti-depressants because they gave me nasty side affects and didn't actually work. Unfortunately I cannot take St.John's Wort because I take thyroxine and the two mustn't be taken together. I do go to the gym 5 times a week so it's NOT a lack of exercise, the opposite. Any advice or remedies would be greatly appreciated!
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13 Apr 07
My sister used to get down so she started taking a vitamin B complex. The results were quite amazing. They helped her alot and when she stopped taking them for a while her depression did come back. I know the Bach's Flowers have many different remedies for different feelings and emotions. I often use their Rescue Remedy when I am upset and it really calms me down. Heres the website that lists all the different ailments and what flower remedies can help. I hope this will help and I wish you all the best. http://www.bachcentre.com/centre/remedies.htm http://www.bachflower.com/
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
13 Apr 07
Wow, thanks that site gives you a wealth of knowledge!
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13 Apr 07
If you are interested in these flowers I have found a UK online shop. http://www.planta.co.uk/prodtype.asp?PT_ID=752&strPageHistory=cat
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@weemam (13389)
14 Apr 07
You know that I know someone with the same problem my friend and lack of serotonin does this , I know of 2 things that esupply this , sunshine is one and bananas is another its sounds daft but banana does help , give it a go , even in yogurt xx
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
14 Apr 07
I love bananas, the greener the better, I hate it when they go all soft and black ewww! We don't get much sunshine in this country LOL, but we did today and yes I sat out in it, thanks my friend x
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@weemam (13389)
15 Apr 07
patootie has given you a list of serotonin foods pal they are the best thing you can have , the antidepressants replace the serotonin so better eating the foods containing it , xx
@patootie (3593)
15 Apr 07
Well wolfie dear the most natural antidepressant is laughter .. so the more you can laugh the better you'll soon be feeling .. Serotonin is supposed to help .. it is naturally found in .. turkey, chicken, fish, pheasant, partridge, cottage cheese, bananas, eggs, nuts, wheat germ, avocados, milk, cheese and the legumes (beans, peas, pulses, soya), and there are also smaller amounts in breads, cereals, potatoes and rice .. all these are rich in trytophan from which our bodies naturally produce serotonin .. Make sure you are getting enough of the Vitamin B family too as that's a natural antidepressant .. and fish oils .. I hesitate to say this as I know how much you love going to the gym .. but sometimes you can go too often .. and it can have a negative effect on some folks .. but your instructor should be able to give you some help on antidepressants too So along with some good sleep .. and resolving your anxieties you'll be as good as new in next to no time .. big HUGS for you ..
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13 Apr 07
What a great place MyLot is that you have had so many wonderful responses already. I do not have any medical suggestions to add. I know depression is a medical condition and not just a case of 'get over it' but Spring is almost here and I hope that will help you. We went out today and it was great to see the blossom and lambs and hear the birds sing again. Don't get too down. There will always be a friend here on Mylot to help you.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
I can only reccommend something that I believe will work, not that I've had experience with. I notice that it relaxes me, but I have never used it specifically to make me feel better. Burning essential oils. Jasmine and sandalwood are supposed to be good for depression and emotional health. Jasmine, I can only recommend burning and maybe a few minutes of inhalation and meditation. Sandalwood, on the otherhand, can be mixed with another kind of oil--the one you massage with, what's it called, ARGH... just some sort of oil safe to rub on the body, petroleum, unscented baby oil, whatever--and massaged into the skin. Or you can just burn that one as well. You can get oil burners for as cheap as a dollar at the dollar store and oil is about 20 bucks or less but I reccomend trying to get from an authentic dealer... a website with the better business bureau graphic or something... that is, if you're even looking for that kind of answer. But like I said, those two oils relax me when I can find a minute to set it all up and sit down and just inhale.
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@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
13 Apr 07
Thank you I appreciate your helpful advice
• Canada
13 Apr 07
For massaging essential oils into your body, you need to use a base carrier oil such as Almond oil. Otherwise you run the risk of complications.
• United States
13 Apr 07
yes that's the one!
@rosie_123 (6118)
13 Apr 07
Well wolfie my friend, I'm sorry that I can't be much help to you on this one, as I really have no knowledge of anything related to depression, apart from St. John's Wort. I've also heard that Vitamin B6 may help.But I did want to come here and say I hope you find something that will help, and that you feel better soon. Take care.
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
13 Apr 07
Thanks Rosie, seems like Vitamin B looks like a goer for me x
@rhinoboy (2129)
13 Apr 07
Do you smoke wolfie? I find a nice fat spliff and a cup of coffee, taken in the garden while watching the sun set and litening to the birds sing eases away my stresses effortlessly. I would advise caution, since it can act as a simple mood enhancer, so there's a possibility that you could feel worse if consuming while depressed. Different things work for different folk and I swear by it, as would our friend, Jimbo I suspect!
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• United States
14 Apr 07
Uhh ohh. i was going to suggest St. John's Wort. If you are taking thyroxine, though, that is NOT a good idea. Umm, go to your local health food store and ask to talk to someone who knows about natural supplements. SOmethign you should know, though, is that it will take awhile for any supplement to kick in. Yes, it takes awhile for chemical anti-depressants to kick in, but it takes even longer for the natural ones to. SO, if you don't see a diffference right away, don't give up. Give it 2 months.
@santuccie (3375)
• United States
14 Apr 07
My #1 recommendation is laughter. Buy or at least rent some funny movies and watch them over and over. Watch a sitcom that makes you laugh (Seinfeld is my favorite). A couple funny movies I can think of are Ace Ventura, RV, Weekend at Bernie's, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Scary Movie II (I haven't seen part I). There are others, but this might be a good place to start. I think the one that made me laugh so hard it hurt was Weekend at Bernie's, but it may well be different for you. Get some funny stuff stuck in your head, and think about it from time to time. If you don't feel completely retarded doing it, go ahead and say some funny movie lines to yourself verbally. This might make you roll your eyes, but I'm telling you it works. Scour the web for some stupid jokes. Here's one to get you started... Last week, I was in line at Costco with a 50-lb bag of dog food (among other things). The lady in front of me turned around, looked in my shopping cart, and asked me if I had a dog (duh!). Out of an initial intent to be sarcastic, I said, "No, I'm starting the purina diet again. Of course, I probably shouldn't, because the last time found me in the hospital with tubes coming out of every orifice and IVs in both arms. But I did manage to lose 50 pounds!" By this time, people in the lines on both sides of us were watching and listening to me. I continued, "I've long since discovered that dog food is essentially a perfect diet, with all the nutrients the body needs. The trick is to stuff your pockets full of nuggets and eat a few each time you feel hungry. It really works!" The lady looked at me in horror, and said, "Did you wind up in the hospital because the dog food poisoned you?" I replied, "Oh, no. I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish setter's butt and a car hit us both." I thought the guy behind me was going to die from a heart attack, he was laughing so hard! "Laughing at dumb jokes is still good for your health!!!"
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@liranlgo (5749)
• Israel
13 Apr 07
Well the first choice is always sports, but you said that you are doing that five times a week, so i will try to recommend other ways. There is a believe that fatty fish could have a similar effect to taking anti-depressants. maybe you have something unbalanced in your body, did you do any blood tests recently? There is also Yoga and meditation that helps very much. There is a herbal that is called: HIPERICUM, it is said to help very much with depression, and there is the RODIOLA. There a lot of Bach remedies like: MUSTARD, GENTIAN, GORSE and OAK. There are other treatments, like magnet treatment that balances you back to a normal serotonin levels. And there are the Vitamins like: B5, B6 and B1, that help. Hope i have been a bit of help here, and i hope you'll feel better.
@charms88 (7545)
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
Wolfie, somebody above mentioned omega 3 and 6 as well as Vitamin B complex. Both are good supplements for you. I used to have a terrible insomnia too. A doctor prescribed Vitamin B with valerian root. The first time I took it, I was real sleepy the whole day. After 3 days, I was back to my regular sleeping habit. Valerian root should be taken on a small dosage only. You might like to ask your doctor about this. Right now, I'm only taking the plain Vitamin B complex.
@mememama (3077)
• United States
13 Apr 07
A former coworker swore by SAMe (S-Adenosy-L- Methionine). I haven't personally taken it, but I wish you well!
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@jamie622 (508)
• India
14 Apr 07
The most wonderful anti depressaant is to enjoy life . Think of what you enjoy most . Imagine yourself doing it now . what in the hell or heaven is stopping you to have fun in life . There is never enough a good enough reason to feel depressed . Life is too charming to feel depressed . Go out into the open . Do what you like . Pamper yourself . Drink your favourite drink . Play your favourite game . Spend time with the person you love or like the most . Go after a career you want . Do a job that you like . Do not stop . Keep doing things . Do not think too much . Do not attach too much imporatance to feeling depressed . Depression is a hypothetical thing . There is nothing such as depression in this world . Its somethihng that doctors create to convince you that you are not well , nad that you can get better only if you pour some money into their pocket . Anti depressant ? Well laughter is the best one .
14 Apr 07
I advise you to discuss this issue with your doctor. In China, we have a long history of using herbal medicine, but are not working as well as the modern medicines. Anyway, if your depression has come from a stress in your life, it is the most important to face the life, and keep optimistic. It might go better spontaneously.
• United States
14 Apr 07
My best advice is to be careful of taking medical advice from others, even though they obviously mean well. Different things work for different people, work differently for men and women, and may interact with other things you may be taking. There are lots of sites online for natural remedies. After researching (more than one site for each item you're interested in) I would still speak to your pharmacist or doctor to make sure it is safe for you.
@Jamian (2605)
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
my advice to you is by from me a magnetic titanium jewelry, it is good for the health, it combats pain and give you good blood circulation and enhanced your metabolism, it is also anti stress because of its magnets, 2500 gauss on each link,
• United States
14 Apr 07
Ahhh depression, that thing that can ruin any body's day. My best advice to deal with anti-depression is to simply keep yourself preoccupied and set a goal for yourself. This will give you something to focus on so your mind will be free from thinking about the things that lead to your depression. The thing about depression is that there is something that will trigger your depression mood. If you can find exactly what that depression is then you can simply avoid doing it. However figuring out what makes you depress may be hard. Keeping yourself focus on something else (like trying to make money) will take your mind off from thinking about the things that make you depress. Depression is all in the human mind - control your mind and tame your depression.
• United States
14 Apr 07
I know all about depression. I have my ups and downs. If your looking for something to stick with you just have to give something a chance. I also did not want to take pills. I have had my share of many of them. I even stopped all together once. I just got worse. I take wellbutrin xl now it is great for me. When I am not taking the pills which is often as I am trying to deal with it naturally. II find doing something I love helps. I love to clean my house. I also love lavender scented anything. I burn the incense during the day time. I mop my floors with the lavender cleaning stuff. I don't burn candles much. I have them for my smelling only. I am afraid of a fire. I was taking Zoloft,I had to stop due to the side affects too. I have none with Wellbutin xl. Good luck
13 Apr 07
I'm sorry to hear this wolfie. I can't actually suggest anything as I don't take anything, normally I go it alone. I hope you find something to help you out though, it sucks being down and depressed. Wishing you well buddy, ~Joey
@mssnow (9495)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Wolfie, sweetie if you need someone to talk to. I'm always here for you hon. I don;t know alot about depression except my mom was depressed alot. But she took lots of pills. I stay away from pills because of that. I am here for you though if you need a shoulder. Huggles to you. Feel better soon.