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Hi , I had depression since last 4-5 years and since last 6 months I am totally fine.I want to tell everyone that I cured my depression with anulom vilom pranayam. It is really work but you have to do it every day minimum for 40 minutes ...you can increase the time as per your requirement ...so what are you waiting for ,start it from today for your endless happiness and inner bliss. Best of luck every one ! This is the best solution to cured it permanent .

Hi ! This is my personal experience … And I find that anulom-vilom Pranayam work best for depression … As earlier I had it since last may be 2-3 yrs bt since last six month I m doing this pranayam for 40 mins. Daily and now I feel it totally cured… If u want u can extend the time duration of it depending yr requirement … Best of luck for yr new journey towards endless joy and happiness .

La1
I have serious. we are poor we own 2 rooms Bangalore tails home which has a way in a lane beside as 3 storied building. The owner of that building occupied this lane and torturing me and our family saying that he is the owner of that lane and asking to vacate our home. we are poor not able to move from that place. As he is a granite contractor no lawyer and politician are helping us in this issue. Trying to suside with our family . not way only god can save us.

I think my depression is genetic and is a chemical inbalance as long as I keep taking the prozac I am reasonably good and happy sometimes have slight dips but I think that knowing there is a problem is half the battle

alex
I tried lots of different things when I was depressed. I had no success with drugs (tried about ten different ones), and I hated psychotherapy. Long walks made my depression worse, because my mind would spontaneously wander to very unpleasant thoughts when I walked. The one thing that really worked was getting a volunteer position at a local animal shelter. I worked as a volunteer with the cats for a while, and then I applied for a paying job. I was hired soon after. I had been unemployed for about four years, and I started feeling better not long after I began earning money again. It's been about ten years, and I still work at the same shelter. I've had my ups and downs, but the true depression never returned. And I have lots of new cats at home that my wife and I adopted through work.

You can get the same "treatment" online from social sites like this one and many others where you can get real solutions and talk out the issues that you're having and do it anonymously. I stopped going to my therapist after finding the help and encouragement that I needed online.

Exercise is the real thing, I started to race on a bike, joined a club and since then I feel fantastic!

Im new here and interested in connecting with another person like me who suffers from depression..
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Sorry but I have to rant.
I've seen 2 different psychiatrist and I must say, psychiatrist are money hungry immoral mother fuckers! Your just another pig up for study. They don't give a shit, all they want is that 400$ every 2 weeks. For fuck sakes, with that much money I'd be taking my patients to a god damn theme park. These assholes just give you medication that fucks you even more. If I'm paying you 400$ every 2 weeks you better have a god damn solution! If not, than admit you suck balls, so we can stop wasting our money , because you psychiatrist just might get fucked up. I know after my sessions all I wanted to do is burn your fucking building down!

I think exercise is good therapy, but it is difficult to maintain when you do not have enough motivation (which is a symptom of depression!). Try your friends encouragement and support to start and maintain a regular physical activity. Ask them to go with you.

Re: Stress — I think the first point made is totally valid - Stress is an almost useless word - what does it actually mean, what causes 'stress' what does it look like, what effect does it have?? Start asking these questions and you will see how widely different people interpret this word.

Re: Play outside — Being in nature reminds me that life isn't all that bad after all. A beautiful day does a lot for lifting the spirits.

Re: Exercise — I agree about exercise, and not just any exercise. daily VIGOROUS exercise. It's hard to keep up with, especially when depressed, but this is the ONLY thing that really works for me.

Re: Anxiety — My major problem is anxiety (I think) which then makes me depressed. But the two feed off each other, like a loop. It's a downward spiral.

Re: Loss of interest — When depressed I am disappointed when I wake up in the morning, because I feel like I have yet another daily struggle ahead of me. I have problems focusing on what I need to be focusing on. I feel helpless and unmotivated.

Re: Cognitive Behavior Therapy — the cognative theropist is still completing assesments

Re: Refractory Depression — Typical SSRI + Wellbutrin would not touch my depression and anxiety but opioid did. I have Endorphin deficiency syndrome and the LDN maintenance use has cured me

Re: Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) — Very few side effects during first week of ramp up on LDN ( Vivid dreams, restless sleep. Otherwise it has eliminated my anxiety and severe ssri resistant depression

Re: Thoughts of suicide — I have refractory depression and will be starting a LDN treatment in a few weeks

Re: Insomnia/Trouble sleeping — Hi;
I have MVP and i have the same problem with you since i was 17. It started in high school with panicking before the exam days. Now i am on medication both for sleeping pills and anti-depressants.My doctor says i have to quite but it is not that easy. As i am working regulary and have to wake up very early in the morning. I can only sleep if i know that i got my pills. I wasn't working for one year period and that time i didn't need these medications. I think this is addcition:(

Re: Sleeping more than normal / Hypersomnia — Unless I have to do something or somewhere to go or be, I can sleep 12+ hours a day.

Re: Not looking forward to anything — No joy in anticipating any upcoming events.

Re: Loss of interest — No highs or lows, just a flat middle ground of life.

Re: Loss of interest — I had the hardest time being involved with daily activities. I would be content to play solitaire all day.

Re: Neurofeedback — This is the one thing that has helped me with depression the most. They were able to show me how my brain waves were out of balance and the patterns they fit were surprising and enlightening--concentration issues for instance, I always thought were a side effect of depression and social anxiety, but then realized maybe depression and social anxiety were side effects of concentration problems. I could see on the graphs how excessive slow waves in some areas were causing the brain to try to compensate by revving up (anxiety) and then getting exhausted (depression). Good stuff. And each week I could see on the computer screen how my brainwaves were changing, balancing. I highly recommend it! No side effects. One thing--the only way I was able to afford it was by finding a start-up practitioner who offered deep discounts. Luckily it's not like therapy or drugs that are ongoing. With Neurofeeback, the changes are made and they hold. So it is cheaper over time.

Re: Lexapro — I am on my 4th day, Side effects horrible but My doctor told me they should go after 5 or 6 days and I should feel better within 2 weeks. I cant eat and feel really strange but I will pesevere and see what happens. my email dl.nicholas@hotmail.com if anyone needs to chat.

Re: Prozac — I've been taking Prozac for over 10 years. 40 mgs daily. It resulted in a huge improvement in my life. It didn't change who I was fundamentally but it did change my mood. The tough times weren't so tough and I rebounded quicker from disappointments and challenges. I got married, had kids and have a great life. I think if I had not gone on Prosac (or some other SSRI if Prosac hadn't worked) I would be in a much more unhappy place.

Re: Cannabis (Sativa) — i am an indian , here in india cannabis sativa is considered a holy thing because it is said to be the favourite thing of lord shiva (The supreme Lord, in his temples cannibis paste is offered to him daily and termed as 'BHANG') and i am a worshipper of lord shiv" mahakal".SO in our tradition cannibis is not considered a drug it is the boon of lord shiva for humans to awaken the sleeping godly consioussness of humans. medically also it is not harmfull (untill not overdosed).so i suggest the use of cannibis in a proper amount and next time when you eat it dont forget to thank lord shiva for this beautiful exparience he has given to us in tghe form of cannibis.

Re: Spontaneous crying — Anger, frustration, impatience,

Re: Cannabis (Sativa) — I have been battling depression for 15 years +. I've been on many different antidepressants, but the one thing I've found that drastically improved my depression and made me feel normal was just a little bit of cannabis. I don't know what strains I was smoking, and from what I've seen around the web it looks like the sativa strains would be the best for treating depression. But small doses of marijuana seem to disappear the depressive symptoms. Unfortunately, high doses seem to spin me into mania. So, I have had two serious manic episodes and my wife has said that she will not be around to help me through a third and so I am afraid to try smoking again to relieve my depression, but am also fairly certain that my current drugs, lithium and welbutrin, are not going to cut through this fog like marijuana did. Anybody know of any thorough studies of Sativa? Would love to have more ammo for rational discussion with my wife and family and friends. I think it was the high doses that caused the mania - everyone else is afraid that any dose will cause the mania.

Re: Music with exercise — I had been very sedentary for years and knew I needed to exercise, but I was too sluggish and depressed to get moving. I am age 53. I was having a hard time just walking across the room. Then 2 weeks ago my husband bought me an iPod. I had never tried one before. It is so much better than listening to CDs on my little boombox which has rather poor sound quality and can't go with me. I am transferring all my CDs to the iPod.

The combination of music with exercise is astounding to me! I never feel like exercising UNTIL I put on the headphones. As soon as music starts I start to feel happier and more energetic. This gives me the motivation to go to the gym and get on the elliptical machine. I had tried it before without my music but had a poor workout and did not want to go back. The music played on the gym loudspeaker is horrible and irritating, but with my headphones on I hear only my music (music I love) and my workouts have improved dramatically. I think the music causes an explosion of endorphins, which reduces the fatigue and aches of the exercise and thus I can do it much longer. I can't believe how fast (instantly) this improvement has worked for me. The music and exercise work together so well that it seems too good to be true. I have been very depressed for many years and all I had to do was exercise while listening to my music? Why did I not discover this before? It seems so obvious to me now. Well, time will tell whether this will last but I think it will. The music causes an instant lift to my spirits, which lasts only as long as I listen to it, but that's long enough to get a great workout each day. And the exercise, I expect, will help keep depression at bay long-term. I'm not saying that this method will work this well for everyone, but it's side-effect-free and worth a try.

Five days per week I spend ax 50-60 minutes on the elliptical, with average heartrate about 140-145 BPM. BPM starts low then ranges from 135-155. Every few days I have to raise the level on the machine in order to keep my BPM up high enough. The 1st time my BPM went over 160 while on Level 1, but that's because I was in such bad condition. After just 2 weeks of doing this, now my heart is stronger and I have to raise the level to get my heart rate up. Exercise is healthy in so many ways. I have lost a few pounds, although that's the least of my goals. The main thing is I find myself smiling during the day for no apparent reason, just because I feel happy. I didn't do that before!

Re: Exercise — I had been very sedentary for years and knew I needed to exercise, but I was too sluggish and depressed to get moving. I am age 53. I was having a hard time just walking across the room. Then 2 weeks ago my husband bought me an iPod. I had never tried one before. It is so much better than listening to CDs on my little boombox which has rather poor sound quality and can't go with me. I am transferring all my CDs to the iPod. The combination of music with exercise is astounding to me! I never feel like exercising UNTIL I put on the headphones. As soon as music starts I start to feel happier and more energetic. This gives me the motivation to go to the gym and get on the elliptical machine. I had tried it before without my music but had a poor workout and did not want to go back. The music played on the gym loudspeaker is horrible and irritating, but with my headphones on I hear only my music (music I love) and my workouts have improved dramatically. I think the music causes an explosion of endorphins, which reduces the fatigue and aches of the exercise and thus I can do it much longer. I can't believe how fast (instantly) this improvement has worked for me. The music and exercise work together so well that it seems too good to be true. I have been very depressed for many years and all I had to do was exercise while listening to my music? Well, time will tell whether this will last but I think it will. The music causes an instant lift to my spirits, which lasts only as long as I listen to it, but that's long enough to get a great workout each day. And the exercise, I expect, will help keep depression at bay long-term. I'm not saying that this method will work this well for everyone, but it's side-effect-free and worth a try. Five days per week I spend ax 50-60 minutes on the elliptical, with average heartrate about 140-145 BPM. BPM starts low then ranges from 135-155. Every few days I have to raise the level on the machine in order to keep my BPM up high enough. The 1st time my BPM went over 160 while on Level 1, but that's because I was in such bad condition. After just 2 weeks of doing this, now my heart is stronger and I have to raise the level to get my heart rate up. Exercise is healthy in so many ways. I have lost a few pounds, although that's the least of my goals. The main thing is I find myself smiling during the day for no apparent reason, just because I feel happy. I didn't do that before!

Re: Lexapro — Lexpro is an excellent anti depressent, I took Lexpro during my last episode of depression and fully recovered in 4-6 weeks some known issues with lexpro are the side effects but they are minimal as compared to the problem it cures. This medicine is surely a blessing in disguise for those who seek relief from depression,...All the best

Re: Insomnia/Trouble sleeping — Man i have been experiancing insomnia since i was 18 and am now 33.it comes and goes.the pas 2 yrs ive been doing great but all of a sudden its back.not to mention i am experiancing BAD anxiety and woorry.the anxiety is keeping me from slleping.i dreed the nght time beacause im afraid and hate being awake all nght while everyone else is zzzzz.ive only been sleeping 3-4 hrs of broken sleep and im so nervous,i go to see my doc tomm but i dont wanna be on meds.i have a toddler to take after,i just wanna be there for him.im afraid i will battle this forever,i just want to feel normal,i hate feeling like a zombie..this whole experiance is affecting my ability to think properly,seek work,and being social..if theres anyone out there that can help please point me in the right direction,and tell me im not the only one and this too shall pass:( theresa

Denning
Re: Cannabis (Sativa) — May be useful for some in treating depression, but I've found the opposite: marijuana draws me inward, making me be even more self-critical and isolated. I avoid it.

Re: Sleeping more than normal / Hypersomnia — YA I M SLEEPING MORE THAN 13 HRS PER DAY,DNT KNW Y.

Re: Lexapro — Lexapro is a permanent life long cure for any depression if you can survive treatment. I was told by a marriage counselor to request drugs for my OCD symptoms (checking, intrusive sad thoughts, previous eating disorders as a teen & heavy drinking-probably perpetuated by my father’s suicide in 1981 while he was on imipramine and many other psych med’s) I went to my husband’s pcp who never met me before. He gave me a depression self-test & diagnosed me with depression, then prescribed Lexapro & Rozerem since I had a terrible insomnia problem. He also decided it was a good idea to start kissing me and grabbing me in his office. The Lexapro did such a good job getting me up & doing things but I believe it also may have made me nervous because it raised my blood pressure from it’s usual 120/80 to 145/110. I was really up! I could drink twelve shots of straight liquor & still be walking around for hours. This was the busiest year of my life. I got 2 DUI’s 4 drunk in publics & an involuntary commit for suicide, attended 2 rehab’s, a hypnotherapist, weekly ASAP programs, all while working full time. During medical treatment I was seen by 3 psychiatrists 4 doctors & many counselors. Most of the follow up treatment involved numerous more drugs anti-buse campral Buspar. All of which I had to stop taking due to side effects-full body tremors and falling down. After the second DUI when I was also charged with a felony for pinching a police officers butt, I decided maybe I should stop Lexapro b/c I seemed to have developed some obsession with alcohol & I could see I was also becoming delusional. While in jail I requested no more medication for 1 week and was able to stop although the depression side effects of the withdrawal lasted about three months. I met many other women in jail for DUI’s while on Zoloft, Lexapro and Abilify & others for shoplifting on Zanax. My depression is 100% permanently cured. I no longer ever feel sad about my life. I have never killed anyone driving drunk. I didn’t kill myself. I am no longer in jail, I didn’t get my kid taken away from me. I am not in a mental institution, and I don’t have a lethal diastolic blood pressure of 110. No matter what happens in my life now, I am always hopeful and never depressed.

steph23
Re: Acupuncture — I didn't think it was painful, but I also didn't think it helped my migraines.

Bris
Re: Tryptophan — Worked fabulously. Let me sleep at night, which helps. I went from deep depression to no depression in 2 1/2 weeks of taking 1500mg of pure tryptophan. After 8 weeks I started lowering the dose and depressio started creeping back, so back on 3 pills a day with a glass of juice. NO side effects for me, inexpensive, natural...

nalts
Re: Exercise — Catch 22... when you're depressed it's hard to exercise. But there's absolutely no question it's the best way to get out of a funk and stay out of one. Even 10-30 min on a treadmill daily (plus light therapy) is powerful.

joshedwards77
Re: 5-hTP — I started taking 50 mg in the morning and 50 mg before bed. It helped me during the day (50 mg didn't make me groggy) and I also slept better.

hondapilotvt
Re: Acupuncture — I initially felt the same way about acupuncture - very scared, but once I did it, I saw that it's really nothing. You hardly feel it, and it's actually very relaxing to just lie there and think about nothing. I fall asleep during treatments. It hasn't been effective for my migraines (but nothing has), but it has been helpful for back pain. Good luck - try it!

duzcitta
Re: Lexapro — I did get fat, but I don't even care. After twenty years of improper management of my depression and unsuccessful medications, Lexapro changed my life. I am a more stable and comfortable and functional than I ever dreamed, I could care less about the pudge pudge.

bowler
Re: Death of child — No doubt as far as I am concerned. Both of my parents suffered the loss of their son due to cancer at age 45. They both changed and THEIR health went down much faster. They also suffer moderate to severe depression as a result. Would like to hear from others...or study. The loss of my brother really made ME change also...really made me depressed! Felt guilty for living past his age for awhile. Anyone else?

bowler
Re: Chronic anxiety — Suffering from chronic anxiety, which is somewhat under control, may add to depression! I would like to see a study related to this also.

bowler
Re: Dysfunctional environment in childhood — Would love to see a study on this one!!! I totally believe the way I was made to feel as a very young child and through the school years have helped mold my depression. I repressed abuse for years and was mistreated by others in childhood which added to depression and led to severe depression as an adult. The way we feel as a kid and the way we are treated by others I FEEL definately causes depression!!

bowler
Re: Social isolation — Currently on disability leave from work and AM and FEEL isolated because there are such limitations put on what we can do! I do feel isolated and will tell others that I do from time to time!!! Some friends just see it and will spend time or talk to me which is a blessing. I am a particularly social person but I feel isolation really adds to my depression (as does the disability)

bowler
Re: Genetics — Depression is also in my family in members of both sexes. I would like to see some research on this..and the treatments!

bowler
Re: Stress — Stress is absolutely a factor in depression and as shared already it comes in a variety of types. There is no one answer for "stress"!

bowler
Re: Acupuncture — I have never tried acupunture but am chicken to. I can only imagine the variety of feelings you get from it. Is it painful?

bowler
Re: Anger — Is there anyone else who suffers severe anger or just anger when depressed? I suffer it but medication only moderately helps (alprazolam for anxiety-panic-anger and zoloft for the major to moderate depression.)

bowler
Re: Sense of guilt — Feel guilty for being alive while my brother is dead. He was the smarter of the two of us, however I know it is not realistic to feel guilty...nor is it healthy to feel guilty. The level of guilt can be severe, even though it is unrealistic.

bowler
Re: Low self-esteem — Have always had low self esteem and still to this day suffer from this. My friends tell me when it is really showing and try to make me more confident!

bowler
Re: Difficulty concentrating — I agree 100%!! I deal with 2 ill parents and a brother whom died of cancer. It was diagnosed on my 40th birthday and it really made me have MORE difficulty concentrating or wanting to do things on a daily basis. Have found mom can not concentrate at all when her depression gets in the way...I have to TRY to concentrate for the 2 of us so we can take care of my father...he has dementia related to parkinson's disease and has parkinson's which can be severe.

bowler
Re: Sadness — I absolutely agree with your comment about never finding total relief. I have never moved but feel a lake of friends due to the depression and my sense of optimism/pessimism is directly related to it. I am fighting it right now and relaxation tape will help again eventually, as long as my body allows it to.

bowler
Re: Loss of appetite — I never have an appetite when I am depressed! I always eat at least one meal, whether small or normal, but I am never hungry!

stillihgrip
Re: Childbirth (postpartum) — What? She was born in August and I did end up in a mental hospital for 9 weeks, but I've never heard there might be a connection!?

freedom130
Re: Gender Dysphoria — If anyone has ever felt uncomfortable with the gender they were born with but did not think it would be worth it to have surgery to physically change themselves it would be nice for me to talk to you and share experiences because I had this problem my whole life but I did not even know there was an actual definition of mild gender dysphorea.

maxmeier
Re: Cannabis (Sativa) — I would have to partially disagree, I have been using cannabis daily to treat depression for about two years and I'm still able to be completely productive.

ccrou
Re: SAM-e — I love this. Just start on a L O W dose. I take 200 mg every other day. It can cause anxiety if you take to much. I was put on Paxil for migraine prevention and the Paxil caused me to gain 30 pounds. I slowly got off of the paxil...the hardest thing I have ever done, and was left with DEPRESSION for the first time in my life. Thank goodness for the Sam E. It has really helped me and I have lost the 30 pounds!!

ccrou
Re: Paxil — Worked great but I was gaining about 10 pounds a year. I also think it made my migraines worse. I was started on Paxil for migraine relief. I had never had depression until AFTER I went off of paxil. It was a bear getting off of this drug. I lost the 30 pounds I gained w/o dieting. I am just sorry that I have been left with mild depression. I now take Sam E which seems to help.

mary52
Re: Exercise — Exercise helped me. I went on walks and increased the duration by 1 minute every day. I started really low...at 10 minutes.

drewtucker
Re: Cannabis (Sativa) — (Apologies that this is a single paragraph - the site doesn't allow multi-paragraph comments.) A couple years ago I found that my productivity at work was declining and I was losing interest in doing just about anything in my life. A friend of mine recommended I see a psychiatrist; I was diagnosed as having depression, and prescribed Wellbutrin. Within a month I was starting to feel a little bit better and was a little more productive, but there was a huge tradeoff: the medication was causing my heart to race and skip beats and was making my jaw clench. I was afraid to continue Wellbutrin given its side effects, but I didn't want to give up on trying to treat my depression. Being in California, I went to my doctor and got a recommendation for marijuana. (I had only tried it twice in my life before then, and had never thought it could really be used for medicinal purposes.) I visited the local dispensary, got some sativa (the uplifting, energetic, clear-headed kind of cannabis), and got a vaporizer. Over the course of the next year I had some sativa once or twice a week (more than that is counterproductive); it made my depression go away completely. Earlier this year I decided that my treatment had run its course, so I stopped using cannabis. I've been doing fine since and have had no withdrawal issues. While Wellbutrin was effective, it had dangerous side effects; for the same condition, it turns out that sativa was just as effective for me and had none of the negative side effects (and since I used a vaporizer I didn't have to smoke anything). Bottom line: I was surprised to find that cannabis sativa was effective to treat my depression, but it really worked. I've done some research on it since then, and have found that studies show that cannabis sativa is effective in treating depression when used moderately (like I did - once or twice each week), but is counterproductive when used excessively (such as every day).

drewtucker
Re: Bupropion (Wellbutrin) — Wellbutrin began to improve my symptoms, but also caused my heart to race and skip beats. I had to stop Wellbutrin due to these dangerous side effects. (My doctor then switched me to cannabis sativa - which worked well without the side effects.)

sweetwater
Re: Personal Growth Workshops — I've personally experienced anti-depressant-like effects from these multi-day courses: Landmark Forum, Hoffman Process

howreb
Re: Menopause — The symptoms of chronic fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, forgetfulness along with my increased hormonal migraines and lack of libido are very depressing.

howreb
Re: Blemishes/acne — Only before period.

howreb
Re: Skin hypersensitivity — During migraines

howreb
Re: Poor body image — Who wouldn't when it causes so many problems and you feel horrible all the time.

howreb
Re: Thoughts of suicide — Only due to the horrible quality of life since fatigue, brain fog, forgetfullness, and increased migraines.

howreb
Re: Loss of interest — Has to do with pre-menopause I believe, especially since sexual interest has diminished greatly.

howreb
Re: Mood swings — Only near my menstrual period.

SoCalJason
Re: Fish Oil — I was severely depressed for over a year and hated medication which I took for a month which didn't work, had tried every natural remedy and the one that cured me was Fish Oil. I learned of it from a Harvard study which showed it was more effective than meds for manic depression (i was not manic). The study looked at 9 grams per day but 4 grams per day worked for me. Search for the Harvard study on fish oil and depression and try it, I promise it works! Find one that is "molecuarly distilled" for purity and a sign of a good quality fish oil is if you put it in the freezer, the oil (inside the gelcap) will not freeze.

Nancy Lapp
Re: Adequate sleep — How do you get adequate sleep when insomnia is on your list of depression symptoms?

Nancy Lapp
Re: Magnesium — In what dosage? For what length of time? This and others would be more helpful if more specific.

Nancy Lapp
Re: SSRIs — They worked for me -- for a few months. Then my body chemistry seemed to adjust itself to the depressed state again, despite the pills and their side effects. Not worth the relatively short-term relief.

tosca_
Re: Overeating — Eating is the only thing that consistently minimizes my depression and anxiety.

edgeofobscurity
Re: Effexor XR — Yes, it took the depression away but I was somewhat listless. It made memory a problem. Reactions slowed down. It made me more apathetic in general.

JoannaB
Re: Loss of interest — I attribute most of my depression to my chronic daily headaches.

acc
Re: 5-hTP — I tried taking 100 mg of 5-hTP before bed (taking it during the day made me very groggy), and after about a week I started noticing some mood improvements and more of a sense of well-being.

zallers
Re: Chronic pain — That comment really stuck out to me when I was checking out my home profile here, I have felt the same exact way soo many times. Sometimes the only thing that keeps me positive when the chronic pain is the worst- are sites like CureTogether... and knowing that my scientific side/desire to solve this will eventually avail. Or I'll die trying... we have to.. for ourselves, and for the good of so many after us.

acc
Re: Lack of sleep — Night wakings for 6 years between my two kids was a significant depressive factor for me. Just started getting uninterrupted sleep this year - I can actually dream again! :)

acc
Re: Chronic pain — I often feel like my body is failing me. Chronic pain is such a life-long struggle, it can be hard to stay positive sometimes.

acc
Re: Childbirth (postpartum) — Definitely affected me, with both my children. Worse with the second one. So many factors were involved for me - lack of sleep, dropping hormone levels, new baby to care for, social isolation.

acc
Re: Genetics — Depression definitely runs in my family. I'd like to see a large-scale genetic (GWA) study on it.

acc
Re: Vitamin D deficiency — Again, please limit your comments to personal experience, rather than recommendations for others. Thanks.

acc
Re: Winter — My husband and I both experienced SAD (seasonal affective disorder) for many years - moving from Canada to California definitely helped.

acc
Re: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy — With sub-menopausal estrogen levels at age 32, and recurring depression (among other symptoms), I found my mood and other health issues MUCH improved by taking bioidentical E2/E3. Now trying to add in progesterone so I can more closely match a normal cycle. Low estrogen levels correlate with low mood/depression.

acc
Re: Magnesium — I tried a Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D effervescent powder. It did seem to help, but again I haven't done a more controlled experiment.

acc
Re: Exercise — Definitely helps me to get out for a walk, get some fresh air, move my body. Everything seems ok again for a while.

acc
Re: Journaling — Writing down everything in my head, unedited, scrawling 10 pages of random babble, often helps me. By the end I've either come to some insight, a more positive outlook, or at least feel like I've expressed myself. Even if the pages get tossed right in the garbage.

acc
Re: Fish Oil — I've had good success with this. It also seems to help me think better/have good ideas. On the expensive side for the good stuff (Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega), but definitely a help for my mood.

acc
Re: Meditation — Sometimes I lie down flat on my back outside and look up at the sky for a long while. This usually helps me connect with the outside world and feel a bit better.

acc
Re: Cognitive Behavior Therapy — Definitely helped me, it's just a matter of getting myself to go to therapy, even to reach out and find someone to talk to. Taking action is hard for me when I'm depressed, even when I know what to do to help myself.

acc
Re: Vitamin D3 — I've tried taking 2000 IU of Vitamin D, but it's so hard to tell if it worked among all the other things I tried at the same time. Haven't done a more controlled experiment.

acc
Re: Trazodone — We try to express our own experiences here and refrain from giving advice. "This worked for me" instead of "You should try this". Thanks.

acc
Re: Thoughts of suicide — When I realized I needed help was during post-partum when I tried to throw myself down the stairs. I also imagined driving down the freeway with my two small children and veering into the barrier. Fortunately these thoughts scared me enough to ask for help from my husband and my naturopath.

acc
Re: Poor body image — Yes, yet another reason to hate my body. Thank you, depression. Working to love myself outside of depression will hopefully help my overall body image and sustain me when the next bout of depression hits.

acc
Re: Hopelessness — I read once about three characteristics of depression - you feel like it's permanent, pervasive, and personal (source possibly Tony Robbins?). So it makes sense that if it seems so big and so unchangeable, hopelessness will set in too, at least for me.

acc
Re: Overeating — Eating seems to be my comfort response to stress, depression, any time when I'm out of balance.

acc
Re: Difficulty concentrating — Definitely hard to do anything, concentrate on anything, or want to do or concentrate on anything when I'm depressed.

acc
Re: Hair loss — Hair loss, hormone drop, and depression all coincided for me after both of my children were born.

acc
Re: Mood swings — My family knows I am definitely more prone to mood swings during times of depression - especially on the low end. I can easily slip into a very low state which is hard to get out of.

3dwind
Re: Mood swings — Only 12%? May be i am thinking too much ..

Magenta
Re: Excessive fatigue — this is difficult to link specifically to depression as i already have a sleep disorder and chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, and the depression itself comes on menstrually for the mosy part

Antidrugrep
Re: Stress — With apologies to Alexandra, "stress" is about as non-specific a term as it can be. You might as well substitute "trouble." Or "problems." STRESS can be psychological or physical. Or both. Most people will see this and probably assume by default that we mean psychological stress. Of COURSE stress is a cause. But the REAL question is: are you depressed, or just sad? A grieving widow is NOT suffering from a drug-deficiency disease, and is NOT an appropriate candidate for "treatment" other than support from friends and family, maybe professional counselling if she's all alone or surrounded by self-absorbed jerks. But I digress.

Antidrugrep
Re: Winter — I should have generalized this to "lack of natural light", because winter is meaningless closer to the equator and many people stay indoors, shut away from adequate light. And the root cause may, in part, be Vitamin D deficiency (see relevant category).

Antidrugrep
Re: Lack of sleep — See category "adequate sleep" under "treatment". And it's not just the quantity, but the quality, too. That being said most people seem to need 7-8 hours. Take a siesta if you have to.

Antidrugrep
Re: Cloudy weather — Sleep/wake cycles and mood/arousal are linked to adequate periodic (natural) light. Lengthy periods of overcast weather foul this up. So do the seasons, the farther away from the equator you live. Look into phototherapy. Or move.

Antidrugrep
Re: Vitamin D deficiency — See the "Vitamin D" category under "treatments." Cheap and easy to fix.

Antidrugrep
Re: Trazodone — If you're depressed AND aren't getting enough sleep, fix the sleep FIRST (see the "adequate sleep" category). If you can't by any other (non-prescription) means, trazodone may be worth a try, at least in the short-term. In low doses, it helps you sleep. At higher doses it treats mood problems like depression. Don't bother with it if you're sleeping okay (or too much).

Antidrugrep
Re: Adequate sleep — Sometimes this is all patients need to feel better. If you're depressed AND aren't getting enough sleep, sort out the sleep FIRST. Trouble falling or staying asleep? Do you take caffeine in any form (coffee, tea, cola, "energy drinks", etc), how much and how late? Is your sleep area quiet and dark? Do you wake up during the night gasping for breath? Do you snore? Maybe you have sleep apnea - talk to a health provider (NP, PA, MD/DO) about it, and GIVE DETAILS. If they start writing a prescription before asking these questions, DON'T LET THEM. You need to get this right.

Antidrugrep
Re: SSRIs — Can somebody please merge this with the "ssri works for depression" category?

Antidrugrep
Re: Talk Therapy — As a primary care doc who doesn't mind spending more than 15 minutes with patients, I find I have to wear my therapist hat sometimes. As superficially trained as I am, many of my patients still express gratitude over feeling better after visits. I feel bad because I know enough to know I'm not really good at it, and encourage them to shop around for a good therapist. As far as I'm concerned it's like dating: not everybody is gonna hit it off with the first therapist they see, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't keep looking...

Antidrugrep
Re: Fish Oil — Studies show it works. What's the downside? Fishy breath?

Antidrugrep
Re: Exercise — I'm reporting experience with patients, not myself. It can work. I'll admit this is kind of a "Catch-22": the worse your depression, the less you feel like doing ANYTHING, let alone EXERCISE. Despite my moniker, I'm not completely opposed to medications. But I think of them as rescue more than maintenance treatments, to give you a fighting chance to get better by other, less unnatural means. Like exercise - hey, shouldn't we all be doing that anyway?

Antidrugrep
Re: SSRIs — Do they really work? A review of ALL the studies submitted for FDA approval of SSRIs showed an AVERAGE of 10% advantage over placebo (sugar pills). Many of the trials showed NO benefit AT ALL. Regular moderate exercise has proven more beneficial, with NO adverse effects (okay, you might sprain an ankle).

Antidrugrep
Re: Neurofeedback — Also called EEG (brainwave) biofeedback, this is a thoroughly evidence-based treatment for mood disorders and more. Look on www.bcia.org under "Find a Practitioner" (top of the page). You won't see many MDs or DOs - DON'T let that put you off, it's often a good sign (and I'm an MD). If you want to get better without dependence on drugs, and want treatment that puts YOU in control, give this a try.

Antidrugrep
Re: Vitamin D3 — I've seen it work in many of my patients. As a primary care physician, I have been (but am no longer) astonished by how many of my patients are deficient in this basic micronutrient, even taking the RDA! And I am increasingly exasperated by how slowly these official recommendations are changing to match research evidence that has long been available. Get a 25-OH vitamin D blood test (NOT 1,25-OH vitamin D!), before and 2 months after supplementing - it should be at LEAST 40 ng/dL or 100 nmol/L. If you have lymphoma, sarcoidosis or have ever had tuberculosis, consult your physician before taking more than 2000 IU per day.

IowaGirl
Re: Medication — Medications required to treat other conditions cause a lack of sleep.

IowaGirl
Re: Medication — Medications required to treat other conditions cause a lack of sleep.

IowaGirl
Re: Lexapro — However, It also made me gain 40 lbs. Therefore I quick taking it and the weight dropped right off while on Wellbutrin.

naomi
Re: Sadness — I've dealt with this horrible disease for years and have not found total relief. My husband and I also moved across country two years ago, and I am suffering from lack of friends as well as decreased motivation to write. When feeling better, I am upbeat, optimistic and focused.

travelerrichard
Re: Exercise — Must be regular and, for me, within 140 and 160 bpm. I now exercise every day for 2 hours at ten minute intervals. The most improvement I've had through any depression treatment.

Stuart
Re: Lack of sleep — I fall asleep around 2-4am and wake up from 11-12pm. Technically enough sleep but not the most useful schedule. I get up at 7:30 to get the kids ready for school and then go back to sleep after they leave.

Stuart
Re: Effexor XR — Took the edge off the ups and downs but left me feeling pretty worthless overall. Could not quit it when I wanted to. The withdrawal effects were pretty bad (even if I just missed 1 day's dose) and made life hell for a month or so when I eventually did quit it. I would never take this drug again.

cincosays
Re: Prozac — I was on Prozac, a low dosage, for about two years. It helped immensely in leveling my mood and making me feel not-so-hopeless. I did have side effects (difficulty cimaxing being the most memorable) but overall Prozac was a good treatment for me.

trashrabbit
Re: Avoid intoxicants — Alcohol seems to dull my positive emotions for a couple of days.

Angellore
Re: Magnesium — Makes it alot easier to relax and works together with vitamin B.

Angellore
Re: Vitamin B — Tryptophan + B vitamins makes serotonin in the brain. I felt a change in a few hours. Serotonin backtracks into vitamin B if there is a vitamin B deficiancy so it is importaint. Magnesium was also good for me.

Angellore
Re: Tryptophan — Tryptophan + B vitamins makes serotonin in the brain. I felt a change in a few hours. Might take longer for some. The tryptophan i used was taken from defatted pumpkin seed flour, all natural. Magnesium was also good for me.

acc
Re: St. John's Wort — I tried St. John's Wort for postpartum depression with my second child. It took 6 weeks to take effect but I did notice a significant improvement in my symptoms, and it was safe for breastfeeding.