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Nancy,

Thanks for the support. Unfortunately it hasn't mattered what medications I try, they all end up with the same result. Just yesterday I also found out that I can no longer see my therapist. I'm on my father's medical plan and he changed it to include a large family deductible making my therapist completely unaffordable for me now. So now I have to go try out the community mental health center and start all over with a new therapist. I've hopped around to different therapists for years, and this therapist was the first one I felt truly comfortable with. Losing her support is really affecting me.

I'm open to alternative treatments, but this is my last semester of college and I'm currently a very broke college student. I turn 23 next month and lose my health insurance, and I doubt I'll be able to afford to get my own, at least until I'm able to find a better job post-graduation. The work I do now is odds and ends for my in-laws, so I don't exactly have employee benefits either. I feel like, outside of lifestyle changes, my options are limited.

--I was asked to remove this part of the entry, but I still need your support on the issue. If you feel you have some way to help me, please send me a private message.--

I think I will check in on some other threads. I hope to keep you all posted. I just hope I can reconcile all this other stuff so I can keep posting. Thanks again.

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emoticon SWEETNIGHTSHADE,

I am glad you are sharing and asking for suggestions to help you along. I can understand your reluctance to take medication due to your past experiences with them. I do hope you are receiving continued support from a medical professional or at the very least a trained therapist. It might be worth your while to talk to your doctor about the new medications that have come along.

Many therapies have emerged that are beneficial such as EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques, also I know some that have tried acupuncture. The best combination for treatment success continues to be a combination of talk therapy and medication where needed when lifestyle changes don't improve symptoms.

Hopefully you are utilizing the tools at spark to better nutrtion, fitness, and motivation as these can help.

Regarding your concern about family not supporting your sharing on an online message board. I can appreciate their concern, as we all know what kind of people may lurk on these sites to take advantage of people. While Spark takes every measure to protect and create a safe environment for all - it is hard to catch every instance. Do your family have to know what you are doing on Spark?

Please keep us posted on how you are doing. We care emoticon and keep sharing. If you haven't checked out the daily check-in thread you may want to take a peek, there are some great supportive people on that thread that post frequently and you may get more feed-back.

Have a great day.

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I totally agree, and when I feel supported everything else feels more manageable. I have one very close friend I can lean on, but other than that, it's mostly the support of SparkPeople and BodyBuilding.com. --I was asked to remove this part of the entry, but I still need your support on the issue. If you feel you have some way to help me, please send me a private message.--

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I think the best non-medical alternative I use is having a good support system. For me it's critical to stay connected with people who have productive and optimistic lives without excess drama. It's good for me to have a reality check from people I respect and admire.

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3/11/10 12:13 A

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I can't take any anti-depressants/anti-psychotics period because they all give me tardive dyskinesia which is disruptive, severe, and permanent if left to continue too long. So I'm left to treat myself without meds.

I've been using the Depression Cure regimen: fish oils, vitamin D, vitamin C, rosehips, healthy food, and lots of exercise. I'm struggling with the part about getting a lot of sunlight because I burn super easy (I get burnt just driving in my car!), but I'm trying. The whole thing really does make a big difference in my mood, but with all the constant stressors at home, I'm still having a hard time. Does anyone have any other non-medical suggestions for me? It's greatly appreciated.

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emoticon CATERINA0,

I noticed this was your first post, so I wanted to take this opportunity to say emoticon to Dealing With Depression. Also I would suggest when you have a minute you set up a spark page so we and others can better communicate with you.

Thank you for sharing. I am wondering if you have discussed your concerns with your doctor regarding Zoloft? It is always recommeded that you discuss and add/change any type of medication (even if it be a vitamin) with your docyor, unsupervised taking of any med can have physical ramminfications and sometimes be just a waste of money.

As you can tell by reading the majority of responses - all have talked with a qualified professional. Perhaps start by getting a complete set of bloodwork done.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing - We look forward to sharing more with you.

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My doc checked my vitamin D levels and they were fine, surprisingly. I think it's because I take a calcium/vitamin D supplement regularly. I've switched from prozac to zoloft to see if a different set of side-effects may be more acceptable. While I was off the prozac, I started really slipping down into the hole. I'm also taking b-complex, a good multi-vitamin and vitex (chasteberry). The vitex is because one of the potential side-effects of zoloft (or any ssri) is excess prolactin, and vitex can help regulate that. Hopefully.

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Hello, How much vitamin D do you take? I want to get off of zoloft b/c it makes me feel like I am in an elevated state and it is hard to focus. I was orig. Prescribed 50 mg and have been all the way up to 100mg and now I have slowly reduced to 25 mg. The side effects are terrible, but it does help me get out of bed in the morning. I currently take 1800 mg a day and am taking fish oil too, which I know is known to help.
Thank you in advance...

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Hi everyone,

I have been told by my doctor to take Vitamin d and fish oil. He also recommended sam e which could not only help with my depression but also with my joint pain. Has anyone had any experiences with it.

I find that exercising is also very helpful.

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My best alternative for me has been exercise. I feel like it always me to work out frustration and increases my self-esteem that I can complete an entire work.



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My doctors had me on a vitamin D supplement for about a year now. I don't live in the northeast, but I work nights so I don't get enough vitamin d. When the doctor first had my blood taken I was at the lowest level of D. My levels are up now. The one good thing I have learned is that it helps with a cold. I usually take 2 5,000IU capsules, but when I feel a cold coming on I double it to 4 capsules and the cold is gone in a couple of days usually without the help of other medicine. Eventually my doctor is wanting me to get off the anti depressants with the help of vitamin D. We'll see how that goes. This long cold winter is not helping my depression level any. A quick 4 day weekend in Florida did nothing to help coming back to cold St Louis. If anybody is interested, I can let you know what the brand vitamin I take is. I'm a definite believer now

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I found exercising, St Johns wort & herbal teas great. Take a bath chill out and relax. emoticon

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Prozac did the same to me too!

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I agree! I try and exercise most days of the week. It helps your hormones be happy.

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After trying about every prescription med for several years, I am completing a round of ect treatments. With great success I might add! No more anti-depressants, I'm sure my liver is thankful. I'm curious to know if anyone else has had success with this form of therapy? If so please post on my sparkpage. I was unaware of this option until just last month, like most people I was uneducated and under some false impressions about it. I think it has quite literally saved my life!

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I also heard that about fish oil and vitamin D too. Recently read something about most people in the north east needing a vitamin D supplement because our bodies don't make enough during the winter due to a lack of sun exposure... I have lots of patients who are found to be deficient in vitamin D and are put on supplements by their doctors (and I am in Buffalo)...

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I take some medications for my depression, but I also take two non-meds as well. When living in Boston I saw Dr. Stoll who had studied omegas and depression and bi-polar disorder. He recommended taking 6 of either OmegaBrite or TraderJoes FishOil per day, so I do the TraderJoes since they are less expensive. Now we live in California, and I saw another neurologist who recommended high doses of vitamin D since, though I already took a supplement, my levels were low and there have been some correlations between low D levels and severe depressions. I also take a high dose prescription of vitamin D. I also agree that all medications whether prescription drug or holistic or supplemental should come from reputable sources who take the time to explain and monitor your care. I come from a medical background so I seek out neurologists for care more than other experts. I like there to be biological and chemical explanations for what I am doing.
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I have found regular exercise to be the best antidepressant of all...

In all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall make your path straight ~Proverbs

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This topic is really encouraging. I have to go off my meds for at least a year in order to join the Navy, and it's nice knowing that other people are making it without them, too. Having that goal (joining the Navy) really helps me a lot and keeps me focused. Exercise, too, as it's been said many a time before, is helping a great deal. I'm not sure what their regulations are concerning supplements like St. John's Wort, but after suffering side effects from 5HTP in the past, I'd rather stay away from them anyway. Good luck and God bless, everyone!

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I have a Doctor of Osteopathy, which the believe in total body relationship.

She has placed me on a high dose of Folic Acid.

As for overall health I've been on Omega-3-6-9 and Vitamin D.

I'm also a big fan of vigorous exercise.

I'm also determined that EVERY WEEKEND to have a LAUGH OUT LOUD weekend, either with friends or watching a very funny movie.


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Hi everyone, I'm kind of new to sparkpeople and am still navigating my way around. After reading some of the posts on this thread, I would like to add two cents' worth on alternative therapies of any kind: they need to be evaluated by a professional no matter what. Self-medicating is always dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. How many of you get a scrip for something and never bother to read the literature that comes with it? If you don't do that for a controlled, prescribed substance, are you really going to do that for an uncontrolled, over-the-counter so-called natural substance? Probably not.
Herbals are very beneficial. I am a believer in holistic, homeopathic, natural living. However, I don't ever think that what goes into my mouth or onto my skin is harmless. All substances have potential to harm.
There was an amazing magazine some years ago called HerbalGram, and I believe you can still subscribe online but am not sure. Anyway, it's a research periodical from the American Botanical Council and chock-full of information about herbals for medicinal applications. I look stuff up here because I am not going to be bombarded by ads for this herbal or that one, nor are there testimonials for brands of things or even herbals themselves. This is strictly an information source, nothing else. I highly recommend this site for anyone thinking about self-medicating. It's always better to see a naturopath or holistic practitioner, but sometimes you get a quack. My deal is, if they try to sell me something that they carry in their office, I leave.
Some folks posted that taking vitamins daily helps with depression and I do agree. The challenge of course is to keep it up. I also find that taking a magnesium supplement is also helpful and encourages a restful sleep at night. Eating fruit every day is a personal aid to staving off depression thoughts.
My main challenge is to maintain mental equilibrium at work. I can feel every part of my body tensing up whenever I go in to work, and that makes me exhausted by the end of my shift so that I'm pretty useless once I get home. Living in a messy house is depressing as well, yet I just can't gather the energies needed to straighten or clean up. It's a vicious circle and I know there are a lot of you nodding your heads and saying uh-huh, I know where you are right now!
Lend me strength to get through the next ten hours.
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I tried 5-HTP years ago and I didn't feel a difference. But that's just me -- hope you find what may help and, yes, talk to your doctor FIRST before mixing any supplement with any prescriptions that you may be on.

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emoticon Shelley,

I have never used 5-HTP, but here is a link to WEBMD with more information for you www.webmd.com/vitamins-
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here is another I found interesting
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Hope this helps.

As with taking any medications - please talk with your doctor about taking it.

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First I want to apologize if this topic has already been discussed but there were 8 pages to look through and i didn't have the time.. I was wondering if anyone has taken or know anyone who has taken 5-HTP? Has it worked for anyone, what dosage do you take? How about side effects?

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The Feeling Good Handbook, David Burns, is an updated version, and has writing exercises that are very helpful. I'm working with it.


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Thanks so much. I don't think there are any groups where I live, since I live in the middle of nowhere, but I looked up the book Feeling Good on amazon and I think I'll order that so read more about it, and hopefully get some good pointers!! Thanks guys, you are very helpful.

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I got into CBT through my doctor. All of the session were in a group setting at the hospital education building. At first I was intimidated about going to something like this with a group. I do have some social anxiety so this was already a stressor for me. However, I found it very rewarding. You learn so much from other people and especially being with a group of about 10 other people that are dealing with the exact same or even worse feelings and traumas that you are, it is really reasuring that you are not in this alone.

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Most people and therapists use some modality of this thechnique as it is included with talk therapy, rational-emotive therapy and multi-mixed model. Here is a link if you want to learn more. I have a few (LOL-more like a lot of books in this area and I am sure other members will pipe up if you make a post about what self help books have helped.
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Thanks for the update!! CBT sounds very interesting. Is it something you generally go see someone for, or I saw further down that some get good results from books?

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emoticon SWMNGIRL and emoticon ,

No question is ever stupid. What you are thinking or wanting to ask chabces are someone else wants to know.
CBT is short for cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is a form of therapy that helps people become aware of thought distortions which are disrupting our life and behaviors that reinforce this thinking.

Anyone using this therapy typically believes that by changing our thoughts or way of thinking we can then change our behavior and vice versa.

Hope this helps. Any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

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Hi everyone, I'm kind of new here. This may sound stupid, but can someone explain to me what CBT is? I've never heard of it. Thanks!

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emoticon Shannon,

I don't know if you introduced yourself before so emoticon , in case I missed it.

emoticon for sharing - very powerful and inspirational. It certainly shows that if we put the effort into becoming well it is possible. I am also on effexor and it works wonders for me.

Look forward to hearing more from you. I tried to go to your spark page and give you a goodie, but it was set to private.

We are here for each other, so don't be a stranger.

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Hi. I am Shannon and I have been dealing with depression, anxiety and panic attacks for years but was diagnosed three years ago after I had a panic attack and couldn't get on an airplane. Since then I have tried a few meds and have settled in well on effexor. The weight gain has been my issue but I would like to reflect on the success that I had with CBT.
I couldn't,and still can't, believe the difference it made after I attended two different sessions. The first was a 10 week program, once a week for three hours. It was dealing with anxiety and panic. Then I did one dealing with depression and it was 7 weeks, twice a week, three hours each. It was really intense. But it really made me recognize the things that I need to change and how to break everything down into small steps.
My new motto is, "Small steps to change. You can't instantly run a marathon, you have to take small steps and train first"
I feel it is effective for anyone with any kind of depression and at any age.

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This is a great thread. I like to echo about CBT--with my depression and anxiety (OCD), learning how to cope and knowing that I can effect some outcomes of my mental state (although I do still take medication, but have moved to a low dose). I like the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Exercise DOES help, so much, if I can make myself do it ;)! When I was in therapy for the first time in my early 20s, that was a key point the therapist told me. I tend to analyze and think a lot, and getting physical helps me.

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I went to this awesome pharmacist that thought a lot of my problems were inflammation related--such as depression, headaches, constant sinus infections and had me get some idodine pills and like topical estrogen ( I think thats what it was). The iodine was awesome--totally killed my appatite but I hated taking like 10 pills a day.
St. John's wart can interfere if taken with any antidepressants or birth control--so be careful. Great post though.

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NANCYLEE46, CPCONE, and LOSINGITB430, thanks for your replies.

I have been in therapy off and on for years. The most help I've gotten though has been from self-help. I worked through the Feeling Good handbook. I also worked through a program called "12 Steps to High Self Esteem" which sounds goofy, but was actually quite helpful and incorporated a lot of the CBT fundamentals. My therapist recommended a book on mindfulness also which I have not yet worked through, but it looks interesting and came with a CD of mindfulness meditations. My pdoc agrees that I'm currently "in remission." My biggest problem is that I am terrified of relapse. I remember the black dog and I don't want to go there any more.



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emoticon MILLEE42 and emoticon ,

I am glad you got to introduce yourself. It sounds like you are pretty current with your knowledge of depression. I see by reading your spark page you have overcome many obstacles to get to this point.

Are you seeing a therapist that would be able to help you work through making some of these decisions? You have been given good suggestions by CPCONE and LOSINGITB430. We share our personal experiences and do not substitute for professionals. Have you discussed this with your P-Doc? Hopefully you are off the Prozac with his knowledge. Many of us need to take medication to control symptoms, they are a life-saver for us. There is nothing wrong in this.

I suggest not to overwhelm yourself with making lots of changes at one time. Get used to eating healthier and you may find you cut out or at least minimize the other areas you want to cut out.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing. You don't have to go this alone!!

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MILLEE42 - I am pregnant, in my 9th month matter of fact. Coffee is OK as long as it is ONE cup if you want more than that, mix equal amounts decaf and caf, and you can have 2 12 oz. cups. Exercise and diet, along with getting your water and having a place where you can vent all help with being able to be off he drugs. I also was on Prozac and Celexa. Prozac actually made me suicidale, Cembalta made me a zombie. Celexa, now that scared my husband to death.

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one thing that I have found that improves my mental outlook and helps me eat better is regular exercise. I would have never thought it, but for me, it works. I have been on many medications and either could not tolerate the side effects or they would just not work even on high doses. Also, do you see a counselor? I've found that that also helps me... been off of medications except for an as needed Xanax that I take maybe once every other week... hope this is helpful

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Hello all, This is my first week on Spark. I struggle with severe depressive episodes and have most of my life. I was on Wellbutrin (made me anxious), Celexa (messed with my appetite and took away my sex drive), and prozac (worked better than the Celexa, but still messed with my appetite and took away my sex drive).

I went off the prozac because my partner and I are trying to have a baby and I want to reduce the risks. I switched to St. John's Wort, which probably also has some risks, but at least it's been around for centuries rather than prozac which has only been around for decades. I also take a hefty prenatal vitamin with iron because I tend to have iron deficiency anemia (along with everything else).

I want to eliminate excess sugar from my diet and also stop caffeine. I have not made those commitments yet because I so love my morning coffee emoticon . Other things I probably would benefit from are reducing gluten and dairy products. That seems to have helped a lot of people, including my niece, but again I haven't made that commitment because those are things I really love! I could use some advice on how to approach this, as I am pretty much at a loss.

Right now, I'm treading on thin ice and just about ready to give up and go back on the prozac. Yesterday was so bad I didn't get out of bed until 1:30pm.

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Hi Nancy, Yes that was my first post! Just getting started with Spark. I bought the book the other day, that's how I found this website. I've been seeing counselors and docs for many many years regarding my depression, dysthymic disorder (chronic long-lasting depression), and general anxiety issues and have done different meds over the years along with counseling. I always find counseling to be the best help. I wanted to share the multivitamin concept with everyone just in case it could help someone else. It is certainly inexpensive and simple to do--I just need to remind myself to take it EVERY DAY!

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emoticon SOUTHMS to Dealing With Depression and The Healthy Living Forum,

I noticed this was your first post and I wanted to thank you for sharing. If you set up a spark page we can better support and communicate with you. Also it will enable you to take full advantage of the Spark Program.

I am wondering if you were ever officially diagnosed with low level depression or what sometimes could be called situational depression? It is always important to be followed by the proper medical people for any condition as depression could be the result of a medical condition. This could be why multi-vitamins helped you and I am glad for you.

Please know we are here for you and look forward to you sharing more.

Nancy

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I have suffered from low-level depression for many years. In Jan 08 I began taking a multivitamin (Women's One a Day) and within a few weeks I realized I didn't have that cloud of depression hanging over my head. I didn't immediately associate the fact that taking a daily multivitamin may be lessening my depression because actually I couldn't get my head around the fact that I had spent years feeling so bad when there was such an easy fix. I stopped taking the vitamin in Jan 09 and within a month or so I started feeling depressed again. I'm still not 100% convinced that it's the vitamin but for 2010 I am committed to taking a multivitamin EVERY DAY just in case!!!

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Thank you.
All the best to you and yours in this new year.

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congradulations on the baby, and happy new year to you in your new life!!!!

The weather is a huge factor in my depression, when it is cold all I want to do is stay in bed, and since I am on unemployment right now, I don't really have a time to wake up. Since I have problems sleeping anyway whatever sleep I do get is ok.
Recently I have found that if I work out on the treadmill in the evening and do some yoga afterwards I take melatonin before I go to bed an hour or so after I work out, I am sleeping deeper and a little longer. When I don't get enough rest or too much rest I get very down and depressed like an elephant is sitting on me. Winters are the worst, but I am noticing that it is not so bad this year as it has been in the past years. Happy New Year.

NAMASTE --The divine in me honors and respects the divine in you.

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Hey all, just wanted to step in and wish everyone a HAppy New Year and to update. Baby is DUE in 23 days!

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Middleagebroad - I totally agree with you. I started to get really down and could hardly bring myself to get up in the morning let alone exercise! I was soooo tired all of the time and couldn't really function.

Then I went to the doctor and he did some blood work and put me on Iron tablets. After a couple of weeks my iron stores started to recover. I have not felt this good in ages!

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Exercising, multivitamins, and do-it-yourself cognitive behavioral therapy have helped me a ton.

I try to do some cardio every day, and do my best to fit some strength training in too. The cardio gives me energy, helps me feel effective and accomplished. The strength training does too, and I'm always surprised to see muscle, and it makes me happy and proud of myself too.

I take the Vitamin World Green Source multivitamins (http://www.vitaminworld.com/pages/file.as
p?PID=260&CID=39&CPID=102). I'm a vegetarian, so I don't get much B12 or Omegas without supplements, and I started out taking only B12 and Omega 3 supplements. They alone made a world of a difference, and the whole food supplement helps even more.

As for the CBT, I read Feeling Good by David Burns (http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-Therap
y-Revised-Updated/dp/0380810336) every now and then to make sure I'm doing the right things to avoid getting into negative thinking traps. I read this book in September, and I don't think my depression will ever be as bad as it was before I read it. It really is a life changer.

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for me... IRON!

Finally went in for a general physical, including blood work, doc suggested supplemental Iron. Now, to understand my story, you ned to know that 5 years ago I was severely anemic, and that's when the depression started for me. I'd had some girl issues, and everyone blamed "hormones"... I took Iron (and Lexapro) at the time, and "got better" but never back to normal & happy, and weaned off both... I had some bad stuff in my life, blamed my mood on that, and "adjusted to the new norm" -- but I have litterally thought of shooting myself at least 3 times each week for the past 5 years.

Exercise, and therapy didn't work for me -- just made me feel worse -- and that got me even more depressed, cause I felt like a failure even at that. -- but -- Duh-- low iron means exercise just beats you down... and your brain doesn't get enough oxygen.

FINALLY, after 5 years, I FEEL GOOD! I mean REALLY GOOD... not just "less bad than yesterday." I started taking the Iron 12/8... and I finally had a good nights sleep, and woke up a new woman... I have been sleeping well, and felt wonderfull every day for the past 2 weeks... so that's long enough for me to call it a real result.

So, 2 lessons here:

1) Don't neglect your routine checkups... something basic might be bringing you down. and:

2) IRON ROCKS!

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas,

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Pam, You are so spot on to warning all about side effects and drug interactions! I took SJW and had severe abdominal pain. It really bound me up. Known side effect. emoticon


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