Dealing with Depression Naturally: Q&A
SEEKING NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DEPRESSION
02/02/2013: Sam from Australia: "Can someone help me with a friend of mine who suffers bad depression. She has had a breakdown in the past and is in a real bad place at the moment. She has tried to commit suicide in the past a few times. At the moment she is feeling the same, can't get out of bed in the morning, has constant negative thoughts and feels worthless. Doctors won't give her any medication so is not taking anything.
can someone suggest some natural remedy. she can't afford much at the moment but maybe there is something that can be of help to her."
02/02/2013: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Continous sorrow is the cause of depression. The best way to tackle the depression is to accept what is causing it. It can be anything, usually an important event and altering event in the life, being ignored, deprived, cheated, breakdown.
Exercise can reduce the stress and depression. Spend time in what you are interested. Change is constant. Everything will change with this belief one should pass on. Visiting Worship place regularly can relieve depression a lot. She can take ashwagandha with milk every night that will keep her calm.
02/02/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "bless her.. I remember what that feels like - she needs to take b vitamins - b50 or b 100 at least once a day - get out in the sunshine, take cod liver oil - write down 5 things she loves to do and try to do a few of them every week - listen to music, watch kids play - try and plan things for the future near and far so she has things to look forward to. Get her some spiritual healing - try and find a few things to be thankful for and write them down in a gratitude diary. Try and go out for a walk or swim every day. Eat good food.. Good luck"
02/02/2013: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "I second Anon's point. Go in Sunshine. Staying inside the room deprives you from Vitamin D and natural sunlight. This causes more fatigue, irritablity, depression, boredom it will be a continous reaction which you have to avoid.
Sunlight the source of Life. in fact sunlight improves your health condition promoting variety of reactions in the body that are essential to health."
NEGATIVE THOUGHTS IN THE MORNING
12/09/2012: Linda from St Amans De Pellagal, France: "My sleeping patterns have become very peculiar - I wake very early (anything from 4 - 6.30) when I was always very happy to wake at 8.30 (I'm retired) and always needed 8-9 hours sleep a night. I wake every morning with all the most deepest darkest horrible negative thoughts (you're useless, you're stupid, what the hell were you thinking - and so on).
Once I get up and ease myself into my day (takes a while) normalcy kicks in and I feel a lot better about myself. But it's a fight between staying in my warm comfy bed and getting up at some crazy hour in the dark. How the hell do I deal with this?"
12/10/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "What are your medications? How much is the ELECTROMAGNETIC POLLUTION in your house? Do some exercise in the evening, that can reduce your negative thoughts and give you good sleep."
12/19/2012: Lee from Maryville, Tn. Usa replies: "I too have had negative feelings starting at 3 am every morning ever since I started going through menopause. I used to sleep like a log, but when I started becoming menopausal, I could no longer get a decent nights sleep. Now I am post-menopausal by many years, but still have the disturbing thoughts and poor sleep. I don't have a clue what causes these thoughts---really strange as I have always been a natural optimist. I actually can get some relief by thanking God for all the wonderful things he has done for me. I just talk to him , praise Him, and thank Him for every wonderful thing I can think of. Since this started with menopause, I really think it is a hormonal imbalance of some sort. My neighbor thinks it is my blood sugar dropping during the night, as she is diabetic and feels that way when her blood sugar drops too low. She said to try keeping some honey in some water by the bed and drink it when that happens----will try that soon. I may just put the honey by the bed and take a tsp. when I get up to use the bathroom----which I do every night at 3am. Anyway, sorry I am not much help----just wanted you to know that you are not the only one having these awful thoughts and sleep disturbances during the night."
TED OFFERS DEPRESSION TREATMENT
08/25/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: "Should i be giving him saint john's wort? Some htp5 for depression? could be the sleeping means depression also. since he lost his friends and his activities could be a possibility also that he is a bit depressed."
08/26/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Saint John's Wort is fine, it is also antiviral and depression at the same time time. 5HTP may help some. It is more for correcting his biochemical imbalance rather then friends now. If he is a bit depressed, take omega 3, salmon fish oil 3 times a day, 1000 mg for a week, then reduce to 1 a day and then every other day. His zinc status is also low, so 25 mg for just 5 days, then thereafter once a week. His depression should be manageable. It appears that drugs lower his immune system making it vulnerable to virus, and it is virus that's causing him problems. It is actually more common than people suspected. Narcissus oils also helps depression too, and B3 niacinamide.
It's likely to be low energy from studies of depressed people SPECT scan. St. John's Wort is antiviral and that may help the depression too, but we know it as an anti-depressant. Most people can handle well losing friends, to better be able to cope, try vitamin E 400 i.u., vitamin C ascorbic acid, amino acid supplements, and zinc acetate (it's antiviral) 15 mg twice a day, taken over 1 month. Metabolism can be low if not enough CoQ10, so 400 mg should also resolve it. All depressed people have presence of virus, and with lysine as the major remedy, 1000 mg x 4, this usually helps. I have no problems in Bangkok dealing with these people, I do have problems of people who are not willing to take supplements in the first place, even for one day!
SEVERE DEPRESSION AFTER TRYING TO QUIT SMOKING
05/14/2008: Katelyn from Pike County, Kentucky: "Hello everyone. I am a country girl who lives on biscuits and gravy, beans and potatoes,LOL.I smoke about half a pack a day and drink way to much cola!!! I am only 38 yrs old but am feeling 60. NO WONDER-with my diet and lifestyle.My question is this-I want to quit smoking, but get very depressed every time I try-I mean severly-to the point I just want to DIE. I have been reading all these wonderful remedies on acv-cayenne-evco,etc. I know I neesd to change my lifestyle if I am ever going to feel any better, I just don't know where to start. Can anyone give me any suggestions? I don't want to bombard my system too much too soon so please send any feedback. Thanks so much for your time."
02/13/2013: Kal from Paris, France replies: "Hi, may be you need vitamin b3 niacin or nicotinamide... Too strong links between niacin and tryptophan and serotonin, look at wiki."
02/14/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi, Apparently smokers have more b3 than everyone else due to the nicotine so you are correct in advising taking b3."
05/18/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn. replies: "Hi there Severely Depressed, That half pack of cigarettes per day is probably doing you less damage than your "way too many colas" are. Any colas at all are not good for your kidneys, and if they are diet drinks that makes it even worse, as aspartame is also known for causing depression. Start eating to give your body what it needs to function and your depression will probably clear up. The beans, potatoes, biscuit & gravy doesn't sound too bad, if they are cooked from scratch. You might also throw in a magnesium supplement since most of us are deficient in this mineral and it is an important one. Until you are feeling much better, I also suggest a good multivitamin mineral supplement once a day, and a good Stress Tab (B complex with Vitamins C & E) at meal time and bedtime. You can slow down to less per day after you have found your way out of depression. Also if you happen to be on an antidepressant drug, it is likely to be full of fluoride which is not good news."