How do you get undepressed without anti-depressants?!

Question: How do you get undepressed without anti-depressants!?
I used to be like the most cheerful person around!. and I still am around FRIENDS sometimes, but when i get home and am by myself!.!.!.i just feel like complete crap!. And even around friends sometimes I feel like that!.!.!.!.well certain friends!. Then I cry for no reason for hours on end, and I just don't feel like doing anything!.!.!.i don't eat nearly as much as I used to!. And i've been having nightmares every night for about 5 months!. !.!.!.!.and now i'm getting shingles!.!.!.i got those when my parents got divorced too!.!.!.apparently it's stress related!.

But i don't believe in anti-depressants so what other ways are there!?Www@Answer-Health@Com

I understand not wanting to take anti-depressants!. They can be hard on your body and you get horrible headaches when you forget the pills!. Like one other person said, hobbies and working out helps allot!.

It can be difficult to get up from feeling depressed and do something!. Once you start it is not that bad!. My mom tolled me once, Tell your self to snap out and get up and do something!.

If the nightmares and stress do not go away I would recommend to speak to your doctor about alternator net methods of treatment!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Do you not believe in drugs period!? I don't take anti-depressants and probably never will but I feel like if I needed them I would take them!. When you get shingles you may be prescribed Lyrica (brand name of pregabalin) as a painkiller!. Just up the dose a little (anything under 600 mg can't really hurt you) and you pretty much have an anti-depressant in case you were curious what they are like!. They also really help you get a good night's sleep!. Good luck!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

do you have a hobby!? if you do get involved in it deeply so that you don't have to associate with your parents or friends as much!. also!.!.!.make sure you don't do anything dangerous!. it could also be hormones!. every teen goes through a time of depression!. i wish the best of luck to you!. you are going to be okay!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Therapy is the only way to get better without medication!. You may try to participate in a charity or do something else that helps someone else, that sometimes helps!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

my suggestion is to see your doctor to rule out any organic/medical reasons for the loss of appetite, nightmares, etc!. seeing a therapist is helpful to work through the depression!. also, exercise is good for elevating mood!. good luck!Www@Answer-Health@Com

The only way I know of is counselling or maybe you have a friend who is good at listening and will take time to hear you out!.

You could also look up some relaxation techniques to try and exercise can help too!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Get into counseling, works for me!. I can give you a substitute to an anti-depressant!. Fish oil!. No side affects and test show a significant change in behavior!.!. Google it!.!.
I take 4 a day!. Much cheaper also!. :]Www@Answer-Health@Com

Seek some sort of counseling!. It sounds as though you need to talk things through with someone!. Explain your situation to an adult that you trust!. Do yourself a favor and do it soon!. Good luck!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

When I get depressed I go Motorcycle riding to clear my head, it always works!. I go to the park and chill, spend time with my pets and true friends!. You may consider a shrink!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

exercise!. There are body oriented therapies, that focus on increasing respiration!. Depression is a physical as well as psychological phenomena!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Find a therapist to help you try to find the source of teh increased symptoms and new ways to deal with yourself when you are feeling sadWww@Answer-Health@Com

hi mystica, they say meditation, helps,, blueWww@Answer-Health@Com

If youre in school i would suggest talking to the school counsilor!. Or find a therapist to talk to!. It sounds like you might have depression !. (loss of appitite, crying for no reason, lack of modivation) or there might be something wrong with your tyroid!. Either way i would go to a doctor just to be sure everything is ok!. If it turns out is is depression and you dont want to take anti- depressants!.!. working out is a GREAT way to feel better!. The endorphins will lift your mood and you will feel good because youre doing something healthy!. Take a walk outside on a nice day!. Watch a funny movie!. Call someone you know who always makes you happy!. !.!.!.!. listen to your favorite song (india!.arie and bob marley always put me in a good mood)Www@Answer-Health@Com

Your parents divorce affected you deeply!. Understand that it is not your fault!. You have to work through these feelings in order to become the person you once were!. Acceptance will bring you there!. You make life what it is!. It is up to you how much value you put on life!. Change your surroundings, get a small lap dog, look at people who are less fortunate then you and maybe you will see things are not that bad!. People get divorced because of not wanting to work things out anymore!. Marriage is really hard to keep together if the two people have different views or become selfish in their own needs!. That does not make it your fault!. Try going to church!. God grants us things we need, not what we want, but he can comfort you without judging you in any way!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Try experimenting!. Get into different things like hobbies and new friends!. If you notice that some friends are being dick faces, dump them for a while and see if they change!. It will be hard but it will pay off!. You also might need to just find something to do with your time!. Your mind could be wanting to find something else to concentrate on!. Try getting better at painting, drawing, writing, or something creative like that!. You could take a class at a university like auto, wood, or metal shop!. Those would easily take your mind off your feelings, and onto the new exciting work!. A job might help too!.
Also try to avoid situations that would hurt, like some places in high school!. In my old school, I hated the people there because they judged me before they even knew me!. I would eat in a dark, quiet classroom everyday, and would occupy my time with artistic things!. It sounds lonely, but it was actually the exact kind of escape that I needed (not that you need to do this)!. Just try to find what DOEs make you happy, and do more of it!.

PS: That Shan guy copied that from a med site!. I found it 3 minutes ago >!.>Www@Answer-Health@Com

With depression, there is a choice of possible treatment types which needs to be made, and you can decide to use either allopathy, (modern Western medicine) with its reliance on antidepressants and therapy, or alternative treatments, which I advise trying first!. This is because antidepressants are known to increase the rates of suicide, homicide, and aberrent behavio(u)r, particularly with young people, and often have unwanted side effects, such as sexual dysfunction, and/or weight gain!.

Tests have shown that apart from clinical (major) depression, their results were not significantly superior to those taking a placebo (inert, or "sugar pill")!. Antidepressants retain a degree of long term effectiveness for only around 30% of people!. There is a saying in the mental health field: "If the only tool you have in your kit is a hammer, you tend to treat everything as a nail"!. So it goes with doctors, and their prescription pads: handy, quick, and convenient, when trying to manage their large list of patients, and often allocating only several minutes to each!.

Most of them are only trained to provide antidepressants and referrals for therapy, with those whose depression is resistant to those treatments being advised to have ElectroConvulsive Therapy, (ECT) with its risk of permanent, partial memory loss!. Therapy, while often effective at first, becomes "same old, same old" after a while, for many people!.

I suggest: (1!.) Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily, (certified free of mercury) with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or grapefruit, or their freshly squeezed juice!. If vitamin E is used, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it!. (2!.) Work up slowly to 30 - 60 minutes of exercise, daily!. (3!.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain)!. (4!.) Use daily, one of the relaxation methods in sections 2, 2!.c, 2!.i, or 11, and/or yoga, Tai Chi, and/or the EFT, in sections 2!.q, 2!.o, and section 53, at http://www!.ezy-build!.net!.nz/~shaneris whichever works best for you!. (5!.) Initially, at least, some form of counselling, preferably either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy!. (6!.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St!. John's wort, or a supplement, such as SAMe, taken with a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin, or Inositol (from vitamin and health food stores, some supermarkets, or mail order: view section 55)!.

Start a mood chart/thought record, and record all negative thoughts!. Whenever you notice a negative thought, record the mood (disappointment, sadness, frustration, hopelessness, anger, etc!.) and rate it, from 1; the lowest, to 100; the strongest you have ever felt!. Have 3 columns, and in one, write down the thought!. For example: Mood: Lonely: 90/100!. Thought: "I feel like I will be alone for the rest of my life"!. Then, although this can be painful, it is very important; record every piece of evidence in support of this: "I am alone right now!. I have been for some time!. There is nothing to prove this won't continue"!. In the last column, write down all the evidence refuting this: "I used to be fairly sociable, and enjoyed being with friends!. Change is inevitable in life, and nobody can state the way things will be in the future, for sure"!. "Most people recover from depression, in time, and I rarely felt lonely, until becoming depressed"!. Then read again what you have written!. Give it a moment, to let it sink in, and rate that mood again, possibly putting it in brackets, and/or in a different color, but try to stick to a standard practice, for greater ease of review, later!. Example: Mood: Lonely: [70/100]!.

If the amount of daylight you have been exposed to recently has reduced, perhaps due to the change of seasons, see Seasonal Affective Disorder (S!.A!.D!.) in section 2, at http://www!.ezy-build!.net!.nz/~shaneris and, instead of taking around 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily; replace 2 of them with cod liver oil supplements for the winter months only! (or, as probably a better alternative to the 2 cod liver oil supplements: 1 teaspoonful of cod liver oil, with a little butter, to ensure its use; I take mine on sourdough rye bread, or toast, covered with fishpaste, and pepper, to mask the strong taste)!. Optimal levels are 50 - 55 ng/ml (115 - 125 nmol / L)!. It should be above 32 ng/ml!.

Don't use medications and supplements together, without medical advice, except for Omega 3, which is safe, anytime!. Take enough supplements to attain, or exceed the levels (no possibility of overdose) of those every day, with an orange, or the juice of a freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit, or other antioxidant!.
(make sure the epa is higher then the dha) important for adults!.!.!. kids need the opposite levels: more dha than epa, but all are beneficial, if you can't achieve the recommended proportions!.

Consider having your doctor test your vitamin D levels, (60% of depressed people have low vitamin D levels!) using the 25 Hydroxyvitamin D test!. Those people who receive adequate exposure to sunlight, daily, won't need the vitamin D from cod liver oil, but many people, particularly those in latitudes far from the equator, find this difficult to achieve!.

If the above is insufficient for you, after several months, (unlikely) try one of the alternatives, such as the neurofeedback, magnetic, or low current electrical stimulation, or EMDR therapy, (see section 33, at ezy build) keeping ECT back, as a last resort!. Read: "Lift your mood now!." by John D Preston, Psy!.D!. 2001, New Harbinger Publications, Inc!., 5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland!. CA 94609 http://www!.amazon!.com/ may be worth trying for this!. I have read many books on depression, but if there is a better, more easily read, and quickly implementable one, I have yet to encounter it!. ~~~ My standard post follows, but learn to identify, and confront your fears: a fear confronted is a fear reduced!. If you don't know what they are, write down 3 times, before going to sleep: "Tonight, in my dreams, I want to remember seeing what my fear is, when I get up", and put it under your pillow!. Then say it aloud 3 times, after lights out!. It is important to summon as much desire as you are capable of, to more effectively communicate this to your subconscious mind!. If this works, it should produce a response within 2 weeks; if not, you may not be remembering, so set an alarm to go off after, first, 3 hrs; next night 4; next night 5: have a pen & paper handy, and WRITE DOWN THOSE DREAMS!!! or, chances are, you will forget!. Remember, the response may be metaphorical (figurative), rather than literal!.

There is a section on dream interpretation, here in Y!A, and view section 3 on dream interpretation, at ezy build (feel free to email me by clicking on my profile, but I am a lot better with interpreting dreams of males, than females) if you have any difficulty, but the idea is to, immediately after waking & writing down, question the characters inhabiting that dream, and note any thoughts, images, impressions, or emotions which result!. Then use the confrontation method, in section 3, on recurring nightmares, at ezy-build!. Take up a course in Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, or Tang Soo Do, etc!., as much for the mental techniques you will learn, as the ability to face physical fear, which may well have a carry over effect in the dream state, at night, influencing your subconscious mind, and enabling you to tackle them head on (Some people can defeat them: it can help to call on friends, or others: "dream allies" to come to your assistance!. I am still unable to, as yet, but I realise that all those figures are part of me: one thing you can do is just keep fighting: persevere, and resist)!. I also suggest that you try the technique of dream re-entry, and, just after lights out, visualise yourself, as vividly as possible, confronting your attacker: demanding to know why you are being attacked, and demonstrating that you are prepared to defend yourself, if they don't go away and stop bothering you!. It is important to want this with as much desire as you can muster, to better convey the message to your subconscious mind!. Include this on the piece of paper you put under your pillow!. Many people report reduced anxiety levels, after taking up yoga, and t'ai chi probably has similar benefits!. More on these in the first 3 pages of section 2!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

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