WishClean, I think the "you know who you are" comment was aimed at me and someone else. For my part, I just want to apologise for being rude - I was feeling pretty irrational at the time but that`s no excuse and I shouldn`t have said what I said.
Even though it`s not something that has ever helped me, I`m pleased for you that you have managed to find the cure for your own depression by addressing nutritional and vitamin deficiencies.
The only thing I would say to anyone who is currently taking anti-depressants is this. If they are not working and you are looking to try an alternative remedy for your depression, before stopping or even weaning yourself off them gradually please consult your GP, physician, psychiatrist or any other medical professional that you are currently under the care of. I`ve made the mistake of self-regulating and stopping anti-depressants off my own back in the past and without going into detail on here, the consequences were nearly very grave.
Hi Gunkke, I didn't mean you specifically because you get your points across without coming off as abrupt or rude. So don't take this personally, I never thought you were rude to me and I wasn't thinking of you in particular when I wrote this. I was just offended that someone told me I know nothing about depression and made my own struggles with depression seem INVALID. I nearly died from depression more than once, so I thought it was presumptuous to accuse me of knowing nothing about depression. I know too much about it, from both experience and from studying it from a clinical perspective. Everyone's experience of depression is different, who is one to say mine wasn't as serious as theirs? I just happen to go about treating it in practical ways that to some might seem unorthodox because they don't involve meds. I wanted to put this potential way to help depression out there if antidepressants didn't work for some (and obviously, those on antidepressants making suicidal comments are on the wrong treatment)
I tried antidepressants in the past with consequences that almost got me hospitalized and my NHS doctor took no responsibility, she just apathetically told me she couldn't help me any longer because her solution was to completely numb me to any pain or emotion. So I had to do my own research and see how and why some people are predisposed to depression or react this way to situations that need not be so overwhelming to begin with. I think depression can be overcome with practical steps if the person truly wants to be helped. This is my opinion and it's based on personal experience so take it as you will.
And for some proof on my theory, you only need to do a basic google search for depression and deficiencies to see all the results and studies. Nothing conclusive of course, but this type of research won't ever be popular with doctors working within the pharmaceutical system because then they won't be able to prescribe antidepressants so loosely (again, speaking for myself - I was offered antidepressants at the beginning of my first visit with a therapist , twice).
If anyone hasn't tried to approach their depression from the nutritional aspect, then you can't really criticize this method until you attempt it. It may not cure all your issues, but in my case supplementing with vitamin D (under doctor's supervision) helped me pull myself together when I didn't think it was possible.
Links between vitamin D and depression: http://www.webmd.com...d-to-depression
Medical study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23377209 --> concluding that "our analyses are consistent with the hypothesis that low vitamin D concentration is associated with depression, and highlight the need for randomised controlled trials of vitamin D for the prevention and treatment of depression to determine whether this association is causal." It might be a chicken or egg thing for some -- i.e. depression depletes the body of vitamin D--> low vitamin D worsens depression --> & vice versa
Edited by WishClean, 14 January 2014 - 05:43 PM.
inositol, DIM [had to stop for now, don't seem to need them anymore!], digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements, magnesium citrate.
Lifestyle & Skin Care: Low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...
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