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Natural ways to fight depression?

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 Ok, it has been a week and I am really struggling. DH still has a week at school, and if the kids were not here with me I would not get out of bed. I have no desire to do anything. I hate feeling this way. I have had PPD in the past(with DD, 7 years ago), and took medication for it, but reacted really badly to it. It made the depression worse, to the point where I needed to be hospitalized. I don't want to go that route again if I can avoid it. What are some natural ways to deal with depression? Are there herbal suppliments that help on the bad days?

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

set small goals- instaed of thinking of everything you have to do that day think of one little thing you could do and do it and repeat

by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

diet, exercise and plenty of sleep(yeah i know easier said the done with little ones

instead of trying to exercise for liek an hout at a time try to get in as many little work out sessions as you can(again with the small reasonable goals)

by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

do something new...depression is caused by ruts. go do something fun you havent doen befoe or in a long time

by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

the best way i know to help depression (and this is from my own experience) is to get enough vit d. If you don't get a lot of sun and its to cold to go out with short sleeves go to the health food store and get a vit. d supplement. Then you need to look at yor nutrition and if your getting enough good health saturated fats for your brain. eggs coconut oil butter and a good cod liver oil supplement. I use nordic naturals. You should also get on a whole foods vitamin to ensure good nutrition. Innate is a good brand. go for walks, get natural sunlight and fresh air.

by Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Several studies have been done that show 1 handful of raw cashews every day will help as well as Prozac. Here is so more info on the topic for you. :) Take care & feel better.

You can also watch the  documentaryFood Matters for more information on how cashews can help.  I watched it through Netflix streaming.

by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

i hope there is. i just had a baby 3 1/2 months ago and i'm still dealing with ppd. i gained more weight from eating it's just horrible. 

by Group Mod on Feb. 21, 2013 at 2:48 AM
Vitamin B12. High doses of it. I take 12,000 mcg daily. Along with vitamin c, vitamin d, flaxseed oil, and Probiotics I feel so much better. Vitamin b12 & vitamin d deficiencies along with gluten and food intolerances can cause depression and anxiety
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by Group Mod - Tabitha on Feb. 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

sunlight...force yourself to get out of the house everyday...exercise helps alot too

by Bronze Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Vit d. But in a pinch I have found that l-theanine helps. It is derived from green tea.
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by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Exercise works wonders for me. I was medicated for depression 6 years ago. I hated the way the medication made me feel. I found studies that suggest moderate exercise has been proven just as effective as zoloft...I dusted off the treadmill & started walking a couple of miles every day. Within a week, I felt normal again. Hang in there, mama!
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