Clinical Depression

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What treatments have been effective for your depression? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Mac, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 03

Very practical and useful tips for sure. I was facing a very long 8 years of depression and in course of time I developed a few habits to overcome it. I hope they are useful for the readers. They are: diet change (eat healthy superfoods), get 6 hours of sleep continuously, exercise regularly (because the more you sweat, the more you shine), leave alcohol, drugs or any other dope; remember you have to remove it from the roots. Get more social, talk discuss and laugh even more, spend ample time with loved ones.

Comment from: olivegirl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I am 21 years old and genetically predisposed to clinical depression/major depressive disorder. All my life, I've suffered from it, but the symptoms became more obvious when I was 13. It was then when I was diagnosed. I was prescribed Prozac, but I did not take it as my mother was concerned about its side effects. A few years later, I visited another therapist who prescribed me an SSRI called Cipralex. It did not suit me at all. I gained a lot of weight, felt anxious and groggy all day long, had disturbed sleeping patterns and lost a lot of hair. Last year, I began treatment with another therapist who prescribed me one of the milder SSRIs called Cipram and advised me to exercise for at least half an hour daily. I take half a tablet every evening after supper. It has helped immensely and suits me well. I used to cry for hours every day, but now I don't even remember the last time I did! As far as the side effects are concerned, I am only prone to occasional mild headaches, decreased appetite (but not so much) and drowsiness at night after I've taken the dose. I hate to admit that I don't exercise at all these days, but when I used to, I felt a rapid improvement in my life. I intend to start exercising once again. I must mention that my two best friends and my boyfriend have provided me with unconditional emotional support, which is virtually half the treatment. For all those in the same boat as me who are reading this, my therapist said, "Fake it until you make it." As weird as it may sound, it actually does help! I wish each and every one of you the best of luck with your treatments. If I can “make it,” so can you.

Comment from: olmsted73, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I have suffered severe depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and insomnia for many years. I’ve tried Cymbalta, Paxil, and Effexor. Recently, my doctor prescribed Prozac, Ambien, Abilify, and Xanax. This combo seems to work well, although I still have severe insomnia. I’m hoping he can suggest something in combination with the Ambien or increase the dosage; otherwise, the symptoms have dramatically decreased for me.

Comment from: John W, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 20

I had some troubles with depression several years ago after a few sad moments in my life. I know this kind of feeling. I started to fight with it too late and needed outside help. A friend of mine show me some educational articles, and then he went to the doctor with me and was near me all through the rehabilitation period. You have to find this person, the earlier the better.

Comment from: anxiey eating, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 09

Here is the life style you need to follow for depression. Clinical depression needs medication. First of all drink only mineral water or boiled water or reverse osmosis filtered water. Sleep before 12 am and wake up between 6 am and 7:30 and have a warm water bath. At 8 am take a glass of milk and add 4 dates in it and make a shake of it, then drink it slowly. At 10 am eat 1 egg white plus 3 slices of brown bread and a cup of green tea. At 3 pm eat a meal full of fiber. At 6 pm go for a 20 minute walk and then do some exercise like sit-ups, stands and pushups. At 7 pm drink a nutrition shake or meal replacement. At 9 pm eat a light dinner and take a 10 minutes’ walk after. You have to follow all these steps specially sleeping and waking routine is required.

Comment from: Doesntmatter, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I have had depression for 49 years with very limited joy. They have tried everything and nothing helps at all and because of it I no longer have friends or family. My own kids want to have nothing to do with me, I have never even seen my grandkids not once. You should really tell people that there are some who don't respond to medicines.

Comment from: Li, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 02

My point of view is depression is caused by information overload and by light stimulation to the brain through your eyes by looking into the screen. Also due to lack of physical activities. The treatment is to have a break from the electronic equipment and go out for a walk. Also singing is good strategy to reduce the pressure.

Comment from: Mindful thinking, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I had suffered from severe depression and anxiety every day for 3 years. Over the last year my depression has really lessened for me. The worse years did not improve until I was hospitalized for 3 months during which I gave my permission for electronic current therapy. Slowly I sorted my way out of the darkness until one day I was sitting at home in the sun and felt the warmth of the sun and felt the connection of my first happy moment in almost 3 and a half years. After hospital I was lucky enough to know/meet earth angels who were of great support to me who were great listeners with only positive comments in regard to me, one in particular had experienced depression first hand. For me that gave me great comfort knowing that someone totally understood where I was in my depression at that time, it was great to hear that what I was feeling was normal and that my problems just felt bigger than to someone without depression, to me most things scared me, so having someone who understood was the start of real improvement my recovery started to move forward. I also walked with a friend everyday, she started work at 7am but would get up at 5.30am and encourage me mentally and physically. All these things aided my recovery including Efexor anti-depressant, and anti anxiety medication which I have managed to come off a little of the high doses over the past year or so. (only with Dr advice of cause) But lastly apart from writing myself positive reinforcement thoughts quotes or truths and putting them up on a wall where I would see them frequently helped sort some confinement and also anything causing stress I would write down in order of priority, I find that system extremely helpful. I call myself a survivor now and not a victim of depression. So after dragging myself into a church my spirituality also slowly helped the healing process, and last but not least weekly Yoga and meditation, relearning how to relax the mind body and soul. Now I appreciate the good things in life, know myself better and take each day as it comes.

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Comment from: Frohlich, 55-64 Female Published: July 20

1) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy taught me how my learned beliefs (unconsciously absorbed from parents) framed my jaundiced view of my world which then colored depressive feelings. (Example: either I was happy or depressed) Black/white thinking is not realistic! Life is in color! 2) Depression was also a old strategy to numb the pain I actually needed to feel and process. Once I learned to honor the old pain, breathe with it and allow it to move along... Eventually it lost its power as a mistaken strategy. 3) Lastly, understanding the nature of happiness being moments, not a static state of being, helped.

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