Dealing with anxiety and depression without medication

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548289 tn?1215940414 Have anyone ever tried dealing with Depression and or Anxiety without meds.? I have been doing it for a while now and its not getting worst... It's not totally gone, but it has lessen a good bit... Thank God! God is the one helping me :)... Anyway, I think once I understood what was happening to me, I decided to think myself positive out of it, did I word that right? LOL! Anyway...
Avatar n tn I just wanted to say I'm so glad the higher dose of Effexor seems to be helping you, and to encourage you to give Zoloft a try if anything changes with the Effexor. I have a long history of anxiety, depression, OCD, agoraphobia, and panic attacks, and have been on many different anti-depressant medications, such as Anafranil, Paxil, Prozac, Serzone, and I think I was always under-medicated.
411389 tn?1230128077 As deaglan said, if you have contemplated suicide, stop taking it and call your doctor, this is a side effect and obiously a very bad one. That being said, you mentioned that you are having "adverse" reactions to it. Actually, those reactions may seem adverse, but they are actually normal for the medicine. I was on it for a while, but soon realized I didn;t like it and got off of it. Eventually those effects will go away (after about 2-4 weeks).
1783764 tn?1330814261 If so, when were you Dx'd and with what? Finally, what all have you tried to treat the depression and anxiety? Meds? If so, what did you try, what dose and foe how long? Therapy? What kind, and for how long? When we get to a bad place, we get a defeatist attitude, I think I'm seeing some of that in your words. Like the statement "I've realized no amount of counseling or medication will ever give me the peace I seek so desperately."....
Avatar f tn They all made me miserable and I didnt feel like myself. So I decided to deal with it without medication. He needs someone to talk to that will just listen, understand, and give him advice. A therapist. If you cant afford seeing a therapist then he needs to find someone who deals with the same thing as him that has gotten through it. Also, as cliche as it sounds. Excersise will help so much, as will a good diet, and sleep regimen.
Avatar f tn I suffered bad postpartum depression with both my children which led with depression along with my anxiety. I started the Xanax about a year after my last child was born and the panic attacks started to become more of a regular occurrence. I feel like I am a Slave to this medication. I am in constant fear of the next panic attack. I'm constantly feeling light headed, dizzy, heart pounding, mind racing, etc. I have been on many anti depressants in the past.
Avatar f tn If I'm not clear, I would start FIRST with a psychologist, preferably one with a ph.d. and experienced with dealing with children and adolescents.
Avatar f tn I am dealing with severe anxiety and depression since I had my thyroid removed 2 years ago for cancer. Within a month of my surgery I started having anxiety, panic attacks and depression. The anxiety is so bad that I am not driving now and cannot stand to be alone. My endocrinologist doesn't see the connection but I have talked to others who experienced the same. Did any adjustments with your thyroid meds seem to make any difference??
Avatar f tn Hi there; I also suffer with anxiety and depression, so i can totally understand how you feel. I was not prescribed Prozac, I am on Cipramil, but it takes 2 weeks according to my doctor for the drug to start working and can make anxiety temporarily increase when you first start taking it. Try not to think about if it is working or not because that will also increase your anxiety as well.
Avatar f tn I just read a post by someone who was dealing with anger and stress (albeit an old post!) but I am amazed that the doctor who replied would suggest that risperdal is a good drug to take to provide relief for anger. RISPERDAL IS AN ANTIPSYCHOTIC!!!!! It is classed as a major tranquilizer and it is supposed to given to people with schizophrenia.
Avatar f tn *Work - not completing enough daily tasks, overloaded *Family - constant arguing with sister *Dog - peeing on everything and making my house stink Then you need to start looking at each problem as individual issues and deal with them like that rather than lumping them all in and not dealing with any of them because it's overwhelming. Again, I recommend going list crazy but you have to find what works for you. I have been in a funk now since about February this year.
Avatar n tn There are natural ways of dealing with anxiety and depression and thats through 5-HTP and amino acids and without any side effects. Also, read this articles, good luck to you all. Please do not stop your medicines cold turkey because you will go through hell. The key is to start amino acid therapy and then slowly wean off the prescription medicine.
Avatar n tn Regardless, at 23 when I was on top of the world, I was struck with very severe depression and anxiety for no reason at all. At least not for any reason that the psychiatrists could find. For whatever reason i just happen to have a malfuction in my brain that severly effects mood regulation. It does not allow me to feel joy or contentment. It will only allow darkness and anxiety. This theory that major depression must be caused by some logical past reason is a way out dated theory.
Avatar m tn I was in CBT counselling already dealing with my parents' divorce, and continued with the same therapist. I've been taking Magnesium supplements and Pauliflora (Naturcalm?) as advised by a health shop worker. My doctor gave me the lowest form of Xanax but I don't want to take it that much as it's addictive and my family has a LONG history of addiction. My fear now is being hungover. I know that drinking is not recommended at times like these but I've to go to a big party tomorrow night.
Avatar m tn I have suffered for years with what you are going through, and have adapted my own system of dealing with this, firstly no matter how bad you feel when you are at your worst, sweats, heart racing, skin jumping, feeling very nautious, and all of the other yucky syptoms, they are just tempory feelings that will dissapear after a few minutes or so. Firstly you will get that fight or flight feeling, erach time you have to fight, or it will keep you indoors forever, trust me i know.
1448936 tn?1363209946 it is at least a little comforting to read that others are dealing with similar issues. I too have health anxiety and depression - on and off for close to 20 years. It seems to be getting worse for me as I'm getting older. I can relate to the others whose concern is heart and head, although I also go through periods where it's cancer or muscular diseases like MS or ALS. Today it's my head that had a pain - stroke? anyerism?
Avatar n tn I can't really speak for the mania part but I did 48/48 on peg-intron/1200mg riba and avoided AD's for my own reasons. My worst and longest lasting side was depression. It almost killed me quite honestly. My advice is to go ahead with the AD's and when tx is done you can deal with getting rid of them also. Kinda sucks-but you do what you have to and hopefully come out of this dancin'.
Avatar f tn I am so sorry that your depression is untreatable, and with all those ECTs it has not improved. I presume no anti-depression medication has been effective in your case either. I presume you have tried them all. You certainly don't sound pathetic, I admire you for being such a fighter. Seems the doctors and psychiatrists have given up on you. Well I do not know what to suggest you do next, seems to me you have tried so hard.
1149332 tn?1261809625 enzymes - helps you digest foods CQ10 Fish Oil, great for pain, heart B complex excellent for balancing the body I hope this helps.
1134902 tn?1296069744 I've also been a pot smoker a long time up until this year and each time I quit, I'd get hot flashes, depression, anxiety increase, unable to sleep, etc. The pot of today is Nothing like the pot of just 15yrs ago. IMO, if you didn't mention your bf using pills, I would say his behavior is entirely due to w/d from pot. Pot can also change ones personality. I've known my husband for 32yrs. He quit smoking pot for one yr from 07 - 08 and he was a Completely different person!
377493 tn?1356505749 I was recently diagnosed with Post Partum depression which has manifested itself in extreme anxiety. I have started having full out panic attacks, unable to sleep and it all surrounds my infants well being. For some reason I have become quite obsessed with his breathing and check him almost constantly to ensure he is breathing. I have always been a somewhat anxious person, but this became dehabilitating.
Avatar n tn Sometimes I feel numbed out to everything, because my main focus becomes getting through the work day, and dealing with my anxiety. I sometimes push her away for a week at a time, while I work on getting my head together. I don't know if that's officially depression or not. I think most people go through times like that, but you could certainly talk to a therapist about it so that they can get a bigger picture.
Avatar n tn It is times like this you need to seek professional help to learn how to cope with life's stresses. Many of us couldn't do it without medication and/or therapy....and that's okay. Therapy helps us to learn "why" we are depressed and teaches us how to deal with the root cause and cope better in general. Know you're not alone and this is a wonderful forum to get support and advice, sometimes knowing you have others who understand helps. See your doctor and go from there.
Avatar m tn I'm glad you found us. This is a great place to hang if you're dealing with anxiety issues. Take some time, lurk around, read some of the posts and just by doing that, I think you will begin to relax a little. Trust me, you are SO not alone out there!
550027 tn?1215770864 I have been on 40 mg paxil a little over a yr and i am taking birth control pills with it the dr put me on the med because i deal with really bad anxiety attacks and depression and worrying but i have gained alot of weight i went off the pills because of the weight gain without consulting a doctor i started having really bad dreams my heart would beat out of control and i was throwing up and having bad headaches and staying really dizzy i thought something was bad wrong with me not know
Avatar n tn hi make sure the thyroid meds aren't adding to the problem as well. I am on Zoloft and the earlier i take it the better i sleep.It stimulates the sleep center in the brain and theres no way i can get a wink of sleep if i take it later than 2:00 in the afternoon. The morning is the best time to take it. My best friend is on the Wellbutrin and a small amount of the Zoloft and she is feeling ok except for headaches.
Avatar m tn It had gotten to the point that I did not leave my house (at 25, I am now 28). I was diagnosed with social anxiety, generalized anxiety and panic disorder. I had been taking clonazepam daily to help me get out of the house and back to work and lorazepam as needed (usually once a day, sometimes not at all) and trazodone as needed to sleep. I moved provinces and my new doctor has taken me off of all of my meds.
Avatar m tn There's no history of any neurological problems in my family as far as I know, but there is anxiety and depression (and dementia) on my fathers' side of the family. My sister has anxiety, she's been on antidepressants. My mom's mother did have Parkinson's late in life, now that I think about it. I also see a therapist bi-weekly (been doing that since the divorce 2 years ago), and just saw someone yesterday who specializes in anxiety and meditation.