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How do you deal naturally with depression?

Answered on November 18, 2013
Created November 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Anybody who has had experience with depression and trying to treat it/ help yourself in a natural way (without meds) please reply!

I am curious on anybodys depression regime. Herbal remedies, exercise, tea, meditation etc. Did you change your thoughts? Think positive? How do you deal with depression naturally? Does the paleo diet help? In what way?

What has and hasn't worked for you?

I'm not just talking serious depression either, even your treatment of the common blues may apply!

Even if you are on meds, is that the only thing that's worked?

I want to hear about your success and your failure!

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on November 17, 2013
at 07:31 PM

This answer= win. I can't tell you how hard this answer hit me. Its so true. Why do we all look at depression as a disease when its really just a symptom of a larger problem in our lives? Win for you!

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on November 17, 2013
at 07:24 PM

This isn't an asshole answer, it's just an ignorant answer. Depression = imbalance of chemicals in the brain, environmental factors play a negligible role in depression. 99% of people who have went through some tragedy in their life are able to rebound back to normal.

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on November 18, 2013
at 01:21 PM

I can share my experience here. I've been suffering from anxiety, depression and very low self esteem for most of my life. Even as a child I felt ashamed of myself (true story!). As a teenager it became worst, I had suicidal thoughts I was a very angry and depressed person inside all the time but it never appeared on my face. There were rare moments I felt euphoric and happy. It was a sort a bipolar disorder (but I never consulted anyone to have a diagnostic.). My life was a nighmare.

My first focus was "heal your mind, your soul, anything but do something, find solutions". No medications, I wanted to heal "naturally". I started a kind of biohacking of my mind quite young and realised diet was a powerful tool to manipulate my thoughts. But for a long time dancing was my first mind transformer, so much helpful - more than diet, before I discovered paleo diet.

I've studied Kousmine (Russian doctor that promotes real foods) and ayurveda. In ayurveda, it is said that body and mind are not separated, they work together in unisson and if you heal your body you heal your soul at the same time. I realised my body was toxic and painful and step by step I changed my diet to get more natural foods. During several years I tested and tried different things and that helped me a lot.

I felt better but still had anxiety most of the time and terrible PMS, arthritis and muscle pain. Then Paleo diet entered in my life and made SO MUCH difference!! WAOUUW. Avoiding grains was the best thing I could do for my brain health! And neck pain disappeared forever, too. I then found the GAPS diet. I discovered what it is to be happy most of the time! I'd say my actual diet is 90% GAPS.

For me, it's a big whole journey inside, I suffered a lot in my body but at the same time I became familiar with a spiritual strength inside. I gradually gained more confidence in myself and life.

More concretely, what I do now when I am not well, sad or depressed :

* Ask myself "What do you really really really want to do? What excites you most? What would help you to feel better? Identify it and do it !!". I let my Jiminy Cricket speaks :-) I try not to reject what I feel. I feel crap, okay I feel crap it's not the end of the world. Reconnect to my desire is the very first step. All the solutions below derived from that.

* Dance. I have to be selfish, I close my door, put the headphones and let my body dance. Nobody else in the room. Listening to my body and be in movement is magic to transform my mind. But I cannot use dance alone, generally I have to "manipulate" my gut.

* Fasting.

* Be very strict with my diet, go minimal and 100% GAPS/paleo until I feel better (it takes between a few hours and a few days to get my inside peace back). "Back to basics" philosophy : no variety, simplicity, use of my known gut-friendly foods (find yours! ;)). I apply this philosophy to my activities too. I go back to self-discipline. Everything that have a stimulant positive effect on my digestion is welcome.

* Butter fasting. This sounds weird but I use it when I am constipated and it works. I found inspiration from ayurveda detox cure preparation. Fat helps to lubrify the intestines and make the detox process safer. I melt butter in a pan and add salt. I drink it with a spoon.

* Bulletproof coffee/Matcha Tea. This is another strategy to get tons of butter and coconut oil.

Body and mind work hand by hand, this is what I feel... Sadness, depression, anger are part of life and basically when you look at them without judging them as negative they are like joy, happiness and all these so-called good feelings we all want in our life : it's pure energy. I try to be opportunistic and recycle this energy to induce changes in my life.

Feelings never last and you can transform them, you have tons of possibilities... It's very individual. Maybe you have to get a new job or stay alone for a while or visit your grandma or masturbate or listening to this song you'll never admit you like...

Be close to my desire has become #1 gold therapy! It's my way of life. I find life is an exciting game now, I still have fears but I play with them and welcome them as life challengers. Good luck!

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on November 17, 2013
at 07:35 PM

But I was suicidal and I changed it by embracing the suck and changing my conditions. Thats the problem with your diagnosis, the reason your brain is imbalanced chemically is a result of the conditions, not what creates them. well, most of the time, obviously there are cases such where trauma is the underlying cause, whether sexual or other violent things that are more complex.

If you are raised in a house where your father systematically tortured you and your little brothers for a decade, your chemical makeup will not e the same as some well off kid who lived a stress free life and had emotional support and three meals a day.

But as someone on the knife-edge of suicide, I am living proof that one can will themselves out of misery and anyone who tells you otherwise is counting out the power that forging mental toughness can have on your life

Sticking to a weightlifting regimen and not routine hopping

sticking to a way of eating

sticking to a martial art

sticking to a mobility routine

holding yourself accountable for every minute you spend, making sure you stay productive

Some people get great results from pills, but I have done it without, I have relied on my own gumption to change things and that fills me with a self confidence most people do not have.

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on November 17, 2013
at 06:41 PM

This sounds like an asshole answer but the reality is if your depressed its because you aren't where you want to be in your life, or you don't have the woman you ant, or the job you want, or live where you want.

Instead of trying to cure depression embrace it, depression is natural, if you are fat, or you work minimum wage or you hate your shitty apartment, you should feel pain, because pain is the hallmark of growth.

Fuck a tablet, fuck a dietary solution. Be the hero in your own life and turn it around. Put in the work and rise in whatever aspect of your life is calling you pain.

I have been there, sat there thinking about how easy it would be to go into the bathroom and pull that cutthroat across my neck. But instead I have embraced the pain and the misery and now it drives me and it has instilled in my something that is invaluable in my growth as a person.

Best of luck.

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on November 17, 2013
at 07:31 PM

This answer= win. I can't tell you how hard this answer hit me. Its so true. Why do we all look at depression as a disease when its really just a symptom of a larger problem in our lives? Win for you!

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on November 17, 2013
at 07:24 PM

This isn't an asshole answer, it's just an ignorant answer. Depression = imbalance of chemicals in the brain, environmental factors play a negligible role in depression. 99% of people who have went through some tragedy in their life are able to rebound back to normal.

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on November 17, 2013
at 06:30 PM

I've struggled with depression for much of my life. A couple of years ago I stopped my meds cold turkey, something I DO NOT suggest anyone else do, but that is another story. However, I had also stopped eating gluten about the same time and, coincidence or not, I did not experience any worsening of symptoms (just rebound serotonin syndrome). In any case, I am still doing well without meds but I do have a blue light that I sometimes use in the winter with the shorter days and all, and it seems to help.

I think that it is really important to work with your health care provider on this. If you are on meds, DON'T stop taking them without tapering (if your provider will help you with this). Much better to be safe under care! One thing I have learned in these past couple of years, Paleo doesn't cure everything and that is OK.

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on November 17, 2013
at 06:24 PM

I'd say that the Paleo-ketogenic diet PLUS a lifestyle change that involves nature/sun/yoga/meditation will help. If the Paleo-keto diet is too strict for you, the normal Paleo diet should still be beneficial, as long as the lifestyle changes are in place. I wrote about all that on my blog a few months ago: http://eugenia.queru.com/2013/08/08/getting-rid-of-depression-and-anxiety/

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on November 17, 2013
at 06:18 PM

Hi, I can tell you what worked for me. I assume that you are asking for nutritional strategies for not feeling sad (more subjective or psychological causes have to dealt with at another level) a) eating more omega 3. I eat sardines every day, and salmon pretty often. b) eating high protein and fat breakfast. c) eating serotonin foods like bananas. b) doing 30 minutes of meditation every day. I am not a doctor or a psychologist/psychiatrist, so I would really consider seeing a professional if you feel depressed or sad.

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