tz3n answered your question:Anyone have any luck adding vitamins and herbal…
Umm, talk to a QUALIFIED and SCIENTIFIC minded naturopath. I could do some legwork for you but it’s late and I don’t know if you would listen
I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon at a mental health clinic. To…
Ok… BIG REPLY!
Ok… Mild-Moderate depression. Anti-depressants have actually been proven to cause more harm than they help. I know, counter-intuitive right? In moderate+ depression much better results, but less? BAD. So, I don’t know your history, or your symptoms but you might actually feel better when off them…
Secondly, ifn you are in the mod+ area… there are some things that you can do about that.
1, VITAMIN D. People forget about this simple thing from sunlight all the time. We require the sun at specific angles to produce this, so if you are too far away from the equator you may not even get this for most of the year… oh or if you live life behind a glass pane, you don’t make it through that either. So, what do you need? 5000IU a day. You can store bucketloads of the stuff (like b12) but you can only make 10000IU a day from the sun, so burning yourself in summer… not doing much other than lots of pain (longterm and short)
2, TOUCH. Oxytocin, a great little chem your body releases from any positive touch. It’s the reason we feel better when someone puts their hand on our shoulder when we’re feeling down, and the afterglow of sex.
3, FOOD. Eat salad and light stuff…. lots of it… nuts… good food. Not heavy stuff. If most of your blood is down in your guts digesting heavy food you’re going to feel tired and blergh cause you don’t have enough blood in your brain! If you are craving it, try having a cup of tea. Sugar, fat, theanine (ooooh another funny word! - with SMALL amounts of caffeine … like in tea … it both focuses and relaxes you) the British have some stuff right :P
Once you get the above stuff down (plus the exercise… blergh) you can start looking at the rest.
So, Herbs - Saffron, Valerian, Lavender, Withania, Motherwart, Happiness Bark, Rose, Siberian Ginseng, ++++++
Supplements? - Zinc, magnesium, tyrosine, SAMe, ++++++
There are more than lots, and most will interact with meds or change your symptoms (and sometimes not in a good way), hence the need to talk to someone in the know (and that might not be you’re mental health clinic person, not to put them down. They know great things about their areas, but to ask them to help you with herbs is like asking someone who knows about pigs to help you with your horse. Might help but could be way off.)
Other than that, big hopes and happy feels for you! I’m always happy to help and one day I should look into this more but right now I’m down there in the dumps and this is about the most I can pull my socks up to do. Depression is not a fun beast, but it’s definitely tamable.
Lots of love, and hope, and everything!