originally posted by: fusiondoe
I have suffered with it for years.
I won’t go into what or who I believe causes/manufactured the illness of depression, nor do I want suggestions of poisonous antidepressants nor do I
need anymore counselling/therapy.
Would just like to hear from some people on natural ways and coping mechanisms and dare I say, maybe a natural ‘cure’. Perhaps there are some
people here who have beaten this evil disease.
I am so sick of fighting this every single day but I am doing well, just need some tips.
First, I sincerely apologize for being WAY too long in my post, and I hope you read and I most of all I hope it helps some.
From what I have read in this thread so far is that most here have never had 'clinical depression', you cannot just take a ride on a motorcycle, etc.
to cure this. (I have ridden for many years and do still, and, I've had severe depression)
I had a lot of people tell me that I only needed to "take a ride", I knew then they had never had clinical depression, they wanted to help but didn't
know what it's like to get depression from 'out of nowhere'...
We all get depression when a pet or family member dies, but clinical depression is a whole 'nother animal, it can come it seems for no real reason.
Or does it? I say that because through trial and error I found what caused my depression and I had never really read anything at all about the causes
that made mine.
I will say this, YOU may have other reasons that you have yours, but I have to mention this or I wouldn't be a good person, if you know what I
In my 40's I realized that things were changing in my body, 50's too, then my 60's, so as we age we change, we most all know this. In my early 40's
though coffee really started to bother me, I was probably drinking about 5 cups per night, I worked 2nd shift and it was common for most of us to
drink coffee at night. Anyway, my 'jitters' got so bad that I had to lower the number of cups to only 2, then as time went on I had to completely
stop. I maybe had stopped for a year or so and started back again, I had no problems for a long time, then the same thing again, the smallest thing
would make me jump sky-high! =)
In my late 40's, around 48 I went to a (new) doctor to get a full physical because I had planned on doing a lot of strenuous stuff like hiking and so
on, while there I casually mentioned that my temper had gotten to be pretty bad. My temper (mostly at my wife) would come out of nowhere and I would
snap at her when she was only trying to ask me if I wanted this, or that, she was just be helpful. Anyway, that temper only last about 30 seconds then
I would apologize to her and mention that I have no idea where that came from, or, why. She is really easy to get along with so she took it in stride,
I wouldn't be able to do that though. So, my doctor tells me that I have depression... I say that I am not depressed and that I feel fine but I only
have that temper thing. He still insists that I am depressed. I still think to myself that I do not agree with him.
He puts me on, "Celexa", it made me a real zombie type, I could not care less about anything, my new puppy which I really loved, if I dropped
something on the floor I could care less, etc., I just flat out did not care about anything.
I told the doctor that I wanted to get off of that and maybe onto another anti-depressant, but he was adamant about me staying on Celexa.
To make a long story short about that drug is, DO NOT EVER TAKE THAT STUFF!!!
I still have problems I attribute to that drug and that stupid doctor and it all started with that pill.
(Feel free to ask me about that pill if you want, it's a whole story on its own))
I said all of the above to get the scene set so maybe it'll make more sense as to how things may be, hopefully for you.
When I drank coffee and I had really bad side effects such as severe nervousness and all of the things that come from too much coffee, but there was
I switched my sweetener from sugar (my new doctor also told me that I was a type II diabetic) to Sweet-n-Lo. At some point I noticed a change in my
days, I was getting depressed, severely depressed at times, I was probably drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day. I also noticed that when I switched
from Sweet-n-Lo to the brand of Equal that my depression changed, it was still bad, but it was just different. These changes between artificial
sweeteners was actually a few years, it was not an overnight thing, plus, I still at this point had no idea as to what caused my depression. I wasn't
sad because something in my life was going south, but I was depressed and severely so. Of course, some days were better than others too.
I tried all kinds of things to figure out what was the cause for all of the crap I was going through, sometimes I felt as though I was close to a
breakthrough, but, nope...
One day I decided to stop drinking coffee and along with that I stopped using the artificial sweeteners too, then I noticed a difference, and I kept
experimenting because I didn't know if it was a fluke, or what, I'm no doctor.
I knew then that I was on to something, and finally I knew I had found the culprit, my sweetener AND my coffee!
Somewhere along the way I thought I would try the freeze-dried coffee and along with the sweetener they ALL were MY cause for MY depression. I don't
just think this, I know it's a fact for my case, it may not be for everybody that has similar problems, but for me it was.
This is not to say that I think you, or anyone else should stop drinking coffee or sweetener, (although when you read about sweeteners they sound VERY
scary!) but you should really take a look at what you are putting into your body.
I am not holistic in any way, or I don't know medicine at all, I did find out at least for me that we really are what we eat.
If something alters your body's chemistry that can change your Serotonin levels, (if you believe that Serotonin is a reason for depression, some
don't) it can bring on depression.
In today's world we get all kinds of chemicals in everything we eat, drink, or eat out of, so surely there is a connection, maybe, maybe not, I feel
So, I said all of that to say this, really look at what you do from the time you get up to the time you go to bed, you may see 'something' that could
be the culprit, I know that my family doctor's always just want to prescribe more pills, they don't have enough time in my short little visit to delve
into it like it needed. I might should have gone to a head doctor too, but really, I didn't trust too many doctors before all of this, and I sure
didn't after I had that one dumb doctor that had a God complex and wouldn't listen to what I was saying to him.
I am for the most part depression free now days, although I still drink coffee, and I do take Prozac from time to time because it actually does help
me. If I take Prozac daily it can actually make me depressed by itself, it's a long learning process for MY body, it may not affect others that way.
My sweetener is Stevia and I only drink coffee that's percolated! These two changes made a a BIG difference for me.
Again, I apologize for being so long, but if I hadn't maybe it wouldn't mean as much, hopefully it helps in some way, I know that I wish that someone
would have mentioned this to me early on. You may be light years ahead of me on all of this too, but I was just trying to help some.