Help me beat Depression without meds
January 18, 2010 7:40 PM Subscribe
How can I treat my depression without medication?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (43 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
I have a history of sort of a low-grade depression that basically gets in the way of life and what I want to do - I am what could be called high-functioning. I have never missed work because of it, but it does impact my social life and interests outside of what MUST be done, and at its worst, like when I encounter super stressful situations, it can develop into major depression.
Me: Married, female, late 30's, no kids, IT professional, advanced degree, healthy (other than carrying extra weight), financially secure, great job, supportive family, pretty okay life and grateful for what I have. I have hobbies that I could pursue if I had the energy to and didn't feel so overwhelmed by just getting through each day.
Sample of my day: I get up, go to work, come home, sit on the bed and watch tv or write, go to bed. Weekend - wash, rinse, repeat, with the inclusion of a trip to the market or maybe a movie.
Not exactly a back-breaking schedule, but I try to simplify my days when I get overwhelmed. At this point, I can't cut out much more out!
I have taken almost every kind of medication out there and while some work, some end up not working eventually, or the side effects are so intolerable that I would rather deal with the depression that take the meds. So meds aren't an option for me any longer.
What can I do to get past it so that it doesn't rule my days? I am really tired of this and although I will probably never get rid of it, I would like to know what people do to get a handle on it - I have tried counseling in the past and it didn't do much. My husband is very supportive and would help if I could tell him what I need. The problem is that I just have no idea. Can diet and exercise help?
All constructive and thoughtful advice is most appreciated.
Thank you, kind friends.