I am male, 17, with decent physical health but struggling with depression and anxiety. What should I try before going back on meds?
After a stressful first week school, I started homeschooling in 2010. I took 50mg sertraline and went to therapy during that year, but neither of these had an appreciable effect. I went back to public school the following year. I have coped fairly well without meds or therapy (good grades, pursuing hobbies, leading group singing at church, etc.) but I would like to get my depression more under control as I begin college this fall. My parents and my physician are encouraging me to start trying meds and therapy again. However, I would like to take the next five months before college starts to exhaust all other options.
I am currently looking for a part-time job, preferably something that I'm interested in and involves some good physical labor, such as assisting at a local plant nursery. That would certainly help me in many ways.
Going through some of the depression-related AskMe threads, I've noticed that quite a few people have had success with meditation. What kind of meditation? I did yoga three times a week during my homeschooling-year, but the relaxation only lasted for an hour or so after the session. The same goes for walking/running, although I haven't tried doing vigorous exercise on a regular basis.
Has anyone has success with elimination diets such as this paleo-style diet
? I already garden, cook, and eat a fairly healthy diet. No supplements, though. I try to get some sun in the winter (in the southern USA) for vitamin D.