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Old 02-17-2013, 14:53   #1
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I have fallen into a mild depression over the last several months. Not bad, but I've lost enthusiasm for many of the things I used to take enjoyment in. Coupled with having much reduced activity level and no exercise to speak of (pre- foot surgery restrictions and post-surgery recovery). Also, it's wintertime here, too.

Are there any supplements that any of you find helpfull for temporary situational depression? I'm taking a Vit-B complex, but that's about all that I know about for moods

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My diabetes is in very good control, so that's not the problem.

Mostly, I'm bored.

As soon as my foot heals to where I can spend more time on it (prognosis is in May or June), I plan to do some volunteer work. But just now I'm not able to do much.

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I combine GABA, melatonin, and Magnesium as sleep aids ... and read many people use those for depression or mood issues, as well. Cheap, readily available, and worth a try!

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SAM-e is a supplement some people use to help with depression. I've never tried it myself, but it might be something for you to look into.

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wine .

actually I go through the same thing, I am a home body. I don't run the roads like I used to,gas costs to much. I don't wonder around shops,I am retired & don't have the funds to spend.
I don't socialize like I used to either. I find I enjoy my own company better then wasting it on no accounts.

so I jump into crafts or get a new craft.I do all sorts of needlework but getting a new project, is just the thing for my boredom ..

My grandson left his jigsaw puzzle on my DR table,don't you know I sat down to pick it up, and 4 hrs later I had the thing together lol

I just found some paints I put up,& thought uhmm I should paint something.

Read a good book but for me I am to picky,so that is out for me.

I don't any otc drugs for stuff like that,thats just me..

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5HTP at night before bed will raise serotonin levels, whic leads to more melatonin.

St john's wart raises neropinephrin, may cause anxiety, it fat soluble which means if you get to the point of high anxiety, it takes a few days to reduce, so go slow with this one

L-Theanine which is a precursor for GABA, or you can take GABA as Linda suggested.

Best thing though for your situation, can't get out but want to feel ok with it is KAVA, KAVA. it reduces anxiety in about 15-20 minutes.

Glycine will also calm an over excited brain, about 12 g in a glass of water, makes me really sleepy.

If your feeling anxiety stay away from anything that will raise your neropinephrin. If your to relaxed and lack any excitement finding things that raise neropinephrin will increase mood. Raspberry Ketone is one that will raise neropinephrin rather quickly. Think about how your feeling before making a decision.

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A large bucket of ribs! Try it before you laugh.

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Melatonin made me very anxious. I tried 5-htp and it did work, but not well enough and I eventually got my Effexor increased instead. I may try GABA.

If you are depressed though, and getting more exercise doesn't help, don't be reluctant to ask your doc to put you on a medication. Depression is serious.

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Melatonin made me very anxious. I tried 5-htp and it did work, but not well enough and I eventually got my Effexor increased instead. I may try GABA.

If you are depressed though, and getting more exercise doesn't help, don't be reluctant to ask your doc to put you on a medication. Depression is serious.
My depression is situational and mild. Doesn't require any pharmaceuticals. I expect to come out of it naturally when my life returns to a more normal state and I can get out more.

Just wanting a little something to tide me over until then.

I think I'm going to try 5HTP first and see how it does for me.

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5-HTP, omega 3 fish oils, (a sad-light), any exercise does wonders, and also there are certain foods believed to help boost serotonin levels---complex carbs, cherries, soy milk, organic turkey, I can't remember what else but its easy to find online. Also, there are certain foods and other things that people tend to be drawn to because they temporarily boost serotonin, but then they bring it down further than what you started out to be. ---Some of these are caffeine, sweets, simple carbs, and I'm almost sure alcohal was mentioned too.
I read somewhere that illness and stress can reduce serotonin levels. Oh and its important to get enough sleep. I know, the weather really has a huge affect on me too. I hope you feel better soon

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The best book for depression and food cravings is The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. It is brilliant and advocates low carb as well as giving you a personal supplement regime dependant on your answers to her questions.
I found it wonderful and was able to stop taking SSRI antidepressants, and have heard many other success stories related to the book.
There is another book, The Diet Cure, which is also inspiring.
I'm currently taking 5HTP, Tyrosine, GABA, and some mineral and vitamins. x

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