Post # 1
I have been on antidepressants for about 3 years now for depression and anxiety. Lately, I have been doing a lot of research regarding antidepressants and the effects it has on the body (after a show on Dr Oz). I would like to get off of them and do more “natural” treatments. Like fish oil, dr john worts, acupuntuce, & exercise/yoga.
Anybody ever get off their antidepressants? Anybody treat depression with more natural remedies?
Post # 3
I know what you mean! I gave up anti-deppressants when I had an allergic reaction to one (forget which brand, was on a few over the years). I had GIANT HIVES all over my body for a month (in the summer, ugh), and wound up in the hospital twice! The prescribing doctor didn’t catch it the few times I saw her with the hives, but casually mentioned it could be a side effect after I stopped on my own. She was awful.
I’ve been treating my (very mild) anxiety with vitamin B supplements. I take a B-100 supplement every day, and I really do feel a difference. It took a few months for me to feel better though.
The other thing I do daily is take fish oil and a food-based multi. But I really credit the Vit B’s for helping the stress/anxiety.
I also have noticed that when I belonged to a gym I really enjoyed (it’s closed down, waah!), I felt much happier and less stressed overall. This gym’s style was only small classes, and mostly women. It wasn’t a chain, just a single business owned and operated by one woman. I loved it!
I am still on the hunt for a similar gym. I am noticibly more tired and slightly more “down” now that I haven’t been to a gym in a few months. I needed the motivation of a gym – I don’t like going out and running on my own. Plus, the owner that particular gym would call/text/email/facebook you if she hadn’t seen you in a while there. It was wonderful, siggghhh
[ETA] By the way, I don’t reccomend St. John’s Wort, only because it is known to interact with other medications. It WILL lower the efficacy of birth control, so please keep that in mind.
Post # 4
I am on zoloft and was at 100 mg but when I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue they increased the dosage to 150 mg. It had the reverse affect and made me more sleepy. After viewing the episode of Dr Oz regarding antidepressants, they are prescribed for EVERYTHING and change the way your brain actually functions.
I know what you mean by feeling more down and tired when not exercising. My FI & I were doing the Insanity workout and I felt GREAT!! But than I had to stop because of a knee issue but want to slowly get back into exercising and work my way back up to the Insanity workout.
I did read St John’s Wort did interact with other meds. I was going to talk with my primary about making the switch before I actually start taking anything and doing it myself. But I am a little worried that my primary would not recommend it.
Post # 5
@ecrowe1218: I quit all psychiatric medications and therapy in probably 2007 or 2008. I got a lot better afterwards. I had been medicated most of my life at that point.
I do take some anxiety meds now in the short-term because pregnancy has really brought the depression and anxiety back in a huge way, but normally, I don’t use anything.
I’m not really convinced anti-depressants are good for us long-term. I do what I can now for myself and have taken strides to be as healthy as possible.
Post # 6
@ecrowe1218: I was on anti-depressants back in 2002-2005. I felt that therapy did a better job than the meds helping me cope with stress and anxiety. As for natural/holistic treatments, I haven’t tried it.
Post # 7
@ecrowe1218: I started getting off mine recently. I recommend having a psychiatrist do the monitoring and to gradually decrease the dosage. For example, my regular dosage used to be 15 mg. I think I spent like 3-6 mos. each going from 15 to 10 and now 10 to 5. Since 10 is the recommended therapeutic dosage and I’m below, I’ll probably stay for at least 6 mos. on the 5 mg before going off completely. I see my psych every 3 mos. to make sure that I’m not suffering any adverse effects from decreasing. I plan on being off completely by the end of the year. 🙂