What are the best natural remedies for severe depression?

I’ve had severe depression since dealing with a major trauma in my life last year. I tried Wellbutrin but I had such a horrible reaction to it I weaned myself off it after 4 months. I don’t really want any medications. I’d like to maybe try things like accunpuncture or St. John’s Wort.

Unfortunately going to therapy isn’t really an option because my family’s finances were hit hard due to everything. I would really, really like to but even with insurance it’s super expensive (0 a session is what we were told)
I’m only 17 so drinking isn’t an option. I want healthy solutions. I do exercise a lot already (I was a gymnast for 10 yrs) but it hasn’t helped that much.

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  • Happy Souls☮

    Learn to pamper and nurture yourself. Experiment with aromatherapy, eucalyptus especially, I find it to be exceptionally refreshing, revitalizing and energizing. You can use Wallflowers from Bath and Body Works from their aromatherapy line. Enjoy the music of everything surrounding you. Sing like the morning birds. Spend time with a pet, its been shown pets reduce stress and depression in humans, talk to them, play with them, take care of them. Start a meditation routine to unravel your thoughts and reconnect (you could buy "Meditations" by Sylvia Browne). Spend time outside. With trees. Enjoy the background sounds of nature. Soak up the warm of the sun, feel the vitamin D entering your skin while enriching it and making it beautiful. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression.

    Nutrition is vitally important. You need to make sure your diet is deficient in simple carbs, high saturated fat foods, and other bad foods since these only make you fatigued and tired. Concentrate on eating foods high in zinc, magnesium, iron, Vitamin B and complex carbohydrates. As well as Omega-3 and other essential fatty acids since these can work better than prozac. Give yourself treats of course! It can be from a pretty sweet cupcake to occasionally having a small splurge. Avoid caffeine, keep a good schedule of your meals to avoid insomnia or hypersomnia. You should aim for a good night’s quality sleep, so you’ll wake up feeling fresh and ready to start the day. You could also practice yoga breathing exercises in bed before getting up. They help unwind and set your mind in a "ready" mode. Be at peace with yourself. Keep a stable state of mind, a neutral one.

    Have something to look forward each day. A small gesture for yourself. Do something you enjoy everyday, like cooking or playing, or taking a long shower. Treat your skin and body well. Make it smell nice for yourself. Accept your reesponsabilities and even if you’re tempted to, don’t put them aside. Instead focus each day to make at least one productive thing other than homework; it’ll give you a sense of accomplishment. Instead of therapy, why don’t your try talking to someone you trust? It can work just as effectively if not more.

    There are many natural alternatives to prescription antidepressants, anxiolytics, and sleeping tablets.
    Research suggests that St John’s Wort is as effective, but has far fewer side effects, than many of the commonly used prescription antidepressants. Passiflora, Melissa, and Lavender are other natural remedies to relieve anxiety and, in sufficient dosage, may also help to induce sleep. To ensure therapeutic dosages and correct manufacturing processes, Feelgood Health has formulated a number of natural remedies to promote emotional and psychological health. PureCalm (adults) and Kiddie Calmer (children) are specifically formulated to soothe the symptoms of anxiety and stress, while MindSoothe (adults) and MindSoothe Jr. (children) will assist with anxiety as well as depression. Serenite (capsules or drops for adults) and Serenite Jr. (drops for children) help to promote natural sleep.

    The most vital thing to recognize is that you are vitally important and able of anything you propose yourself to do. I find its best to keep within the natural range of anything – especially regarding ailments whether they’re physical or mental. Don’t dwell on the depression, outlook it. Keep yourself distracted. Enjoy the simple, silly things everytime you can. Find inspiration from others but most importantly find inspiration from within. We all sometimes feel too overwhelmed by the world. Balance is what keeps me alive.

    Peace.

  • postal302@rocketmail.com

    Exercise is one of the best remedies for depression. Go out and walk/jog/run everyday. You’ll find your body deals with stress better when you exercise.

    Find a good friend you can talk to. It’s like talking to a therapist but free. They can offer advice and support for dealing with your depression.

  • Eliot K

    The book "Feeling Good", by Dr. David Burns.

    Abesbooks.com has good prices

  • Hercules

    Try to find a hobby that really takes your mind off of everything else.

    Other things that could possibly benefit you are exercise, some kind of group activity or sport.

    you could try kava a drink that could take the edge off of the depression but i would only go to this as a last resort.

  • InLosAngeles

    I have always gained weight when I would take antidepressants, SO, I would be fat AND depressed. I started looking into more natural remedies. I wanted to know what SCIENTIFIC, peer-reviewed studies were saying about natural remedies. What I came up with was this, and was confirmed by my primary care doc:

    400mg/day of Sam-E (S-Adenosul Methoionine) before you eat in the morning
    1000mg/day of Omega 3-6-9 (keep in the fridge so you don’t get fishy burps)
    1000mg/day of Magnesium
    & MOST IMPORTANTLY,
    Exercise 4-6 days/week until you are exhausted.

    All those supplements can get expensive, and some of the pills are big, but I think they work. There’s good scientific evidence that they can be helpful for some people.

    As I said, the exercising part is the most important. I know, I know, you don’t feel like exercising because you’re depressed, it’s a vicious cycle. But when you’re depressed, you need little "wins" here and there. Just go for a walk for 30 minutes on the first day. Or just walk up and down the stairs if you don’t feel like leaving the house. The next day you’ll want to do more, and more the next day. It will be good for your general health, but will also release the hormones in your brain that will make you happier.

    It will take about 4-6 weeks for everything to kick in fully. So take your time, keep it up, and I hope you start to feel better soon. 🙂

  • Matthew

    First off, getting up and about, not just exercise, but physical labor. Physical labor gives you the exercise, plus you get sh:t done which helps the psyche a lot. And all it takes of this is 3 or 4 hours a day. Back when I was dealing with severe depression, I planted a garden and spent hours tilling and caring for it.
    Secondly, find someone to talk to, therapy rarely helps. What helps it talking to a close friend over a some drinks (be careful with alcohol though, it actually helped me, but it is a rocky road that can easily end in ruin). Or talking to a family member.
    Also, Meditation is wonderful. Being able to not think and shut off your mind is one of the best things ever and clears your head up significantly.

  • Darren

    Smoke weed, youll forget your problems, itll make you happy.

  • Susan Yarrawonga

    St John’s Wort can have bad side effects such as insomnia, nausea, and diarrhea as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22st+john%27s+wort+side+effects%22&fr=ush-ans but it is supposed to help for anxiety, stress and depression.

  • Life Has Choices

    Depression treatment using Apple
    Apple is one of the most valuable remedies for mental depression. The various chemical substances present in this fruit such as vitamin B, phosphorus, and potassium help the synthesis of glutamic acid, which controls the wear and tear of nerve cells. The fruit should be taken with milk and honey. This remedy will act as a very effective nerve tonic and recharge the nerves with new energy and life.

    Depression treatment using Cashewnut
    The cashewnut is another valuable remedy for general depression and nervous weakness. It is rich in vitamins of the B group, especially thiamine, and is therefore useful in stimulating the appetite and the nervous system. It is also rich in riboflavin which keeps the body active, cheerful, and energetic.

    Depression treatment using Asparagus
    The root of asparagus has been found beneficial in the treatment of depression. It is highly nutritious and is used as a herbal medicine for mental disorders. It is a good tonic for the brain and nerves. One or two grams of the powder of the dry root of the plant can be taken once daily.

    Depression treatment using Cardamom
    The use of cardamom has proved valuable in depression. Powdered seeds should be boiled in water and tea prepared in the usual way. A very pleasing aroma is added to the tea, which can be used as a medicine in the treatment of this condition.

    Depression treatment using Lemon Balm
    The herb lemon balm has been used successfully in the treatment of mental depression. It alleviates brain fatigue, lifts the heart from depression, and raises the spirits. A cold infusion of the balm taken freely is reputed to be excellent for its calming influence on the nerves. About thirty grams of the herb should be placed in half a litre of cold water and allowed to stand for twelve hours. The infusion should then be strained and taken in small doses throughout the day.

    Depression treatment using Rose
    An infusion of rose petals should be prepared by mixing 15 gm of rose petals in 250 ml of boiling water. If drunk occasionally, instead of the usual tea and coffee, it is beneficial for treating this condition.

    Depression treatment using Vitamin B
    Diet has a profound effect on the mental health of a person. Even a single nutritional deficiency can cause depression in susceptible people. Nutritional therapy builds up brain chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, that affect the mood and are often lacking in depressed people. Eating foods rich in vitamin B, such as wholegrains, green vegetables, eggs, and fish helps restore vitality and cheer in an individual.

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