Probiotics and Depression…can taking probiotics help?

Probiotics and Depression…can taking them help? This post contains some important information on probiotics and depression, but first, did you know you actually have two nervous systems? One, the central nervous system consists of your brain and your spinal cord; the other is the intrinsic nervous system which exists in your gastrointestinal tract.   While we have always believed our brain to be running the show, it turns out that our gut is actually sending more data to our brain … Continue reading

Can You Get off Antidepressants Safely?

Can You Get off Antidepressants Safely? What do you do if you want to get off anti-depressants?  Do you wonder…can you get off antidepressants safely? Because I’m not a doctor, I can’t give you medical advice, but I can share my own experience. I have been on and off antidepressants several times.  Getting off them is tricky, and you really have to be careful.  Consult with your doctor before you begin the withdrawal process. Whatever you do, don’t stop them quickly.  When … Continue reading

Fat Intake and Depression…is there a link?

Fat Intake and Depression Is there a connection between fat intake and depression? I often tell people I cured myself of decades of depression and lost 20 pounds by changing how I eat. One woman’s response was, “if I lost 20 pounds, I wouldn’t be depressed either!” I thought that was pretty funny, but had to tell her it went beyond just being psyched I lost unwanted weight.  It felt so good to no longer live with depression; to struggle … Continue reading

Sadness or Depression

Sadness or Depression Many of us who struggle with depression wonder if we are truly dealing with sadness or depression. There is a difference.  With depression, many aspects of our lives can be affected.  They included sleep patterns, inability to sleep, changes in eating patterns and habits, disinterest in things that you used to enjoy and so on. Sadness can be a normal part of life, and people who are not depressed are sad from time to time.  We are … Continue reading

Depression and Courage

depression and courage

Depression and Courage…Living with Depression Requires Courage Depression and courage – Living as a depressed person requires tremendous courage and tremendous energy.   Functioning on a daily basis and keeping up with a world that is not depressed is a challenge that is not for the faint of heart.  If you are depressed or think you may be struggling with depression, give yourself a break.  Yours is not an easy road, but it is one that is shared by many; … Continue reading

Depression – Side Effects of Antidepressants

Depression – Side Effects of Antidepressants I remember when I finally decided to get medical help for my depression.  It was after many years of denying that I was depressed.  I remember exactly where I was…it was on the deck of our house.  My husband was the one who finally said to me, “Aren’t you tired of being depressed?”  I called my doctor and began the process.  I had to talk to an LICSW (social worker) who then referred me … Continue reading

Depression; Thief of Life

The Thief Known as Depression Depression was many things to me.  It was a thief of fun and energy.  It was something to hide and be ashamed of; it was something that made me feel different and inferior… damaged goods in some way.  It made me fearful that my defect would be discovered. It also made me jealous; jealous of others who could have fun and be silly while I was so serious and just tried to maintain. I lived … Continue reading

Exercise and Depression – Go for a hike!

Exercise and Depression – Go for a hike! After my first post on exercise and depression, I decided to take my own advice, get off the couch and move, but not right away… Today Rob said, “Do you want to go for a hike?”  I tend to be a more sedentary person by nature and really wanted to spend some free time sitting and crocheting a blanket I’m making for one of my nieces, so I considered the merits of taking … Continue reading

Exercise and Depression…it can help more than you think

Exercise and Depression When you’re depressed, sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed, nevermind even thinking about exercising! When you just want to pull the covers over your head and wait for tomorrow hoping it will be better, running around the block or heading for the gym are not top on your list of favorite things to do.  Exercise and depression…I think not… Ironically, when you’re depressed, you tend to want to do things that are not necessarily going … Continue reading

Depression and Menopause- Can the right foods help?

Depression and Menopause Let’s begin our discussion of depression and menopause by acknowledging that the target market for antidepressants is women.  The antidepressant industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Is it any wonder why doctors prescribe them so liberally rather than discuss diet, supplements, exercise, hormone balancing, etc.? Doctors who practice allopathic, or mainstream medicine are not schooled in nutrition.  The definition of allopathic medicine is  “mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or … Continue reading