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Old 06-21-06, 05:56 AM   #1
 
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Default Helping Depression without medication

There have been occaisions throughout my life when I consider that I have been mildly depressed or in a bad funk.

I have never taken specific depression medication but I have found that rigourous exercise has helped. I try to maintain an exercise program an d of course, it has many other benefits.
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Old 06-21-06, 09:01 PM   #2
 
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Has exercise helped reduce the depression or anxiety? I've heard exercise releases endorphins, a type of chemical that produces the feeling of happiness in the brain. I've wanted to talk to someone who has actually successfully dealt with depression with exercise.
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Old 06-23-06, 09:51 AM   #3
 
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I have to say that when I was able to drag myself to the gym, I did feel A LOT better...but I feel too selfish about it, so I opted to do this:

take a walk in the morning to take out the trash, take a walk in the evening to check the mail...I just take the long way. :)

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Old 06-23-06, 12:12 PM   #4
 
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Jane, wow...how far do you have to go to take the long way to the mail box and the trash can?
I've noticed that changing my diet helps a bit. Like now I eat whole grain breads instead of those carbs with empty calories like white bread and rice. I eat more fruit and vegies. I seem to have more energy to get things done. Getting things done helps lift my spirits a tiny bit.
I can't seem to get myself out for a walk yet.
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Old 06-23-06, 05:11 PM   #5
 
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Exercise has been my life-saver. Last year I was so down down down and as I cried on my bed, I realized I had gained 30+ pounds and had become totally inactive.

Now - if a day goes by without 30 minutes of doing something rigorous, I nearly jump out of my skin. It truly makes a difference.

And amazingly, as I was telling Chris on another forum, eating vegetables and fruits really do make a difference. You mean mom was right?

Go forth and work out.

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Old 06-26-06, 11:18 PM   #6
 
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i have found that in general simply taking the first step and pursuing my interest with effort has been the problem since i always feel im not interest in anything if i give enough effort to take the first step and pick up that book or the phone or the dumbell or the guitar it feel better after a while...
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all together aren't we?
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:oops: sorry, i'll try to be more positive
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Old 07-01-06, 07:18 PM   #9
 
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Exercise helps a great deal with depression....and good nutrition helps too. When I am really depressed, I read the Psalms in the Bible. King David used to struggle alot with depression too so I take comfort in knowing that even a man who became a King struggled with what we all feel. What David did was continually remind himself that God would once again lift him up and bring joy to his life. The Psalms also talk about how God is close to those who are broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. All we have to do is let him by allowing him to comfort us in our dark times. (and coming here is allowing Him to use other people to help us all heal).

I think everyone has dark times...just some of us have longer dark times than others do. I think people who are most capable of loving the mose are those who struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts....we feel things deeply.

I hope I have not offended anyone with my "suggestions". Just that they help me when I have those "I wanna die" days. And today was one of them for me....but just coming here and reminding myself of God's love has lifted my spirits some.
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Old 07-01-06, 09:51 PM   #10
 
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Why would you think that your suggestions would offend anyone? You are fine.
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