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   Posted 12/26/2010 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
does anyone know of any natural herbs or supplements that help depression or feelings of sadness? id rather not go to a doctor to explain my feelings to a stranger, i cant even express myself to my family. i just want to try something more simple first.

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   Posted 12/26/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing is that even with natural remedies, you should talk to a doctor, a naturopath would be the way or holistic medicine. Going to a natural health food store would help. There are calming herbs, 5htp, valarian, and passion vine. There are a lot of natural ways to go. Just do your homework, and read about them. I wish you the best. Natural wasn't the way for me as I do have to take medications, but do have my depression in remission.

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PS exercise is good. Walking, running, skiing. It all gets the endorphines in our bodies going. Very good for depression too.  Also meditation works well, and reading about depression helps too.
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   Posted 12/26/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have run into the same problem. I have issues with talking to evenmy closest friends about issues that I deal with let alone going face to face with some stranger. At the same time though, coming to something like this website I can do because it removes the face to face issue of it. I cringe when put on the spot and all the attention is put on me.

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   Posted 12/26/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing in speaking to a caring stranger is that they have no investment in your life other then to help you, unlike a friend or a family member who might have their own issues to deal with that comingle with yours. If one does not like the manner of one mental health care provider, one can always go to another.
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   Posted 12/27/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
hi justcallmeD

if you wanted to go the naturopathic route, try and see if herbs like gensing, chamomile or st johns wort for anxiety and depression will help you. it can be pulped and sprinkled into a steam bowl and be inhaled and old fashioned chemist will sell them. alternately it is best to see a qualified naturopathic therapist who can advise you further on what other herbs you can use. french lavender or mint leaves are another good few that i use in a steam bowl a lot. they too seem to have relaxing and destressing properties.

i hope this information helps you a bit.

best of luck and many warm hugs to you, arielle.
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   Posted 12/29/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   

There are a lot of herbs that can be used to help curb depression, and maybe even cure it, but if you have a really serious case it can be EXTREMELY difficult to overcome it naturally. I know a lot of people who have tried getting rid of their depression naturally only to come and realize that medicine is the only way, but I also know that many people have been successful with natural remedies.

Talking to a doctor would be your best bet, I think. I know it's uncomfortable, but they know what supplements/natural things to mix to produce the best results for specific situations. If you don't want to see a doctor, I'm pretty sure that Zinc, Magnesium, and fish oils would be the main supplements that they would suggesst to start out with, since those supplements have been proven to improve moods. I'm not sure about herbs. Good luck!!

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   Posted 1/2/2011 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I would try a good multivitamin that contains generous amts of of B-complex. Also add fish oil, magnesium, lots of extra vitamin D3, calcium and SAMe (SAMe is pricey though)
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