I agree with you, Gemsi and Precious Gem.
However, one avenue that keeps one from having to take medications may be major changes in the diet which are very difficult to establish and maintain, particularly if those who need the changes are unaware of how to improve their condition by their diet. The quickest and easiest method of changing the negative to the positive is to take the prescribed medications, then to consider reducing the amount of the meds by controlling the diet in subtle ways until one feels as if he/she is functioning at optimal level.
Depressed people need to learn about neurotransmitters after they have been effectively medicated and do their research to find the other natural ways to heal. So many of us dislike the meds intensely--at least, the side effects. Folks will learn how to manage the side effects if they will give the meds a chance to work.
Exercise is another avenue to assist; I find that very distasteful although I know that its benefits are excellent for feeling tone. (More
on these things later.)
The big three for improving feeling tone and chasing the negative out of one's life are, in my view: proper prescribed medications, diet, and exercise.
Keep up your good work, please, in helping folks on the Depression Forum.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 3/29/2011 2:23:21 PM (GMT-6)