I'm currently seeing a Naturopathic Doctor, and she has me on SAM-E, as well as Mega Omega Fish Oil pills (contain fatty acids EPA and DHA, very good for brain and heart functioning, helps against depression), B-Complex #5 (great mix of B-vitamins, loaded w/ B6 and B12), and Inositol powder, which helps against panic disorder, depression, and OCD. I find that all of these natural supplements, combined with a much improved, consistent diet (lots of fruits and vegetables, organic food, + 8-10 glasses of water a day) and exercise has helped me tremendously in my fight against depression. What's more, I haven't even started any type of counseling or therapy, nor am I on any medications, besides the natural supplements listed here. I am in the process of seeking help for myself, and I know I can win. Keep the faith.
By the way, if you live in Southern California, you can see the doctor I'm seeing, or go to the place I'm going. I love it there: the Institute of Progressive Medicine, located in Irvine, CA. The website can be found here: http://iprogressivemedicine.com/ and my doctor can be found here: http://iprogressivemedicine.com/meethedoctors.htm . She is near the bottom: Julie Khan. I think she's fantastic, and she's been a much better help than my original doctor who only shoved Xanax XR down my throat when I told him of my anxiety/depression symptoms. Good luck.
EDIT: I should throw this in as well: I went up north for a 2-day vacation w/ family, and as an "experiment" decided to leave my supplements at home, and while I was up there I got no exercise and ate crap like Carls Jr. and pizza. Well, sure enough, today was my WORST day of depression in a long time. The supplements really do help, as does exercise and a healthy diet. The B vitamins are essential to fighting depression, particularly B12. I've talked w/ several people who've had their depression "cured" just by restoring their depleted B12 levels. Sometimes it is just a chemical imbalance. I just took a comprehensive Amino Acids test, so that I will know EXACTLY where the imbalance lies in my mind, and what acids I'm missing. I highly recommend this kind of test for people who think their depression is due to chemical imbalance in their brain. I'd also highly recommend getting some sort of B vitamin supplementation. I tell you, since I've been on SAM-e and the B-vitamins, I've gone from being depressed and not knowing why, to being happy and not knowing why. I've only been on them for two weeks too. Anyway, GOOD LUCK.
Post Edited (Jarrett) : 6/4/2005 1:13:53 AM (GMT-6)