After 1st DS, I tried 2 different chemical anti-depressants, and either (or both..?) made me depression a zillion times worse. I think one was paxil, and the other *may* have been prozac, but not quite sure.
I am scared of/intimidated by chemical prescription anti-d's, now, and only know of st. johns wort. Is there anything else anyone has had success with?
If you like herbs and supplements, find a naturopath or an accupuncturist in your area (word of mouth is best -- go to MDC's finding your tribe for your area).
Also, check out your local library for books on the subject.
Jen 47 DS C 2/03 04/29/08/ DD S 10/28/09 DH Bill '97.
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I was disappointed that nothing was working for me as far as herbs or homeopathy - my depression was rather severe.
Hypnotherapy not an instant feel better thing. But it facilitates getting issues out *very* quickly and effectively. So I felt "better" after the first session, but stuff I've been ignoring in the depression has been coming up to be handled. (As a comparision, each session seems to me roughly equvalent to at least a year of integrative therapy plus meds.) So while it's not as easy as get hypnotized and then walk away with a perfect life, I've been able to make some real and long overdue changes in my thinking, life, marriage, etc... And in a very brief time.
In addition, I'm now taking some flower remedies specific to my situation, and giving DS his own as well.
Hope this helps a bit. Good luck finding the right thing for you!!
Jen - Mama to V (b. 2-18-09) and AJ (b. 10-9-11) Wife to DH
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Bach Flower Essences
Eating better (less sugar)
What did the trick:
Moving to a new state. Not that that is an option for most people but I had been living in a horrid environment. Think far out suburb of NYC with lots of nasty people and lots of traffic and congestion. I was scared to leave the house. I now live on a farm in the country. Within the first week my husband was amazed at how different and more happy I was. And still am 4 years later.
The ration of DHA to EPA is 4:1 which is important for depression, the higher the ratio the better it is at battling depression. Often when you are nursing you get depleted in Omega 3...
I actually came to this forum specifically to share a link to a site that's a great resource for self-medicating with homeopathy!
Here's the page on PPD:
I have found homeopathy to be helpful for a lot of things, so now I'm stocking up on a few things especially for my upcoming pp period...
best wishes to you.
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