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Fighting depression together

Are you dealing with depression? Have you overcome depression? Coming off medication? Need advice and support?

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Please share your experiences with others here. If you're suffering let us know. If you've had success overcoming depression it would be great to hear about that too.

Consider B12

As well as having a great diet made of fruits and vegetables (maybe some flaxseed)and eating enough of them, I recommend people look into B12 supplements. Try to avoid cyanocobalamin B12 and go for the other types (hydroxocobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, methylcobalamin). If you take hydroxocobalamin make sure you're getting enough folate, but don't take folic acid as a supplement as it has been shown to cause harm. Sublinguals or injections are the best.

If you really can't eat enough calories from fruit then turn to starches like sweet potato, rice, oats, or regular potatoes. It's better to be full up on cooked carbohydrates than undereat on fruit in most cases. Your mind and body will suffer if you don't eat enough.

Some info on Iodine you might be interested in http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/thyroid-depression-mental-health/. I don't know about it myself but I guess it's worth looking into.

"Fruit=my anti depressant" - Sandrusia

"low fat, high fruit is the ultimate happy pill" - B

"Eating fruits and veggies are the best way to start a depression-free life" - Jasmin

"Moving is the way to kill depression, anxiety in my case!" - Emmie

"Top 4 depression busters
-LFRV
-Good Sleep
-Sunlight
-Exercise" - Mikey

"Sugar, water, sleep" - Durianrider

Discussion Forum

Who here is actually taking antidepressants?

Started by Kathi. Last reply by Murphie McKinnon Jan 14. 38 Replies

I have been on Lexapro for over 7 years, tried unsuccessfully to wean off several times.  My doctor emphatically states that I will be on it for the rest of my life.... I am determined as heck to…Continue

Panic/Anxiety attacks.

Started by Elizabeth Anne Rose. Last reply by Horseback Hermit Nov 17, 2014. 2 Replies

Okay. I am very pleased with being on LFRV!!! (= its done wonders for me.All my mental craziness has been maintained except one. My panic/anxiety attacks.It happened at work and i was literally…Continue

Tags: suicide, depression, panic, help, fear

Niacin

Started by Made. Last reply by Amy Cooper Sep 1, 2013. 5 Replies

I have read that niacin (vitamin B3) is a natural anti-depressant.Has anyone tried that? How much do you have to take to feel a difference? Is niacin amide as effective as niacin?Continue

B12

Started by Liam G. Last reply by Mark Mar 16, 2013. 7 Replies

Hey all Yesterday I was really struggling with my mental health more so than ever. I did not think anything could help even though I had dealt with depression before and found ways around it when I…Continue

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Comment by Liz Jones on January 14, 2015 at 11:46am

@watzzupsport

Thanks Russell, your advice is helpful.

Liz

Comment by Watzzupsport on January 12, 2015 at 8:31am

Hey Liz Jones

If you allow yourself to drop the word struggle and vegan I would expect your life to look better instantly.  In all areas of our life we meet resistance to "expectations" of how it should go or be. A plant based diet with an exercise and meditation regime attached to it will serve you well to help with your depression issue.

If you reach out..... like you are doing now..... to people who are able to give you support and have an understanding of what you are going through, you are on the right path. 

A state of feeling unworthy has a greater impact on your mental and physical well being, than your "struggle" to stay "vegan."

Cultivating a sense of self worth/ self love has a longer and more positive outcome than "sticking" to a diet or an idealization of a lifestyle.

Regards Russell

Comment by Liz Jones on January 12, 2015 at 3:24am

Hi everyone,

I am having a hard time getting myself to post. Feeling unworthy of being a member of 30bad. I have been battling depression for most of my life, but I've really hit a bottom just over a year ago and I am still in it. Depression, ptsd, anxiety and phobias have warped me into someone I don't want to be.

However, I do believe that everything happens for a reason, even if I don't understand it. Most of the time I can't see the light at the end of this tunnel. Despite the struggle I am experiencing, I am grateful that depression lead me to this HCV lifestyle. 

I mention that I feel unworthy of being a member of this online community because I struggle to stay vegan, nevermind high carb or raw. However, I am determined to stick with this HCV lifestyle because it gave me a renewed hope when I wanted to give up on life. Plus, I have tried a few diets (to lose weight) and they all drove me crazy but this of eating is something that I enjoy. Everytime I 'fall off the wagon' I crave the fruit and get back on board.

Liz

Comment by Emma K Birkey on May 2, 2014 at 5:33am

I've definitely been feeling better more often since I went HC Vegan :) 

Comment by Watzzupsport on March 26, 2014 at 9:58pm

Hey lacy 

I totally agree with brooke and am glad to read you will be in a counselling environment, it is one of the important factors that help with the management of depression episodes.

If you are able to get to a place that you can recognize the thought process that takes you on the spiral to feeling out of control, you are then in a position to change your thoughts.

This can also be applied to your expression of " feeling scared " about gaining weight.

Mindfulness is the glue that holds all the pieces in place for me as I navigate the world and all that it offers up.

Mindfulness is part of the trilogy that also includes understanding raw food nutrition, exercise and energetics.

Let go of the expectations of how things are supposed to be and allow yourself to be okay with what is.

Each persons circumstance is different, I hold out the intention that you will have a good experience with your counsellor enabling you to see that you are experiencing thoughts, that with the correct guidance can be observed and adjusted rather than go unrecognised and unnamed.

Thoughts are "slippery little suckers" and will always track neural pathways of least resistance, recognizing thoughts for being just that.......thoughts....... is a first step to learning not to to re-act to them with familiar patterns causing the unwanted results.  

Please look up the MiCBT protocol that I am referring to I have seen some great results with it. if you need any more information just ask me.

Regards Russell  

Comment by brooke on March 26, 2014 at 3:36pm
Just take things one day at a time and try not to put yourself under too much pressure. Keep up the high carb lifestyle and don't beat yourself up. Give yourself a break and take things slow. A good support network is so important. I understand how it feels to not feel in control and that you just want to push a fast forward button so you can move on to a better time in life but unfortunately life isn't always like that. Trust me,I'm just starting to come out of a 2 year period of depression. Hold on you'll be okay.
Comment by Lacy Hanson on March 26, 2014 at 1:38pm

I was just diagnosed with depression about 3 weeks ago. I have had an eating disorder for 6 years now, which started due to a bad event in my life. I am on medicine right now but have had a bad reaction and I will start counseling tomorrow. I have seen depression in my family and everyone around me has done well. but I am still scared. I feel I have no control in my life anymore not even with food. I'm scared of gaining weight on a high carb diet and always beat myself up mentally over the amount of food I need to eat. But I feel good when I eat this way. Any suggestions on how to not allow depression to control everything?

Comment by Watzzupsport on March 25, 2014 at 8:53am

@ CherylT

There are a few ways to include flax seeds or chia seeds into your diet. As you mentioned put them into a smoothie and use them as a filler, they get " gluggy" when wet and are good for thickening a tart base or dehydrated crackers. Here on the other side of the world Australia we are just going into winter but here in Queensland it is very mild :-) all the best if you would like a recipe let me know and I will post a link here.

@ claire&simple  

Great comment "Mental and emotional well being are really just part of the whole lifestyle" to many people get stuck in the Rawfood will fix everything mantra and forget to connect the energetics and mindfulness that needs to be applied to a balanced " LIFESTYLE "

Comment by Cheryl T on March 25, 2014 at 6:07am

Hello everyone, fighting depression here in Upstate, NY... it's been a long, cold, dark winter literally and figuratively. I'm in a weight loss contest at work and have been a better vegan recently... missing those mentally-numbing foods though.   I've never tried flax seeds or chia seeds or anything like that... what would you add them to?  smoothies? (Crunchy smoothies? hmmm...)   Have great day and looking forward to REAL Spring days!!   :)

Comment by J on January 31, 2014 at 2:33pm

Thank you, Claire&simple, for the great reply.  I truly appreciate your having shared some details.  AND, I must say, very insightful to read that about the turning point.  Also, it's encouraging hearing all those things were helpful.  Thank you again!!!!   Please know what you said... and how you said it.... truly helped.

 

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