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teasel
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posted March 27, 2012 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I might write more later - I've been so wiped out, that even with some sleep, I'm almost not functioning.

I was taking Rhodiola about a year ago. At first I thought it wasn't working, but I've remembered that I would feel bad in the morning, and much better in the evening. I had energy, and felt some hope/excited about the year still ahead of me. At some point, I stopped taking it, and I don't remember why. I was reminded of it when reading a book on PTSD, and I need a new bottle.

I drink chamomile tea on occasion, but it used to not only send me to sleep, but leave me with the feeling of a hangover, too. It isn't so bad now, but I'm afraid to use it during the day, in case it sends me off, because when it works, I feel so relaxed that I just want to stay still and enjoy it. It tends to take two cups of the tea to ease a panic attack - the same with Sleepytime tea - but a lot of the time when I make it just to help relax me, I fall asleep before drinking any.

I have Valerian tincture, and I'm going to try that again in a little while, but it depresses my mother.

Flower essences help a lot of the time, at least in the short term. When they help, I tend to experience a turn-around in fifteen minutes, although some take longer. I've run out of my favourites, though - most of them - and am likely to receive them for my birthday.

I had Tulsi tea recommended to me in September 2009, but kept forgetting about it. We had some, and it got lost in the cupboard. I finally let my sister drink it, but I wish I'd remembered - for reasons of both stress and vanity. Had I remembered it, I probably would have had some calmer months. I was also told it would help with the couple of lines that I had on my face at the time, and stress has really done a number on me that way, too. I look older than I am now. At least I think so, and it bothers me a lot.

There was more, especially about mental health versus physical health, and people just not paying attention when you tell them, "I'm not okay. I can't handle that." Ugh. My brain literally feels different when I'm feeling this way - dirty and heavy, like when you're past the fuzzy stages of the flu, and getting into the worst part of it.

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teasel
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posted March 27, 2012 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I meant for others to add to this, if you want to.

I just found this: http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/forum/f11/valerian-65650/

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posted March 27, 2012 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

i might get back to this sometime...

atm, nothing good to add except a hug...

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birdy
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posted March 27, 2012 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for birdy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a good product and it works:
http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWL009/ItemDetail

Gaba is another good supplement thats worked for me.

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posted April 04, 2012 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for otterpus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love this, works every time for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn9HQqE96Rs

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posted April 05, 2012 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Faith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you thin? You might have a Vata imbalance, in Ayurvedic terms. Certain foods are very helpful and soothing, others exacerbate the problem.

What foods can make you anxious? Aspartame, caffeine, raw apples, baked potatoes, beans, a light diet of raw vegetables with not enough fat, microwaved food, chemical preservatives and additives.

Soothing foods include fresh vegetable soup, dairy, whole grain pasta, nut butters...

Just a partial list to introduce you to the idea.

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hippichick
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posted April 07, 2012 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hippichick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I keep wanting to post on this but I just dont know what to say.

Have struggled with both and PTSD as you know for years.

Lexapro really helps me, hate to go the med route, but if it increases my quality of life, then I say why not?

But it is not fail proof. When I find myself in times of trouble, especially with depression I just take care of myself. Read spiritual stuff, meditate, pet my kitties, spend time alone, keep away from society as much as possible cause society can be so negative, put myself in a place of peace and love.

Lexapro really keeps my anxiety at bay and helps with PTSD alot too.

Again its all about the quality of life.

Lexapro just went generic, so it is much, much more affordable now, too!

blessins, teasel~

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posted April 08, 2012 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just listened to a radio show and been checking out the Dr.'s website and books. I think i'm going to get this one after reading all the rave reviews on Amazon.

You might want to look into it too.

Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions

http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Emotional-Healing-Acupressure-Emotion s/dp/0767903927/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
http://www.drgeorgepratt.com/

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posted April 08, 2012 05:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By Paul (USA) - See all my reviews

I have found this book to be exceedingly helpful for many daily problems such as stress, anxiety, and procrastination. It is hard to believe that the simple protocols given in the book can result in such quick and complete relief, but they do. I have a hard science background (biochemistry) and do not give much creedence to fads and new age cures. After reading and trying the methods presented in "Instant Emotional Healing", I wish that I had found out about this field long ago. I have tried some of the protocols on friends with the same result. The book is well written and presented. All of the techniques presented are well documented and contain easy to understand illustrations. The book also contains a complete bibliography with references to research on which the book is based, as well as a glossary and a list of resources. Another nice feature is that book owners can access the author's "members" webpage. I highly recomend this book!

5.0 out of 5 stars This REALLY WORKS!, February 15, 2003

I'm not one to dash out and buy the latest gadget I see on an infomercial. Nor am I into pop psychology, I'm-ok-You're-ok mode of thinking. But I was at a point where I thought something like this book could help me. This book was featured on one of the daytime talk shows (can't remember which). The authors were interviewed, and various patients gave their testimonies. Although I was not fully convinced, I figured the book was worth a try.
The beginning part is like a pep talk--I skipped that and read about the methods employed to help yourself in certain stressful situations. This book is excellent and the methods used to heal specific emotional problems WORK! I was skeptical until I tried the exercises and felt the results. They are effective even on a short-term basis; even more so on a daily basis. I would give this book 10 stars if I could.


This book is outstanding. It challenges old thinking and encourages you to explore a new paradigm. The material ia easy to follow and the instructions are very accessible. Why be uncomfortable one moment longer when you can have instant emotional healing.

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Ami Anne
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posted April 08, 2012 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ami Anne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think that forcing oneself to express one's inner self helps alleviate depression. Depression is a kind of isolation from oneself, first of all, and then others. My Yoga teacher says it is when we feel we cannot express who we are. I found this to be very profound and to be true.

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posted April 08, 2012 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been said that depression is anger that never had an outlet or anger turned inside out.

Depression is many things and different for every person depending on their life and how they were raised.

Stress, anxiety issues are other cans of worms but they all have the same root.

I'm not so sure about it being that one can't express who they are, or "forcing" them to do that. Maybe for some people that's what it is.

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Alma Sun
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posted April 08, 2012 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alma Sun     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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"The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind." Friedrich Nietzsche

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posted April 08, 2012 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alma Sun     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, and physical exercises help. Like punching, kicking etc. Let loose, don't be afraid to let your out.

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posted May 07, 2012 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TrueTaurus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amie Anne is right. When we cannot express ourselves then the inhibition creates doubts, assumptions, misunderstandings, and a cycle of obsessive negative thoughts about us not being good enough. But even if it isn't so particular, I think that depression has a lot to do with feeling a void and lack of connection.
Despite how we feel: as if there is nobody there or that people won't understand, if we open up and share how we feel, most often then not, people will open up too.
I'm farthest from extroverted, but I am friendly and open. I realized that the key to rich relationships, and hence a fulfilling life is connecting and bonding. I think that depressed people hate superficiality and avoid seeing people, but I think what they need most is to be with others. It'll help with the loneliniess.
But at the same time, it's important to find peace within ourselves and accepting that in the end we die alone. That's is not to say in the depressive negative sense. We need to take responsibility for our own lives: taking charge and being responsible for our own happiness.
As for anxiety, I have a lot of it. I help manage it by talking, being alone, meditating, and chanting. Deep breaths help a lot as well. But since I've suffered from it for such a long time, I'll be seeing a psychiatrist for some external help. No body should have to live with depression and/or anxiety.

Peace and love,
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Gracelives
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posted May 20, 2012 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gracelives     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Melissa/Lemon Balm herb capsules

For ayurveda I am vata/kapha so I mellow out usually with vata tea for nerves.
http://www.mapi.com/maharishi_ayurveda/products/ayurveda_herbal_remedies/vatatea.html

The PDF is slow-loading so be patient http://www.ayurveda.com/pdf/intro_ayurveda.pdf

about ayurveda http://www.ayurveda.com/online_resource/index.html

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hippichick
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posted May 23, 2012 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hippichick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will forever remember a statement that Osho made.

To the jist of, depression is almost unheard of in the "third world" countries, and he spoke of India as well, and the lower casts.

He mentioned depression was pandemic in the US.

He theorized that in the US, we are brought up to xcell, succeed, "keep up with the Joneses" etc.

Where as in much of the other parts of the world they will never..cause that is the way it is and always has been.

So there is no room for depression, cause there is no place for continually seeking, they have what they will always have.

I can see his point.

Lest not forget, there are such things as hormonal imbalances as well, which is my particular issue.

terri~

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teasel
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posted July 15, 2012 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, everyone. I'll be back to respond properly at some point.

Alma, I was missing kick-boxing just the other day.

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