Most of the suggestions are wonderful. I just want to put some education and food for thought out there, because so many of us have been there! I have tried many different antidepressants, SSRI's and currently taking a combo of a cyclic Trazadone and Prestiq(yeah a new guinea pig approved FDA drug). After being on 8 different antidepressants i the last 10 years. I have found that they can be life savers for severe depression. I am 37 and have been practiced on for the last 10 yrs! Remember the medical field Practices medicine, none of it is exact!!I am convinced that they change your brain chemistry so that you cannot get over your next bout of depression without an antidepressant. I am angry about these meds and some of there nasty side effects HOWEVER I am also thankful for them, When you start thinking the ones you love may be better off with you dead, or anything even close to this, Please seek professional help! It is a dark lonely SCARY place to be. Be patient they take time and when you feel a little better you will have your own work to do. Be proactive and educate yourself about depression side effects of drugs that you are asked to take, the including signs and symptoms of mania, or bi polar disorder. It is possible for them to cause (my observation only)manic like symptoms that can cause you to be labelled bipolar. Exercise is the BEST antidepressant of all in my experience. But if you are suffering a moderate to severe depression and someone tells you take a 10 minute walk around the block when you feel like your lucky to have the energy to take a shower in the morning you need help!! This would not be the time to reach for unstudied remedies for depression if for no other reason than you need a doctor monitoring your depression, an ally to help you beat this gripping illness! I obviously believe in herbs and alternative therapies or I would not be on this site, but we are talking about a potentially fatal illness I cannot in good concious recommend anything else. What works for one may not work for another. Some depressed people exhibit symptoms that are vague and even opposite of what may come to mind when you think about depression.I have seen many pts have excellent results with the same meds and dosages that I felt made me much worse. Develop a pratnership with a doctor that is comfortable treating you at your level of depression. This advice( which I am much better at giving than recieving) may save a life. PLEASE TAKE CARE YOU ARE WORTH IT!! I am a hospice nurse, all of us eventually have our time to pass on, nothing is sadder to me than when we pass before GOD was ready to take us to our eternal home. LIVE WELL AND SEEK HAPPINESS FROM WITHIN!!
This might sound dumb but watch children cartoons such as spongebob they will boost ur mood i mean it worked for me and ive suffered frm depression sice i was a young child and once i had my own child i sat down one day and watched the channel he was watchin and i stated to laugh yes it actually made me feel better that day i went out and my mom was like omg u look like ur glowing if this dnt work take walks
5-HTP is an herb that balances out the serotonin in your brain which helps balance you out. It also helps you get a good night's rest.
For mild bouts of depression, I go tanning. The vitamin D in sunshine can make you instantly feel better.
Also.. retail therapy. Nothing makes me happier than a new pair of shoes. (seriously)
Eat a banana, the potasium in bananas makes you happy!!!!
Sunbathing (in a bathing suit, not full clothes) for 20 minutes has never failed to bring very significant relief to my depression and anxiety - besides giving me a pretty color to my skin and clearing up minor skin problems. This, too, cheers me up!
Exercise. Moderate activity will promote higher levels of endorphines in the body. These supposedly act as, so to speak, 'pain-killers' and are good for emotional well-being. The degree of effect will vary from person to person. Nonetheless, exercise is still beneficial to overall health.
My doctor told me that a low iron count can also give symptoms of depression, and to take iron pills, 1 per day. Please be careful with this, as you can overdose on iron. It doesn't work overnight, but will help in a week or two.
One possible treatment for depression (esp. Seasonal Affective Disorder) is increased exposure to full spectrum light. Use unfiltered sunlight or light from a 5000K fluorescent lamp (e.g. GE F15T8-SR held 8-12' from the face for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening).
go for a 30 minute walk. that helps me out. also smile alot and try to talk to strangers. prayer also helps. and caffeine does it, if you feel down.