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  1. Eating at Frisch Compassionate Eatery helps too, eh? ;-) I actually like Utah in the winter though. Any excuse to wear sweaters and boots is alright in my book LOL Again, I appreciate everyone's input. I've studied medications extensively as part of my schooling. Hell, I even have to recommend them to people, so I'm pretty well versed in the different types and how they interact with the chemistry in your brain. They just didn't work for me. I think what I need to do from this point is supplement a little (vitamin D & and look up good natural recipes that don't involve processed foods. I mean, sure, I could try and go cold turkey and just eat chicken and veggies every meal. But that is so bland and boring, so I need to find some good ways to shake it up a bit. Unfortunately, it's a hell of a lot harder than I thought. Either that or I'm just a weak willed bastard. I'm kind of leaning towards the latter these days :-)
  2. It's ironic that i'm studying in a Masters program to be a Mental Health Counselor, yet I suffer from depression :-) That being said, I fully endorse medications for people, 100%. You're exactly right that they're stepping stones for people. Hell, I live in Utah and one of the counties here is among the highest rate of anti-depressant use per capita in all of the U.S. LOL They just didn't work for me for some reason, and I tried 5 of them(!). SSRIs, MAOIs, tricyclics, etc. Well... the first couple worked for a while but stopped being effective, and the last few didn't do squat except make me feel trapped in my own head. In October, I went to see a homeopathic specialist who put me on something called Stanum, and it's worked great. No weird side effects or anything. I mean, sure, I still have my down days, but they aren't anywhere near as bad as they used to be and I can at least face the day now. I think that as far as I go, personally, the best thing for me to do is try and incorporate a lot of the advice you've all graciously given me about nutrition. As I stated earlier, I know I eat like crap (pepsi in the morning, fast food on my way to school, etc.) and I need to really work on that. Unfortunately, that's often easier said than done. Being that I'm new here, I figured it best to try and reach out to others who have been in my situation, or something similar. So, again, I sincerely appreciate everyone's advice. Nice to know that there are other brothers and sisters in mental health out there :-)
  3. I appreciate all the input and advice. I've been to my primary care physician a number of times to be checked medically. Clean bill; zero problems with thyroid, etc. I've also tried to take various medications over the past 8 years or so and they really messed me up. They made me feel trapped in my own head so that I would trail off when talking to people, or else I would be able to think precisely of what I wanted to say but struggled to get the words out correctly. I felt like a prisoner in my own mind, which was far worse than being depressed, in my opinion. But I digress. I know I need to cut out eating shit food. I'm horrible at it. I try to limit myself to 2 12oz cans of Pepsi each day while I try to overcome withdrawal headaches. And I eat a lot of food on the go, so junk food. I've heard the Vitamin D before, so I'll give that a try for sure. I'm kind of putting together that I need to adapt more of a whole foods lifestyle and eat lots of veggies, fish, chicken, hell... even beef so long as it doesn't have a bunch of sauces and shyte on it. Anyways... I appreciate all the advice. Please keep it coming :-)
  4. I've tried to look and didn't see any topic threads about this, so I figured I'd ask: Anyone out there changed/modified/revamped their diet to combat depression? What worked? What didn't work? What tips can you give others in the same boat, because, let's face it, there's probably a lot of us here who do/have. I've dealt with depression for a number of years (10+) and am sick and tired of it. The technical term for it at this point is Dysthymia. Irregardless, it's single-handedly ruined my life and I need to do something to change. I know people will say it's a matter of being determined enough to make changes to your life to get over it, and they're right, but only to a degree. Anyone who's seriously depressed knows that the depression cripples you to the point that you don't want to do jack squat about anything. I'm hoping to make some slight changes to my diet in order to kick things up a bit. Tips? Advice? Any other threads I should take note of? I'm hoping to really get a conversation going about this. Thanks, and all the best!!! (soundtrack of the day: Siouxsie and the Banshees - Hyaena)
  5. Greetings from balmy old Utah. Well... compared to other parts of the U.S. right now, 22 degrees sounds downright balmy, but I digress. Heard about this site from a local geek podcast (GeekShowPodcast.com; Give them a listen. Super entertaining) and decided I'd jump on. I've been wanting to get back in to shape for a long while now but lack the proper motivation to do so. In other words, I'm just a lazy ass :-) Truthfully, my motivation these days comes from having a 10 month old daughter who is just the love of my life (aside from my wife). I feel like I owe it to her and my wife to be the best "me" I can possibly be. They deserve to have a father and husband whose health they don't need to worry about every day (i.e. heart attacks, etc). Ideally, I just want to get in better shape but it would be awfully nice to lose some lbs from my tummy. If I could eliminate Pepsi and an urge to eat cookies, I might be alright. But I just need to engage in overall better eating habits. I used to play collegiate level basketball for a small college and am quite embarrassed at the level of unhealthiness I've let my body get to. These days, I doubt I could run to the end of the driveway to fetch the trash can, let alone run a further distance for health purposes. And actually shooting a basketball? Yeah... right. On a personal level, I grew up a "geek" but never really embraced it until about 5 years ago. I love reading comic books (my escape from depression for a few minutes each day), love Doctor Who, Arrested Development, think that Sherlock is the best thing to happen to tv in the last 5 years, and am an avid music junkie who likes listening to things that actually challenge me (Do you hear me, Pop Music? I'm talking to you! You suck!!!). Anyways... I'm glad to be here and look forward to getting to know a few people to share this common bond with and cheerlead each other on, so long as we don't actually dress like cheerleaders. That's a post for an entirely different site, I'm sure. All the best :-)
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