When Happy just won’t happen…..


dream We all get into ruts, we even have a couple of days when it feels like your whole world has fallen apart. But typically we drag our selves up by our boot straps and carry on. Then there are other times when those blues turn into… a dark lingering hole we can’t find our way out. Maybe you can’t put your finger on how this happen, you woke up one day and you were depressed, or you had life altering changes that caused the depression.. Depression is like this:

Daily tasks start to be so hard. Starting with getting out of the bed, even that is hard, getting work done, our chores done, the kids and husband/ wife, shopping… it just gets so overwhelming that you just want to return to bed and pull the covers back over your head and stay there. Then when you can’t get these things done, then it makes you more depressed. So when things start to get like this, this is not your typical blues it is depression. It is a nasty word no one likes to talk about, but awareness is key in a diagnosis. There are all types of depression and treatment options. But none will work if you don’t get diagnosed and follow your plan… Even.. heaven forbid.. MEDICATION>….

No one likes to admit they need help, especially help from medication to treat depression. But before we get into medicinal treatments… You guessed it.. let’s try a more holistic natural approach. ****Note if you are having thoughts of suicide don’t wait go to the doctor…******* But if you are not having suicidal thoughts you can start a holistic approach to dealing with depression.

Starting with getting up, dressing up, and showing up!! Yes get your but out of bed even if you feel like you been dragged by a Mack truck. Shower, dress and put on clothes! You heard me get out of those pj’s. Now walk to the bed… STRIP IT! yes i said strip it, that way it is naked and you wont be tempted to jump back in.. put it in the washer.

Nutrition and diet:

I recommend a complex Vit. B. Also you may need to add some Vit. D which can be found in your local SUN.. go outside… you can also use a supplement. Now more you need a multi vitamin, cod liver oil, probiotics, and raw enzymes. St. johns wart is also help ful in fighting the blues. Your diet should stay organic eating plenty of dark, colorful robust vegi’s. If you eat meat of course choose antibiotic free, and hormone free. Eggs and milk same… Steer clear of sugars and caffeine as these can cause spikes in blood sugar and make you feel good and then crash and burn. I love hot tea… herbal is so good. Try a cozy chamomile … to brighten your mood.

Meditation and Yoga:

I love my yoga matt, many hours have been spent working out stress and other negative energy. It is a spiritual thing for me.

Exercise:

start a program and stick with it starting with at least 30 minutes a day then increase as you feel better. 

Counseling:

Talk to someone, get your issues resolved, you may not even understand what is wrong untill you start hashing it out.. It can be a professional or a spiritual advisor.

If symptoms don’t subside you need to contact your provider. It is quiet possible you will need medication. I have explored a few in this article and this is how they stack up against each other.

Prozac: Once a prozac nation, we have all simply heard this fade away. It however is still used.  This is how it works. Prozac  is in a class called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). The well-knownFluoxetine (Prozac) is a member of this class. SSRIs work on the serotonin balance by inhibiting a transporter called SERT that selectively pumps serotonin back into the neuron. Yep fancy I know..  You can also use this link to find out about prozac:  http://www.brainphysics.com/howprozacworks.php

Also in this class is Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil. 

The other classes are:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) include amitriptyline (Elavil),desipramine (Norpramin), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and imipramine(Tofranil). Like reuptake inhibitors, tricyclics seem to block the reabsorption of serotonin and epinephrine back into nerve cells after these chemicals are released into a synapse. Because of the potential side effects, your doctor might periodically check yourblood pressure, request an EKG, or recommend occasional bloodtests to monitor the level of tricyclics in your system. These medicines might not be safe for people with certain heart rhythm problems.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) include Emsam, Marplan,Nardil, and Parnate. These drugs seem to work a little differently. Monoamine oxidase is a natural enzyme that breaks down serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine. MAOIs block the effects of this enzyme. As a result, the levels of those neurotransmitters might get a boost.
The downside is that MAOIs also prevent the body’s ability to break down other medicines metabolized by this enzyme (such as Sudafed, or stimulants) — raising the risk for high blood pressure — as well as an amino acid called tyrosine, which is found in certain foods like aged meats and cheeses. MAOIs also shouldn’t be combined with other medicines that can raise serotonin (such as certain migrainemedicines, or other antidepressants), because that can cause a buildup of excessive serotonin (called “serotonin syndrome“), which could be life threatening. You can find that here on web md.. http://www.webmd.com/depression/how-different-antidepressants-work?page=2#2

So now let me tell you about this pill my friends have told me about.. now don’t know how much of this is true, but they swear by it. Okay I am just gonna say it …it is called the “happy, skinny, sexual enhancing Pill”  yes, you are supposed to get happy, have lots of sex and drop tons of weight …..yes sound like a miracle. Now I don’t know it for the truth except that I am a nurse and when I give medication the females at least didn’t care if any pill was in their cup except … Wellbutrin.. it is supposed to be amazing. Like I said talk to your provider and they will prescribe what is best for you. 

Here are some Resources/references/ links/information on Depression:

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-and-types

http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/natural-treatments

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-treatment-care

The sun will shine again.. you will be yourself again.. you will smile again… you will be okay… you will laugh again…