Long term depression - considering no more medication/natural means of treatment...

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Hi there - I am 35 years old and I was medicated since 17 years old on sertraline, 200mg a day. About 6 months ago I made the switch to Citalopram as the sertraline had gradually stopped having an effect. Citalopram whilst keeping me (just about) functioning are not having any major impact. Doctor has suggested trying another medication. There is a lot more I could type about my circumstances - therapy being taken/taken in past, etc, but my main point for my post is below.

I am genuinely considering stopping taking any more medications (of course this will be done through help of my doctor and responsibly) - does anyone have experience of starting to treat depression through natural means and had results as such? Perhaps through herbal means, meditation, diet etc? What I mean really is non chemical means, non prescription drugs means.

Would love to hear from anyone who has had experience of doing this. Thank you in advance!

Jules

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    One thing I am doing now is taking a course on mindfulness. The chapter right now is about emotions and thought both positive and negative. It is very interesting and I think it might help me. I went off my meds this summer except for something to help me sleep. Best of luck. 
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      Hi Deb thank you for your response! I am putting down 'mindfulness' in my book of things to try...currently going through the dizziness of cutting down medication and everything a bit blurry so will be good to have something to focus on and try, so thank you!

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    Hi Jules, like you I've been on these meds for the last 17 years & like you would love to go down the road of going natural methods, been trying the last year it's been the hardest thing to do with the help of my doctor of course, I have 2 children so always trying to the best by them, it's been bit of a rollercoaster, sleep has been v little despite using sleeping tablets, it's been difficult for me as I just don't know if it's withdrawal symptoms or that I need something, I do hope you find a way without them, wishing you all the best & would love to hear of any successful stories & how they did it, best wishes x

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      Hi Mar - I know exactly what you mean about not knowing is something is withdrawals or a need - my head is a bit mushy at present and I am doubting whether I should continue to taper off the tablets...however then I think, surely something with this much of an impact on my body should be taken out of my system completely! I wish you all the best also and will keep  you updated if anything makes a huge impact on me smile
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    Some supplements you could try are; St Johns Wort [can interact with some drugs], SAMe, 5HTP, Tyrosine, sublingual B12 lozenges, Omega 3 Fatty Acids. You should probably also take a high potency vitamin/mineral supplement just to make sure you're getting everything.  Good luck and hope this helps.   

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