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    good sleep hygiene can help a bit, as can exercise. exercise helps you to release endorphins which can improve your mood.
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    OP i managed to get an appointment with a doc within 24 hours who prescribed anti-depressants. is there no surgeries near you which have a doctor who is on duty for drop ins?
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    (Original post by zippyRN)
    i would echo the advice given by 35mm that illicit pharmacological solutions are not appropriate

    i'd also steer people away from St john's Wort nless taken on the advice of a prescriber, due to the nasty interactions it has with many medicines used in mental health practice.
    The pharmacist said the same thing about St. John's Wort... I'm taking the pill, evening primrose oil, iron suppliments, and a few other things (not as bad as it sounds) but she said it's best to clear it with a doctor.

    Anyway, she gave me Rescue Remedy instead...
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    (Original post by neiljeff123)
    OP i managed to get an appointment with a doc within 24 hours who prescribed anti-depressants. is there no surgeries near you which have a doctor who is on duty for drop ins?
    The practise I'm registered at (near my parents) is 150 miles away, so it's not like I can pop back on my lunch break. I've booked an appointment for Saturday though so just have to hang on until then...
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    I'm not trying to belittle the issue, OP - but crying for two hours doesn't make it depression :p: it makes it a horrible day, but not depression.
    With depression you need to have shown some kind of consistency in this low mood for over 6 weeks.
    However, if you really do feel that you have it, 'over the counter' pills aren't the answer, and nor are prescribed drugs half the time.
    Sabertooth's advice is great. That is the key to it, really.
    I've been on what feels like every prescribed antidepressant under the sun for depression and it's dangerous territory. I'd recommend you try counselling and Sabertooth's advice first. Good luck though.
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    (Original post by malleablegrace)
    I'm not trying to belittle the issue, OP - but crying for two hours doesn't make it depression :p: it makes it a horrible day, but not depression.
    With depression you need to have shown some kind of consistency in this low mood for over 6 weeks.
    However, if you really do feel that you have it, 'over the counter' pills aren't the answer, and nor are prescribed drugs half the time.
    Sabertooth's advice is great. That is the key to it, really.
    I've been on what feels like every prescribed antidepressant under the sun for depression and it's dangerous territory. I'd recommend you try counselling and Sabertooth's advice first. Good luck though.
    I know what you're trying to say, and I'm not convinced it's depression myself yet, it's just what I'm feeling now is very similar to what I felt 2 years ago, I let people tell me it wasn't depression until I got to a point when I was suicidal, an insomniac and progressively alienating myself from people. I don't want to go there again, and I'm just trying to a bit more careful this time.

    As for councselling, I don't know what I'd get out of it, I don't have a 'reason' for my low moods and things, I just want to cry, hysterically, all the time, and that's it.
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    "As for councselling, I don't know what I'd get out of it, I don't have a 'reason' for my low moods and things, I just want to cry, hysterically, all the time, and that's it."

    Hey, you may not know your reason for being sad as you are not aware of it. Remember the subconscious if most of who we are and if you have a good counsellor he/she will be able to show you (I know, I've been there myself). I found my counselling to be extremely rewarding, I learnt alot about myself.
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    st johns wort tea and green tea helps me.
 
 
 
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