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  •  The poster who noted that we aren't therapists (20+ / 0-)

    and can't give clinical advice is correct. But what I would like to do is share a few personal experiences and see if you find anything of use there.

    First, I have some of your wife's qualities and some of yours. Sometimes I'm the rock, sometimes my own PTSD makes me needy. And I have mood swings.

    Next, because of personal health issues I have always been interested more in solutions through diet and nutrition than medical solutions. But sometimes the medical solutions might help. You need your own counselor/therapist. Depression is nothing to ignore, and can deepen suddenly with no outlet. So I hope you will find a therapist that isn't so drug-oriented that can give you some professional perspective on your difficult personal situation.

    Finally, I'll share some of the nutritional things that have helped me. Believe it or not, sugar can impact mood negatively. Some moody people actually have sugar crashes after eating lots of sweets, so I have learned to be careful about my sugar intake because my mood is more balanced.

    Vitamin D3 has been found to impact mood. When a tad 'off', I take between 20,000-30,000units of D3, plus some concentrated fish oil. The fish oil can help with depression. Then I use Holy Basil, which is also called Tulsi when I'm feeling stressed by all the responsibilities I have in my life.

    A diet with more fruits and vegetables eaten raw can also sometimes help clear up thinking. An allergist once told me that many times fuzzy thinking and excess worry can be linked to food allergies and other allergies. When I took some of my allergic triggers out of my diet, I found my thinking cleared up so I didn't worry so much or get so depressed because I felt beleaguered and overwhelmed.

    I don't know if any of this might be of help to you, but I hope you find something that can give you some relief, even if it's talking to a therapist or you get some pastoral counseling if you are religious. Depression is definitely nothing to fool around with, and I hope you find something that gives you some relief from all the stress you are under.

    Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

    by 4Freedom on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:48:02 PM PDT

    •  "But sometimes the medical solutions might help." (1+ / 0-)
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      Do you mean like when someone has a red hot appendix that needs to come out?

      Pls don't be annoyed by this remark of mine. I mean it solely to illustrate what I was writing about in my reply to jbou above, ie. not focusing on the advice that you are trying to provide to lowgun.

    •  Vitamin D has helped me. Sunshine also. (2+ / 0-)
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      And exercise, of course, but if I'm depressed enough, I can't motivate myself to exercise.

      "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:45:14 AM PDT

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    •  And there are other (2+ / 0-)
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      items that can help, like 5 HTP, ashwaganda, rhodiola rosea, and the B vitamins.

      Yoga, meditation, exercise - all these can help when someone is on overload.

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:48:39 AM PDT

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