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  •  I have found that Yoga and MIndfulness (1+ / 0-)
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    HAVE DONE WONDERS for my depression and have enabled me to cut back on the megadoses of psychopharmaceuticals my first pdoc had me on. My god, at one point I was on 4 drugs. HUge doses of Effexor, Wellbutrin, Trazadone all tied together with Ativan.

    I'm down now to 75 Mg of Effexor XR and 1 mg of Klonopin which I have gotten down to .5 before both my parents became seriously ill necessitating numerous trips cross country.

    So I live in Bay Area as well.  Would love to help you out in finding resources.

    Meditation and Yoga are totally IT!!

    My plan is to be med free within a year. And that's after almost 20 years on meds.

    RIP Nelson Mandela

    by boatsie on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 12:59:34 PM PST

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    •  Giving up gluten can also help some people (1+ / 0-)
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      They are starting to discover that gluten affects mood disorders in sensitive individuals.  You might want to try that to see if it helps.  although I don't have a problem with addiction, I know I feel more positive and sleep better now that I've gotten off the gluten completely.

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      by Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 03:54:27 PM PST

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      •  I am off gluten. So odd that you bring up (0+ / 0-)

        when I first experenced my most major depressive episode they had me give up gluten. Back then it was very difficult, not like today.

        But my diet these days is gluten free, sugar free, high protein, a HUGE challenge because I am vegetarian, was vegan but had to add some things to get more protein and more choices.

        Sleep deprivation was and continues to be the major precipitating factor in my mood (dis)orders.

        RIP Nelson Mandela

        by boatsie on Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 05:13:29 PM PST

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    •  I've been thinking about yoga for a while.... (1+ / 0-)
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      I am not a spiritual person, so I think of approaching it from more of a fitness, flexibility and mind/body control aspect. I'm obese. I used to be surprisingly agile and fast for a fat man, but at 31, not so much anymore. I'd love to give it a shot.

      I think getting back into exercise, and hopefully some competitive team sports might help me out.

      •  approach it from fitness is what i did (1+ / 0-)
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        but found spirituality through it. Now I gave up my gym membership and instead joined my local yoga studio. The bliss i find in some yoga is akin to the bliss from some drugs and something you can teach yourself to attain through practice.

        Call it spiritual, call it endorpins. Its wonderful. No negative side effects.

        RIP Nelson Mandela

        by boatsie on Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 05:15:14 PM PST

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