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Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs? CJ Nightowl

Posted by JLx on April 7, 2003, at 9:07:16

In reply to Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?, posted by CJ Nightowl on April 7, 2003, at 0:26:58

>I need a magic pill! I want to be motivated. I want to clean my house. I want to go back to work and I want to go shopping! I want to do all these things, but I just can't motivate myself to get going and doing them. All advice is appreciated!
> CJ

I have been where you are and I've tried Prozac and found the side effects intolerable and the antidepressant effect inadequate.

I feel like a broken record with this, but it's my experience: the "magic pill" for me was magnesium glycinate. I felt a hundred times better in one day. This means I must have been very deficient in magnesium, which is not surprising as I was taking a multi-vit/min that had a poorly absorbed form of magnesium, and was eating a lot of calcium rich foods with little or no magnesium rich foods. There are other relevant dietary changes I've made and I am tweaking as I go along, but magnesium was the key for me. I am no longer depressed and cleaning my house - finally. :) This is the website where I got my information initially: "Rapid Recovery From Severe, Stress-Induced Depression Using Magnesium"

If nothing there rings a bell with your experience, I'd also suggest the book "Depression Free Naturally" by Joan Mathews Larson. One of the interesting features of this book is that it describes different kinds of depression based on their causes. She has a checklist for instance, with many variables from "sighs a lot" to "task completion is hard" to "feels better to skip breakfast". Depending on what you check, different chapters may apply where she advises various natural remedies.

I wish I'd read that book in 1999 when it first came out. There are others with similar info. Here is a page of books recommended by a woman who cured her own depression naturally:\

"Alternative Mental Health" is also a good site. They have many good articles and a data base of practitioners:

If you prefer a psychological approach, I recommend Richard O'Connor's book, "Undoing Depression". Whatever choices you make, good luck to you finding effective relief. :)




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