marka tescil Anxiety and depression are on the rise. Non-drug therapies offer relief.

anxiety and depression: helpful non-drug therapies

Anxiety and depression. It seems these unwelcome visitors intrude on the daily lives of so many people. “More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests.” (CBS News, Dennis Thompson,  April 17, 2017) 

Anxiety and depressionWith anxiety and depression on the rise, it’s important to know the treatment options available. While medicine helps some people, others have found it makes their symptoms worse.

We know our members are smart, resourceful, and dogged in their pursuit for the best remedies, so we asked readers of Pure Facts to share non-drug therapies that have worked for them. We learned some readers overcame their symptoms of anxiety and depression by following the Feingold Program. Others need to add some additional techniques. Here are some of the responses we received:

  • I’ve battled both anxiety and depression through the years. I also had the “SAD” disorder that occurs when there are fewer hours of daylight during the fall and winter months. The lack of good quality light has always affected my mood and worsened any depression or anxiety that I was going through. I find it nearly impossible to stay in a hotel room that has low wattage lights; I usually end up replacing them with higher wattage ones. Through the years I bought somewhat expensive light bulbs through specialty catalogs or health food stores for my bedroom and workroom lamps – the kinds that have the “full spectrum” of light. But recently I made a very happy discovery with the new GE brand “Reveal” light bulbs that I’m able to buy at my local stores and they are only slightly more expensive than regular ones. I could not believe the difference in my mood when we replaced the bulbs in one room of our house (I felt euphoric!) and the way that I felt worse when I had to be in our other rooms with regular “yellowy” light bulbs. The Reveal light bulbs give off more of a bluish light, and the light seems clearer and cleaner. I replaced all the bulbs in our home with the Reveal bulbs, and will not go back to anything else. Even late at night or on gray rainy days, my moods are more stable, and I can definitely attribute this to our indoor lighting. I would not have believed that indoor light quality could affect me so much, and I am so happy to have found a simple solution.
  • I took the antidepressant Zoloft for 9-years to treat mild depression and anxiety. Every time I tried to go off this medication, I felt I just couldn’t do it! No one ever told me that there would be withdrawal effects. A few weeks after I discontinued it, the withdrawal effects were gone. I still had some minor symptoms so when I saw a program about treating menopausal mood swings I tried the supplements they suggested (flaxseed and evening primrose oil supplement,  zinc and magnesium).  I noticed considerable improvement in my symptoms and when I don’t take them I find that I am moodier.
  • I have suffered with both anxiety and depression for about 2 1/2 years and have finally overcome them with the help of homeopathy and light therapy for what I now know is Season Affective Disorder (SAD). I have used SSRI drugs and have tried numerous supplements but homeopathy (and, secondarily, light therapy) have affected a cure for me that none of the other options could.
  • I’ve battled both anxiety and depression through the years. I also had the “SAD” disorder that occurs when there are fewer hours of daylight during the fall and winter months. The lack of good quality light has always affected my mood and worsened any depression or anxiety that I was going through. I find it nearly impossible to stay in a hotel room that has low wattage lights; I usually end up replacing them with higher wattage ones. Through the years I bought somewhat expensive light bulbs through specialty catalogs or health food stores for my bedroom and workroom lamps – the kinds that have the “full spectrum” of light. But recently I made a very happy discovery with the new GE brand “Reveal” light bulbs that I’m able to buy at my local stores and they are only slightly more expensive than regular ones. I could not believe the difference in my mood when we replaced the bulbs in one room of our house (I felt euphoric!) and the way that I felt worse when I had to be in our other rooms with regular “yellowy” light bulbs. The Reveal light bulbs give off more of a bluish light, and the light seems clearer and cleaner. I replaced all the bulbs in our home with the Reveal bulbs, and will not go back to anything else. Even late at night or on gray rainy days, my moods are more stable, and I can definitely attribute this to our indoor lighting. I would not have believed that indoor light quality could affect me so much, and I am so happy to have found a simple solution.
  • Our nine year-old son lived with anxiety and depression for many years but it is minimal now, and we believe the symptoms will continue to disappear. (He was also severely aggressive in the early years, but Feingold took care of that.)

When he was 1 year-old a neighbor watched him part time, and he would want to spend the entire morning in his car seat. I didn’t realize until several years later that this was due to his high fear/anxiety level.

A year later at a larger home day-care, our son refused to eat anything there for the first 2 weeks. I would go to pick him up after work and would find him lying on the living room floor crying because his tummy hurt so bad. The day-care lady said he was “stubborn” and I still did not see the real cause.

By the following year I finally understood that fear drove much of his behavior. I could not walk out to hang the clothes on the line (only a few feet from the house through a large patio door)

without him crying and clinging desperately to my leg. As he got older the fear continued. If I went into the bathroom and shut the door he would stand outside the door and cry (normal for a toddler, but not for a 6 and 7 year-old). Eventually as he got older he would talk to me until I came out, just to make sure I was still alive in there and did not leave him. We took him to the Pfeiffer Center where they found he was very low in zinc. According to Pfeiffer, low zinc is highly linked with anxiety and at extremely low levels can even lead to hallucinations and paranoia. After giving the prescribed dose of zinc for a few months we could see some improvements in his anxiety level, but not nearly enough. A year later we added homeopathy. At first the fear got worse – to the point where our son could not sleep unless his hand was resting on my back to make sure I was still breathing. After a change in homeopathic medicine and about 3 months, we were living in freedom! I could finally walk out to get the mail all by myself. At first my son would watch from the front window and in another month or two he would say, “Go ahead, I’m not afraid anymore.” Sweet music to my ears and something I had just about given up as even being possible. At first I was uncertain and would carry our cordless phone with me just to make sure he was not dialing 911 again just because I was downstairs doing the laundry and he couldn’t see me! Although he is a bit perfectionistic at this point and sometimes worries more than he needs to, it happens less and less. We all enjoy and treasure our simple joys now that he is better. We are very thankful for the Feingold Association as this was the beginning of a long healing process and we still follow the program very carefully.

 

Thank you to the members who contributed their stories. We are sure they will be helpful to many!

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