So I’ve recently been diagnosed with depression. I’m glad I was, rather than suffering through it for longer.
I was prescribed Prozac, one of the most popular anti-depressants on the planet.
My anti-depressants. On the left the 10 MG in the middle the 20 MG. Once I switched to 20mg I started having all the side effects. I tried it for 1 month. Now that I’m going off it, I have to down size back to 10 MG and slowly ease off. Next I am switching to natural SSRI’s, which is what Prozac/Fluxonil is.
I want to take this moment to tell all the people that work with me, that the reason I’ve been blase about work, leaving early, not calling, not caring, is due to the side effects. At the same time, I am happier in my personal side in a unique kind of way. Its not bad. However I am also having other side effects such as having to change my clothes as I'm sweating too much. Serotonin also affects sleep and my sleep cycle has gone haywire. I am willing to try an alternative for these reasons, but I know the doctor will just prescribe another SSRI class of anti-depressants. So I’m trying to go natural. Instead of trying a different chemical anti-depressant why not try natural next?
My research is showing that nutrition and natural supplements can cure depression, with similar chemical reactors (SSRI) as the Prozac pill, but natural with no side effects.
I’m going to take 350mg x 3/day of the herb St. John's Wort plus home-made Tryptophan boosting fermented foods like German sauerkraut. Turns out that Seratonin, the happy molecule which Prozac boosts in my head, is actually not mostly found in head, but mostly found in gut. 90% of it. So the nutritional based science says, why not boost the 90% in your gut. We cannot prove right now how it will go to the brain, but the brain and the gut are connected through the vagus nerve. So these things are at the cutting edge of nutritional science.
But I am a believer to try to use my own body to try these things. Seeing my various family illnesses and no cures with medicine, I have enough motivation to keep trying with nutrition based therapy.
I will suggest to anyone feeling down to get yourself checked out. Yes I am having side effects, and there are many types of options available. I am going for the natural one in this case, if it doesn't work I will go for another chemical one. But yes, I do feel happier and am surprised I kept going for so long without seeing a doctor.
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