It’s fortunate that depression is finally recognized as a real problem.
There are help lines out there, organizations (Where I live, there is one called Beyond Blue, which is a wonderful initiative) and they are developing drugs to help us cope.
Medical treatment is still in the early stages, though, in my opinion, but at least they are doing something.
That being said, I have tried anti-depressants. I was going through a terrible time, and my partner at the time suggested I see a doctor. He prescribed them to me. I tried several types, but found they did not work for me.
What I found was that it seemed to cut me off from my empathy, and I felt like I was walking around in a vacuum. I also found that it has a negative effect on my moods and certainly didn’t like my body. It was a very unpleasant experience.
I know that anti-depressants certainly help people, but I suspect that many empaths are not doing themselves any favours by taking them.
They mask the symptoms, not heal the causes.
If you are on anti-depressants, do not go off them without medical advice. It can harm you.
As mentioned, I believe that the Bach Flower Remedies would help many with dealing with depression. Personally, I know I’d be a basket case many times over without them. For those who are interested, I will start blogging about them, and all the ways they can be used to help heal depression soon.
The remedies do work well with any other type of treatment, and this is because they don’t work on a physical level, so they are not like homeopaths, drugs, aromatherapy, and the like, each of which has their own particular set of dangers.
That being said, if you wish to try the Bach Flower Remedies, it’s important to note that they are preserved in alcohol. While the remedy itself is completely safe to take, and does not work on a physical level, some people cannot tolerate alcohol.
There are some solutions to this:
You can dilute the remedies into a dropper bottle of water, and then put 4 drops into a glass of water. The alcoholic content is said to be too small to measure.
You can rub the remedies on your wrist or temples or other pressure points. That does seem to work. My partner responds amazingly well, and she’s sensitive to alcohol.
You can try making your own remedies. There are books on that subject.
I understand that the Bach Centre is making non-alcoholic versions of the remedies. Most certainly they have put out Rescue Remedy in different forms now.
If anti-depressants are working for you, then this is a good thing. I just have spoken to too many for whom they do not work for, and they are in an even bigger mess.
Whatever you do, make sure you know exactly what you are doing. Find out as much about them as you can. This is your body and your quality of life you are dealing with.
Depression is an epidemic and not understood enough yet. But it can be cured. I’m living proof of that. (And others I’ve treated, too.)
- Depression series – Empaths and Trauma or why am I clinically depressed? (xeraphax.wordpress.com)
- Depression series – Empaths and the holidays or Where has my holiday cheer gone to? (xeraphax.wordpress.com)
- Empaths and depression – Introduction (xeraphax.wordpress.com)
- 6 Natural Ways to Treat Depression (casapalmera.com)
- I think you out to know I’m feeling very depressed – Marvin, the paranoid android. (xeraphax.wordpress.com)
- Depression series – Empaths and the dark night of the soul or My world is falling apart and nobody even seems to notice. (xeraphax.wordpress.com)
- For Coping With The Stressful Scenarios Of 21st Century (bachflowertherapy.org)