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  1. Reminds me of a story. My aunt was upset and angry at my cousin for being so lazy. My cousin was very lethargic, he did not want to do anything, and he spent all day in bed. Exasperated she took him to the hospital where he died a few days later.
  2. Wellbutrin will reduce anxiety in some persons.
  3. No do not see an "nutritionist". Use of the title "nutritionist" is unregulated. Any quack can call themselves a nutritionist. See a dietician. For some unknown reason, the website would not allow me to combined these two posts.
  4. I have done some clinical studies, but not for anxiety or depression. At the time I was a poor student and wanted to make some extra money. I stopped doing it because I did not get paid for one of the studies. (They said they had run out of money.)
  5. Doctors typically won't prescribe Adderal until everything else he has tried has failed.
  6. I have taken both Synthroid and Armour Thyroid. 25 mcg is a small dosage. So small you likely will not notice any difference. My guess is your doctor will likely slowly ramp up the dosage. If you have an underlying heart condition and if the dosage is increased too fast there is a very small chance of a heart attack. I have not had any weight problems for many years. However, I am in a constant battle to keep my weight down. Losing weight is a very big topic. One recommendation is to avoid all sugar and caffeine. They make you hungry. And, to snack on items that contain protein. Protein reduces hunger. You will definitely loss weight in the short term on the Atkins diet http://forum.lowcarber.org/. However, you may find the Atkins diet difficult to stay on for an extended period of time.
  7. Hasmimotos means you have antibodies attacking your thyroid. I suppose it is possible for your thyroid to be functionally well while under antibody attack. I am not sure why thyroid hormone would be prescribed if your thyroid is operating normal. However, with Hashimotos the antibody attack tends to get worse and the attack may vary in intensity. Your doctor might be trying to replace your body's unreliable thyroid hormone with a stable external source. If you supply external thyroid hormone your body will tend to stop its own production. A problem with thyroid replacement is that at a particular prescribed dosage all your test results might be normal but you can still feel like crap. If you have depression your doctor needs to know this and try to adjust the dosage to try and get rid of the depression. And, always take medical information provided from anonymous persons on the internet with a grain of salt.
  8. You left off the option that you do not believe that there is a "cause". Why does there need to be a cause?
  9. I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism which is pretty similar. IMHO, what happens is your body slows down making it difficult to do anything and the lack of activity eventually causes depression. The good news is that your hypothyroidism and likely depression can be "fixed" with some synthroid. The only issue being getting the dosage level properly adjusted. Yes, there is a lot of nonsense on the internet on this subject.
  10. I recommend joining a running club. There are lots of them and they will motivate you to keep running. While depressed most people do not feel much like talking. However, it is perfectly acceptable to run with a group, never say a word, and be accepted by the group as a valued member. (There are members of my group that never say anything.) I told a friend I joined a running group to get some assurance that running up to two hours per day wasn't a crazy thing to do. My friend responded that it is a crazy thing to do, I have just found a group of people who are as crazy as I am.... which I thought was hilarious.
  11. Are others using exercise as a treatment for depression? Clinical studies have shown that exercise has resulted in 90% recovery from depression after 10 months, compared to only 55% when using medication only: https://www.madinamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Exercise%20treatment%20for%20major%20depression.pdf "Associations between exercise and mental well-being have been documented repeatedly over the last two decades. More recently, there has been application of exercise interventions to clinical populations diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders with evidence of substantial benefit. Nonetheless, attention to the efficacy of exercise interventions in clinical settings has been notably absent in the psychosocial treatment literature, as have been calls for the integration of these methods within the clinical practice of psychologists." http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2850.2006.00021.x/abstract I run between an hour and an hour and one-half per day, more on weekends.
  12. Why is there no place for alternative treatments discussion on this board? It is unlikely your doctor would have any interest in alternative forms of treatment that does not make the doctor any money. AFAIK, this board is not making any money off its members.
  13. The only forms of treatment mentioned on these boards seems to be either drugs or talk therapy. There does exist other know effective types of treatment. Exercise has been shown to be as effective as many AD drugs. My brother is a Professor of Psychology and he has used light to treat his patients. Massage has been known as an effective treatment. etc. Am I missing something?
  14. Tianeptine is available in the United States. Tianeptine has not been approved by the FDA and is not regulated. Which means you can't get a prescription for it, but you can legally purchase it from various places including ebay.
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