Nancybri, I have suffered with bouts of depression all of my life. A few years ago one of my doctors recommended exercise as the remedy and with his approval I stopped taking the Paxil I was on. The Paxil also relieves anxiety. Within a week I was smoking cigarettes again, after nine years of quitting. It was a battle to quit smoking but I did finally. I am doing well without the medication now.
Avoid alcohol of any kind. Eat green leafy vegetables. Lift small weights as well as aerobic exercise.. Get fresh air and sunshine. Take fish oil. Avoid sugar, and white refined flour. Talk to friends.
Depression is a serious illness, and it can lead to other issues. Fatigue and increased,or decreased appetite, headaches, body aches are just some of the symptons. It can also be a sympton of an underlying illness like cancer. It is caused by an imbalance in brain chemistry, depletion of serotonin levels, and is nothing to mess around with. I urge you to get checked out by a doctor.
Stay strong, stay focused.
If I can do this for a minute I can do this for a month.
"The food will always be there. Anything I want so badly will still be there tomorrow." Pam Turner
"The only reason you will never lose weight is if you quit trying." Kim Benson