Antidepressant alternatives: Natural drug-free first aid kit for depression and anxiety

The loss of my mother-in-law recently prompted me to relook at depression and anxiety. Certainly there is a difference between temporary grief and chronic depression but the two can feel similar. I took antidepressant Paxil for years and my husband was on Lexapro and Wellbutrin. I gained 100 pounds during the time on the drug and also lost a stillborn child. So those were both obviously depressing but it was more than just that. Paxil (paroxetene) made me disoriented and lethargic.

So I searched out natural antidepressant alternatives. Here's my supplement and herbal first aid kit for depression. Using five simple "ingredients" my husband and I have been able to wean off antidepressants and treat anxiety. It's not a perfect solution but then nothing is--and it's certainly better than where we were. We're actually happier off the happy pill! Here's what you need:

magnesium (preferably powdered effervescent magnesium--we use Mellow Mag by True Goodness)
vitamin B complex with extra B-12
vitamin D
St. John's Wort
Kava Kava (found primarily at health food stores)

We also work to eat healthier and keep refined sugar and processed foods out of the diet. 

How quitting antidepressants healed depression which sparked my weight loss

I've never been what you'd call a confident person. I might give the impression of positive self-image, but it's a mask I where to keep people from seeing how really fragile I am emotionally. But one thing that has boosted my self-esteem is weight loss. I <---lost ----="" 100="" and="" confetti="" dance="" do="" joy="" of="" pause="" pounds="" that="" the="" throw="" to="">

I feel prettier now. Not beautiful--operative suffix pretty-ER. I have also noticed that I have become more self-aware as I gain confidence. I'm more mindful of how I speak and don't babble nervously as much as I used to. Even my writing has improved because I can think more clearly. That's partly due to quitting anti-depressants and switching to herbal, healthier mood management.

St. John's Wort, magnesium, kava kava and B-12 have eased depression so much more than Paxil ever did. And they don't cause weight gain--of which the medical community doesn't warn you--like Paxil and other SSRI. And let me tell you, that IS depressing. So quitting the antidepressant helped me get out of the drug-induced mind fog, see the weight gain clearly so I could lose weight which reduced anxiety, panic attacks and depression which helped me see everything more positively and think more clearly, which helped...you get the idea. It's been a

happy spiral up instead of a vicious cycle down. #winwinwin


'My 600-lb Life' obesity weight loss proves sugar detox in heroin rehab works

The reality TV show "My 600-lb Life" has been instructive on many types of weight loss issues. The recent issue of Marie Claire underscored the value of Dr. Now's gastric bypass diet for treating obesity and diabetes. The article "Sugar High" likened sugar to heroin in addictive property and showed how rehab strategies, such as patients undergo on the TLC show, may be more effective than eating disorder clinic methods.   'My 600-lb Life' obesity weight loss proves sugar detox in heroin rehab works

Anna Duggar welcomes son as Josh Duggar fails 'Counting On' incest lawsuit

Mrs. Anna Duggar welcomed her fifth child in less than auspicious circumstances. One day after her husband Josh Duggar was banned from joining his molested sisters in their incest lawsuit, their son arrived. "Counting On" stars Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy-Anna Duggar are suing police over Josh's pedophilia. But the ex "19 Kids and Counting" Duggar Family is putting a happy-normal face on it.   Anna Duggar welcomes son as Josh Duggar fails 'Counting On' incest lawsuit

'My 600-lb Life' patient blames obesity on poverty, weight loss fail on GoFundMe

As "My 600-lb Life" gears up to explore weight loss successes in season 6, one patient's fail may be just as enlightening and surprise Steven Assanti. It's LaGordis Pellegram who was accepted on "My 600-lb Life" and started a GoFundMe to pay for bariatric surgery costs. Many reality TV [VIDEO] patients like Chad Dean have successfully fundraised to pay for travel costs or skin removal plastic surgery. But this young mom didn't raise a dime. And the reason illustrates the difference between weight loss success and failure.   'My 600-lb Life' patient blames obesity on poverty, weight loss fail on GoFundMe

Ashley Graham fuels debate over plus-size model vs. obesity weight loss in bikini

 Ashley Graham is polarizing again (and looking arguably hot doing it). The plus-size model donned an itty-bitty string bikini, cellulite and all. She hinted to Victoria's Secret that it's time for an overweight model to grace their runway. And that is provoking debate over obesity dangers, weight loss and big body love. Graham's sexy photoshoot gave rise to another dilemma: How can Ashley rock a string bikini at a solid 250 pounds when other "fat people" can't? Ashley Graham fuels plus-size model vs. obesity weight loss debate in bikini

Steven Assanti claims shocking 'My 600-lb Life' return, weight loss, drug rehab

Can you ever trust a drug addict to really change? Steven Assanti, the bombastic bariatric surgery patient of "My 600-lb Life" says yes. He promised (threatened? :/ ) a return to season 6 of the reality TV show after trash-talking TLC. What's more, he claims to have kicked drugs and can't understand why people still call him an addict. Dr Younan Nowzaradan vetoed Assanti's gastric bypass surgery after the 34-year-old made such a nightmare of himself. The once 850-lb man has lied and made contradictory statements about weight loss and Dr. Now. He's so disliked that there is an anti-Assanti Facebook group. Is Steven a maligned martyr or the "big, fat liar" so many have pegged him?   Steven Assanti claims shocking 'My 600-lb Life' return, weight loss, drug rehab

Jana Duggar 'Counting On' big changes since '19 Kids and Counting' sex scandal

Is there anything Jana #Duggar can't do and do well? As a midwife, builder, babysitter and entrepreneur, the "Counting On" star tirelessly helps her "19 Kids and Counting" siblings. Her current project is to assist Jinger Duggar Vuolo and her husband Jeremy get their new home baby-ready.



When Jana's not busy with her tattoo parlor and piercing studio, she assists Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald. Miss Duggar is full of plans for the future, but as for love, she's keeping mum. Fans wonder if, after the pedophilia and incest scandal involving brother Josh Duggar, is the #Reality TV star purposely avoiding men?   Jana Duggar 'Counting On' big changes since '19 Kids and Counting' problems

Josh Duggar, incest, pedophilia keep '19 Kids and Counting' Jana Duggar single?

 Reality TV fans would love to see "19 Kids and Counting" Jana Duggar dating. They also have Cupid's arrow aimed at John-David Duggar. Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth are married and Joseph Duggar is courting. Yet the elder siblings remain single. Jana says she's waiting on God to send a man. But could it be that the twins are afraid of relationships? Did brother Josh Duggar ruin it for them with his pedophilia and incest? Josh Duggar, incest, pedophilia keep '19 Kids and Counting' Jana Duggar single?

Eva Longoria fat-shamed: weight loss eludes 'Desperate Housewives' star?

If you watched the 2017 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's "Decline and Fall" you might have been surprised to see Eva Longoria as the American femme fatale. You may also have noted some out-of-character weight gain in the "Desperate Housewives" star. Radar Online hinted at dark secrets prompting the celebrity's weight loss fail and exaggerated it into "shocking" obesity. What's up with the "Young and the Restless" star's health?   Eva Longoria fat-shamed: weight loss eludes 'Desperate Housewives' star?

'My 600-lb Life' Charity Pierce bariatric weight loss spurs teen daughter to gastric bypass

After her 800-lb mother's weight loss on "My 600-lb Life", a morbidly obese teen hopes to get bariatric surgery. Charity Pierce worries about her daughter's food addiction and obesity. Since Pierce's life-saving makeover, with skin removal plastic surgery, Charity is enjoying new freedom and would like her daughter Charly Pierce to find that happiness too. Will Dr. Younan Nowzaradan do gastric bypass on the family plan on one so young?   'My 600-lb Life' Charity Pierce finds weight loss spurs teen to gastric bypass

'My 600-lb Life': Dr. Now dishes up surprising gastric bypass weight-loss diet

Do you ever wonder how TLC's Dr. Younan Nowzaradan gets such dramatic weight-loss results from his gastric bypass patients on "My 600-lb Life"? Thanks to the good doctor, show participants like Chad Dean and Sean Milliken (to name recent ones) have shed hundreds of pounds. The reality television surgeon dished up his famous baratric surgery diet. And what's on the menu might surprise you!   'My 600-lb Life': Dr. Now dishes up surprising gastric bypass weight-loss diet

Honey Boo Boo fails weight loss in parent clash between Mama June, Jennifer Lamb, Sugar Bear

Reality television star Mama June Shannon may have won the battle of the bulge but she's losing the war on obesity. And she's putting her daughter "Honey Boo Boo" Alana Thompson in the firing line. Actually, all three parents -- Mama June, dad "Sugar Bear" Mike Thompson and Alana's stepmom Jennifer Lamb are using the girl as a weapon. And this tug-o-war -- as played out on WEtv "From Not to Hot" -- is the reason Alana will keep running from weight-loss to food. Jennifer Lamb manip   Honey Boo Boo fails weight-loss in Mama June, Jennifer Lamb, Sugar Bear clash

Mama June looks like Kate Gosselin after weight-loss plastic surgery?

Who wore it best, Kate Gosselin or Mama June Shannon? That's a question few expected to ever be asked. But since the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" matriarch's massive weight loss and plastic surgery, comparisons are being made between Shannon and her fellow reality TV diva of "Kate Plus 8." WEtv promises on "From Not to Hot" that Mama June is now a size 4 after weighing 460 pounds. Her makeover includes breast implant, tummy tuck, and skin removal surgeries, and folks swear she looks just like Gosselin.  Mama June looks like Kate Gosselin after weight-loss plastic surgery?

Lady GaGa shows belly fat at Super Bowl halftime, body-shamers cry weight loss

The good word on Facebook Feb. 6 was Lady Gaga. Fans and foes agreed that there were a "Millon Reasons" to love her Super Bowl halftime show. But in all the cheering, there was the body-shaming. A few folks went on the offensive toward GaGa's "#belly fat." They called for weight loss or at least better hiding of her stomach during the performance. Fans and even many former foes played defense, praising the "American Horror Story" star for having the body confidence to display an "imperfect" stomach.   Lady GaGa shows belly fat at Super Bowl halftime, body-shamers cry weight loss

Conor McGregor loves Khloe Kardashian's 'fat a--' but weight loss ad bums out UK

Yes, Conor McGregor said Khloe Kardashian had a "big fat a--" but he meant it lovingly. The pro boxer gushed over the reality television star's fabulous fanny in GQ magazine. The Irish lad was angry that his comments were twisted to sound like criticism when they were meant to be complimentary. But not all in the UK are so big on Kardashian's bottom. Some angry London tube riders find her Protein World weight loss ads more body-shaming than body-loving.   Conor McGregor loves Khloe Kardashian's 'fat a--' but weight loss ad bums out UK

'My 600-lb Life' Doug Armstrong shares weight loss, shocking cause of obesity

Doug Armstrong was a morbidly obese man who sought help with weight loss on TLC's "#My 600-lb Life." The father of three managed to lose an eye-popping 220 pounds after bariatric surgery on the reality television show. But the shocking trauma behind Armstrong's obesity is the real eye-opener. Armstrong talked about it in a heart-breaking reveal last episode, and processing and healing that PTSD-like pain meant the difference between weight loss success and failure.  'My 600-lb Life' Doug Armstrong shares weight loss, shocking cause of obesity

'X Factor' Ella Henderson selfies show weight loss, but bikini shots uncover big picture

Whether Ella Henderson meant to deceive or not, some fans saw deception in some candid beach shots of the "X Factor" singer. Instagram selfies show a much slimmer look but those bikini shots uncover the big picture. The discrepancy has some praising and others criticizing the celebrity. Some see selfie fail while others see healthy body image in Ella's proud display of plus-sized curves.  'X Factor' Ella Henderson selfies show weight loss, but bikini shots uncover big picture

Mischa Barton blames mental breakdown on GHB: drugs push O.C. star's weight loss, rant?

Mischa Barton, star of "The O.C." claims her bizarre mental breakdown was caused by drugging with a date rape drug called GBH while partying. The actress warns young girls to beware of drinks being accidentally doped by Ecstasy or similar substances. But many wonder which came first, the drugs or the alcohol? Others wonder if substance abuse is behind her yo-yo weight loss. The actor (who plays Marissa Cooper), was arrested for DUI and spent time in a mental hospital.  Mischa Barton blames breakdown on GHB: drugs push O.C. star's weight loss, rant?

Lizzie Velasquez 'world's ugliest woman' gently confronts cruel memes, breaks hearts

Get your hankie ready because you're going to need it. You know those cruel memes that are so popular? People tag their friends' names to Internet images of obese folks or those otherwise deemed "ugly." Some folks from the reality show "My 600-lb Life" have been targeted. It's supposed to be some kind of big joke, but as you can image, the people in the photos aren't laughing. #Lizzie Velasquez, once dubbed the "World's Ugliest Woman" knows what they go through. She found her image used. And the way Velasquez gently confronted haters will break your heart. Lizzie Velasquez 'world's ugliest woman' gently confronts cruel memes, breaks hearts

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