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How to deal with depression?

Speaking from heart I must admit to having a terrible depression this month.
This January has been hell to me.

Just wanted some info some advice on how to deal with depression dark mood...

For example what foods are the best to lift the dark veil covering the brain?
What can I do to lift my tortured spirit?

At times a simple cup of herbal tea helps and sometimes just coffee seems to do the job.
But many days like the day after South Carolina results came in nothing worked at all.
To find myself unable to get out of bed and just laying there falling asleep at times then waking up and having no energy to get out is not a way to live a life.
I deserve better than this.

Thanks everyone.

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The brain is primarily composed of fatty acids (i.e DHA)...so a

healthy, constant supply of O3FA (omega 3 fatty acids) is required. Avoid most omega 6 FA's (polyunsaturated) and saturated fats (red meats, dairy, etc). An imbalance of O6FA > O3FA is associated with depression.

Healthy sources of O3FA's include salmon, sardines, tuna, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and flax seeds.

Other alternative remedies:
- St. John's Wort
- S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)
- 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)
- Fish Oil (EPA & DHA)
- Vit B12 & Folic acid

And oh yeah, I concur with Vit D3. Not only you can get it for free (via sun exposure/absorption thru skin)..it is also the natural "flu vaccine". Get more sunshine in wintertime...get more resistance (not to mention better mood) from the flu.

this is very good information--

a family member of mine 'swears by' whey, as well--

St. John's Wort WORKS; some people are sensitive to sunlight or get a 'full' sensation when using it. And give it time to work; the higher the quality, the better--Try to find a high quality one--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I was in a bad funk in 2010

The whole year passed me by and all I did was watch.

What fixed my funk? Forced to move, so I moved to a different state and landed in Job Heaven for my particular skillsets.

It was a fluke (or destiny) but being in demand here basically cured my funk, and let me tell you, it was deep.

My point is, your post made me think that maybe your locale is part of the problem for a number of reasons. Can you afford to just pack up and move? Can you leave your hell? I'm pretty sure the door's not locked.

Can you sell everything you have on Craigslist and buy a bus ticket?

I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, this is what literally saved my life.

Some good music helps too. Try this

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

some non-profi tips

-) sunshine
-) vitamin D3 (thats not a quick fix, but around feb a lot of people have a depressive mood. One way to prevent it, is to never let you D3 level sink too much)
-) some activity (maybe a little walk)
-) don't eat to much at once or too fat (it takes your energy)
-) eat some fruits and vegetables
-) it's ok to eat some sweet things. grant yourself something! But no excesses.
-) No alcohol
-) fresh air
-) some real life interaction (not online or per phone)
-) feel some living body (hug by a friend, brother ... fondle a pet)
-) make yourself useful. helping in a small way does actually often help better than getting help.
-) music!
(I think music is the most direct way to your mood, apart from touching another body. If you do know yourself well, than you can do a hole lot with the right music. I, for example, know which music I need at what situation.
You know best, but I would suggest: Cat Stevens - The Wind
or maybe classic music: Smetana - Die Moldau http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmVdsoIbiEw )

AND finally...
you don't have to carry all on your shoulders - there are more people than you, so you can leave some sorrows over.

In Peace and Liberty,
my best wishes

P.S. That has been my non-profi tips. In case consider profi-help. I am not a great fan of meds. But there have been a lot of friends of mine, which needed for a short period some help to get out of the pothole.
I am not able to make an assessment, so in case please consider profi help.

my Ron Paul video collection:

(4 years RP, over 2300 videos)

In no particular order...

1. Nuts & oily fish (like salmon)
2. Chocolate (dark only, minimum 70% cacao)
3. Vitamin D supplements (2000 IU per day is not too much)
4. Get outside during the day
5. Exercise
6. More vegetables, less processed food, more fiber, less starch, less meat

Also, don't let the campaign's progress get you down. I am 50 years old and have been doing my small part to promote liberty since I was a teenager. Here is my observation: This is the first time in my life that libertarian ideas are breaking through into the mainstream consciousness. Not only do I find that more people agree with the precepts of liberty, but many more are finally waking-up to the notion that freedom can not be parsed. We will no longer let ourselves be divided to be conquered. As we find common ground with people who are "half-awake" and who promote liberty for some types of activities, we are finally breaking-through with the notion that liberty is a universal application of the golden rule to all spheres of life. Just my humble observation.

thank you for your wise words--

I'm older than you are--LOL, and I could have written the same thing; something important is happening--

it's very hopeful--

it could get 'exciting', but it's time to hope--

and the other things you said, too--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Be active

Exercise, eat well, etc. Go outside and hike or backpack. Doing anything physically demanding releases endorphins and can make you feel better in the worst of times.

You really cannot get depressed over the state of libertarianism in this country though. If you did, you would be depressed all the time! People are morons, what can I say?

remember that the ideas of

remember that the ideas of liberty are spreading farther and faster than i ever imagined. in 2004 when it was bush v kerry, i was in shock at the state of the country that was once the beacon of liberty for the world.

in january 2007, i was pretty pumped that Ron was going to run in the primary but didn't really have high expectations. he shattered all my expectations in the next 18-20 months--not necessarily for the results he had at the polls, but for the enthusiasm for the message and the way he was able to run a healthy campaign to the finish and turn himself into a go-to authority that media people like Cavuto, Kudlow consistently turn to when important economic matters are running their course through the congress.

I was definitely disappointed with the Iowa results (though let's not forget--Ron may very well have picked up the most delegates) and a certainly wish the bump he got after NH would have lasted the full week and got him at least a tie for 2nd in SC.

BUT...his poll numbers are triple last time around. he is reaching independents and 18-35 voters. This sounds kind of rude, but the old people who still cling to their registered R/D cards are going to die sooner than later. The registration for the parties is consistently declining as more people become skeptical of the virtues of the parties and choose to remain independent. Ron is also winning the atheist vote. In other words, Ron is winning all the demographics that are growing and represent the future, while the other candidates basically fight over who gets to be captain of a sinking ship.

I wish I lived in a libertarian world today. I'm 27 and I should be looking forward to maximizing my prosperity in the coming years instead of worrying about just how many years of economic growth and stability the statists are going to flush down the toilet. But, I have nieces and nephews, and if this movement can continue to grow as it has, I have a real hope that when they are my age, they will not have to worry about a lost decade or a lost generation. That is a hope I didn't have 5-6 years ago. Even as things get worse, things are getting better.


Working for the Remnant means working in impenetrable darkness; and this, I should say, is just the condition calculated most effectively to pique the interest of any prophet who is properly gifted with the imagination, insight and intellect

Brain Balancing


This is the only effective and lasting method to tackle depression, anxiety, and other issues. It's a new science/methodology about 8 years old. Call them. It changed my family's life.

Also, take Vitamin D (5,000 - 10,000/day)

D3 is most recommended

Also, a session or two of lying in a tanning bed helps too.

Recently, I learned from an elderly rn that many of us are deficient in lithium due to mineral depletion of the soil.
She recommended Lithium Orotate - I definitely feel the difference.

Yes, D3

Thanks for adding that.

From this poet to you poet

I think his name is Dylan Thomas, I am no poet but have at it....

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

and finally for an encore a song and a musician that has saved my life and brain many times....it is a little heavy but comes from a guy who never had anything and it is great.


Get up, get up, get up, get up!!!!!

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

I sincerely believe liberty

I sincerely believe liberty is empowering.

I admit, I cannot relate to depression, as this may be a clinical problem that you may wish to seek medical advice about, but as a libertarian, despite the fact there is such a minority of us, I am truly inspired by it.

It is because liberty is a message that isn't only about policy and philosophy of governance.

It is a philosophy of life. People who understand liberty know we don't have to wait for welfare checks to be socially mobile. We know that our own downfalls are not really the fault of government (well, yes when they intervene), but it can only be blamed on ourselves. And that "burden" of self-responsibility that comes with the understanding of liberty is actually empowering.

It makes us the master of our universe. It makes us the sole person to blame for all of our misgivings in life. If things fuck up, you don't cry to the government, you can only blame yourself. But that is a message that inspires me, because it means nobody can stop me except myself.

Go outside

get more sunlight.

- Liberty and Prosperity -

Depression is nothing more than a selfish emotion based on fear.

Don't focus on what might happen to you. Focus on what you will do to those who might try to do the worst to you. Take charge of your life. If you have no faith in God, at least have faith in yourself.

Sorry, I didn't finish this last night as I had a migraine (life sucks sometimes). That being said, Depression this time of year is frequently brought on by lack of sun light. I used to get suicidal thoughts in January and February, but I realized the thoughts were totally irrational. So, I started taking more vitamin D and getting outside and they went away.
Another excellent mood enhancer is St. John's Wart. It's totally natural, the only side effect of which I am aware is "dry mouth," it's cheap and is VERY effective. My wife takes it for spastic colon. As you may be aware, most patent medicines are based on natural herbs and Prozac is based on St. John's Wart.

One other caution. Depression is frequency a symptom of other medical problems. Yeast infections and Vitamin B12 deficiencies can cause severe depression. Look at your tongue in a mirror. If it is coated, that can be a sign of yeast infection. If you get a lot of colds, that can be a sign of B12 deficiency.

Sorry if I came across as a cold bas%@rd last night. I still feel the advice I gave, harsh as it may sound, is the best way to cope with most negative emotions.

Have you tried Bach Flower Essences?

In addition to the vitamin recommendations, I'd like to add that Dr Bach's Flower Essences have helped me navigate several different situations. The remedy made from Mustard is helpful in treating depression. Bach Essences are all natural and much better than prescription pills. It may take a leap of faith to try them, but I heartily hope you do.

Watching the MSM treat Ron Paul so abominably is certainly disheartening, and voter fraud is downright frustrating. The only solution to overcoming these is in our minds.

We must remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. Gideon's story from the Bible is also very inspirational, as God gave Gideon the ability to win a battle against a much bigger army. Buddhist philosophy can also help--although we advance the cause of liberty with heart and spirit, according to the Buddha, everything in this world is illusion anyway, bot the good and the bad, so there's no sense in getting either euphoric or depressed.

LL, you are a treasured member of this community, and I hope some of the recommendations you find here help you feel better.

An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army or any man.

Ron Paul 2012; Elect a statesman, not a politician.

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LL, I have to confess. When I feel that ebbing low approaching,

I visit your LibertyPoet web-page and listen to your collection of PEACE songs. I love meandering through your poems and articles, too.

It must be your knowledge of the anguished pain of heart that gives you that kindness, which embraces me when I drop in your web-page. Did I ever thank you for it?

I wish I could reciprocate all the gifts and warmth you give us. I hope you can catch some SUN light for your body and liberty surge in your mind to fill your soul with sweetness of peace and love.


You just made tears fall from my face...

Thank you!

Song for you:

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sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15


Dr. Andrew Weil was on Dr. Oz talking about depression, and he suggested these supplements, as well as other things you can do for depression. I have not personally tried any of these supplements.

* Ashwagandha: Also known as Indian ginseng, this herbal remedy has anti-anxiety and mood-elevating properties. Ashwagandha is very safe and can be used long-term. If your depression is associated with anxiety, this is a good complementary remedy to try.
* B. SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) This supplement has the advantage of working within 24-48 hours and is quite safe. However, it can be somewhat stimulating and should not be used by people with bipolar disorder, nor should it be taken too close to bedtime. Use only the butanedisulfonate form in enteric-coated tablets, or in capsules. Try 400-1600mg a day on an empty stomach.
* Rhodiola: Also called arctic root, this herb promotes focus and concentration and has mood-elevating effects.

thank you for mentioning ashwaganda . . .

I am using it; I was uncertain about mentioning it, however--

because of what comes up when *you* google. For ME, I feel very good about it, however--

LL may or may not be someone who can handle eleuthero, as well--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Two Things

1. I feel you. I get depressed and feel pretty alone as the only Ron Paul supporter in St. Louis... especially at work (since I work at one of the banks that was bailed out *sigh*).
2. January has been hard on me as well. I still stay positive though since it is the only option.
We could very well be in FEMA camps by October/November so I live my life and enjoy every meal as though that is a very real possibility.

I also diet and exercise. I am doing P90X and am on week 4 as of right now.
I drink protein shakes and take vitamins.
I hate my job, but I love my life.

...and trust me when I say it hasn't been easy.
I've attempted suicide and have a huge scar to prove it.

It is really all in your head in the end.

You can choose to be happy or sad.

With love,
P.S. I lied. I guess it was more than "Two Things."


Exercise, even a little releases endorphins which lift mood.

The other thing is serotonin, to help with that eat

kidney beans
baked potato with skin
fresh fruits and vegetables

Hoping you do good :)

Chronic depression is a normal part of life...must learn to cope

Chronic depression means depression at some level that lasts a long time...from weeks to years.

Frankly, everyone suffers from it to an extent, and everyone has to cope with it.

Depression is a feeling of hopelessness. One feels hopeless when they feel/think they are trapped...that there are no opportunities to change/improve one's life.

Thus the path of depression is feeling there are no opportunities to feeling hopelessness to feeling depression.

And there lies the treatment: choosing to use one's reason to acknowledge that there are opportunities to improve one's life. The more one believes they have the ability to improve one's life and that life can offer good things, the less they suffer from chronic depression.

So, here are some things to do:

-Acknowledge the things you have done in the past to improve your life. Everyone should have a success journal of every success they've achieved. Visit it when you are down.

-Go to nature. Almost everyone feels that nature is a great thing that life can offer. Plus, the exposure to natural light makes your body feel better...which is a short cut to improve your feelings.

-Make a list of the good things that humans have done for you specifically. Usually, feeling that there is hope for your interactions with humans is key to overcoming chronic depression since it is usually bad interactions with humans that bring you down. BTW: All the responses to your post are examples of positive experiences with other humans. People care.

-Make a small goal and do it. Then do another small goal. Then another. Seeing that you can control parts of your life gives you hope.

-Exercise. The body and mind are connected. Like light, exercising is a bit of a short cut around some of feelings stuff. Also, eat and sleep better.

-Take a media break. No TV, no internet, no radio, etc. Music is fine...as long as it's positive. Information overload (which mostly is negative) warps one's perspective in a negative way. Likewise, minimize time with negative friends, co-workers, and family.

Many movies have overcoming chronic depression as part of the story. But one that really address chronic depression and its treatment frankly is Girl Interrupted. It is free via Crackle: http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=AQr2vcjRD0w&ob=av1n&feature=m...

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Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

I am a physician

see my post on

You should seek counseling, and possibly medical attention if this fails you.

Watch these vids. This man is n his 70s like RP


Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

for depression

joyce meyer, google her go to her website(http://www.joycemeyer.org/home.aspx) watch her video series on depression.

I Read Somewhere...

Humans should receive a minimum of six hugs per day. So, I'm giving you six hugs. May you feel better very soon.

So many great suggestions

I would like to recommend a particularly fascinating field of research from terence mckenna. His work is very uplifting and intuitive. Just my personal opinion.

Reclaim your mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eu9GfHCpVo
Culture is your operating system http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c8an2XZ3MU

before you diagnose

before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem,first make sure that you are not,in fact,just surrounded by assoles.
William Gibson