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5 Ways to Stop Feeling So Depressed

5 Ways to Stop Feeling So Depressed

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression? Historians discovered that our 16th president actually considered suicide and couldn’t even get out of bed on some days. Does this sound like you or someone you love? You may take heart in knowing that as Lincoln aged, he learned to use laughter to help overcome his dark moods. He found that when he told jokes and laughed, it helped him keep the bad feelings at bay.

Today, if you tell your healthcare professional you feel depressed, you’re likely to walk out of their office with a prescription for antidepressants. But these medications don’t always work, and in some cases, they can make you feel even worse. Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve the chances of getting medication that works for you. And like Lincoln, you can also take advantage of other ways to push sadness and negativity away. 

1. Eliminate foods that drag you down.

Jeff, 53, had spent years suffering from depression as well as other issues. After attempting suicide, he went to several healthcare professionals and was put on a variety of medications, but they weren’t helping. He eventually eliminated potential allergens—such as gluten, soy, corn, dairy, sugar, and MSG–from his diet.

When he added the foods back one by one, he realized that one of them was triggering his suicidal thoughts. When he ate corn—popcorn, tortilla chips, corn chips—he almost immediately got an image of putting a gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger, something that had not happened since before he went on the diet. By kicking corn out of his life, he greatly improved his moods. You can boost your moods too by eliminating foods that are potentially harmful for you and only eating those that serve your health.

2. Eat foods that boost your moods.

On the flip side, getting your diet right can help you feel better. For example, omega-3 fatty acids—found in foods like wild salmon or in nutritional supplements— have been found to reduce symptoms of depression. Similarly, several studies have found that a saffron extract was as effective as antidepressant medication in treating people with major depression.

3. Start every day by saying, “Today is going to be a great day.”

This is a simple way to start training your brain to focus on things that are going right in your life rather than on things that are going wrong in your life. It also sets a positive tone for the remainder of the day. At the end of the day, ask yourself, “What went well today?” This helps you end the day on a positive note. This strategy is quick—only about 3 minutes our of your day—and helps decrease symptoms of depression in just 30 days. 

4. Check for biological issues.

Did you know that there are many biological issues—such as hormonal imbalances and blood flow problems—that can cause mood issues? Having a full workup that includes lab work is one of the keys to determining the root cause of your depression. With this important information, you are more likely to find the right treatment for your specific needs. In some cases, taking care of the physical issue can decrease depression symptoms.  

5. Know your depression type.

How can you know what’s happening inside your head if nobody ever looks? Psychiatry remains the only medical field that rarely looks at the organ it treats. It doesn’t have to be this way. Brain imaging technology called SPECT offers psychiatrists critical information about the overall functioning of your brain. It also shows that depression is not a simple or single disorder. In fact, brain scans reveal that there are 7 types of depression.

Type 1: Pure Anxiety

Type 2: Pure Depression

Type 3: Mixed Depression

Type 4: Over-focused Depression

Type 5: Temporal Lobe Depression

Type 6: Cyclic Depression

Type 7: Unfocused Depression

When you know your type, you are much more likely to find the targeted solutions that will work for your specific needs.

With the world’s largest database of functional brain scans — 150,000 and growing —Amen Clinics physicians are able to more accurately diagnose and more effectively treat the 7 types of depression than any other healthcare professionals.

If you’re looking for the least toxic, most effective ways to treat depression, contact the Amen Clinics today at 888-288-9834 or schedule a visit. We take the guesswork out of psychiatry.

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  1. Elizabeth Dixon says:

    Hi – could you advise if a SPECT scan involves any radiation? I’ve been considering coming to see your clinic for an assessment but am hesitant about this. Unfortunately with my headache history, I have had many CTs of my head and have been advised to avoid further radiation.

    Thank you.

  2. ESTHER DIEZ says:

    I Just recently read, heard of brain imaging, SPECT.
    I have been treated for bi-polar depression since 1997, dealt with it since 1954. Treated with medication and therapy over 20 years. I am 83. I have moved to and have a new psychiatrist.
    I will ask him about brain imaging.

  3. Deirdre Chandler says:

    I recently saw your podcast on pseudo- dementia. I believe my mother is suffering from this. She has suffered from depression and anxiety for years! She had a CT and was told she had normal brain volume loss for her age. She also had some vasticular disease (she stopped smoking six months ago after 60 years). I just assumed she had vascular dementia. Once I got her taking her lexopro again and i was seeing her 2x daily she had about a 2 wk period of time where she was normal. Then she ran out of meds and couldn’t get established with a new doc for a month.
    At the time i was unemployed and could spend the time with her. Because of her suspicious thoughts that are born out of her anxiety it has been very challenging to get her the help she needs like a caregiver for companionship.
    She IS back on her lexopro but, it doesnt seem to be enough to help her. She really needs the combination of meds and companionship.
    She is a retired psych nurse and I would like some materials to share with her so she can participate in her own care and come to the conclusion that she needs to explore the psuedo- dementia further.

    • Tony says:

      I’m not a doctor, but I was a smoker. Smoking cigarettes in the harmful effects from that is a terrible thing, however we are addicted to the nicotine, and nicotine is becoming known as a neurotrophic it helps focus in the words . I’m not sure if this is wise advise , but I noticed that by taking nicotine I am still focused and I don’t have the depression and fogginess. Yes it’s addicting but it’s pretty late in the game for your mom and if it relieves systems …. well that’s a decision you have to make but I thought I would put this out here. Nicotine does not cause cancer .

  4. Ritcha says:

    Doctor why is it that there are very few articles on OCD while it’s a very debilitating disorder ?

    Also which of your medicines are good for OCD ?

    Doctor it would be much easier for us to purchase your medicines if you make them available on Amazon.in. I’m from India and it’s very difficult for me to purchase your medicines.

    Moreover if we purchase the first lot in small quantities to see if it suits us then we can purchase the next lot in a large quantity.

  5. Heather says:

    I have bad anxiety and have always suffered from depression. I also have a family that is full of mental illness. I have always gone to counseling and the 12 step program. Now that I am older everything is worse than ever before. I don’t know what to ask because everything is going badly.

  6. Gayle says:

    Hi I am in South Africa, where can I do the SPECT scan?

  7. Paula Green says:

    Do you have non-fee based informational meetings?

    I have heard of your services from Club New Life, and am a sustaining member.



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