“Hello darkness my old friend(s)” 🙂
I had been revisited by these two familiar friends recently. I didn’t panic, I didn’t jump in with both feet. I just said, “Oh, you guys again”, and sought a new solution.
Pharmaceutical anti-depressants have never worked well for me. Side effects negate their value. Maybe there is a good one out there, but I haven’t found it.
Nor has the medical community around me encouraged me this way. They have all felt that the basis of my conditions are not primarily chemical. And this has proven true in the amount of help I have found in non-pharma solutions such as cognitive behaviour therapy, 12-step processes, exercise, and just old fashion “pressing through”.
Yet there must be a chemical component because I get revisited at consistent times and under consistent circumstances. So I consulted a Naturopathic Physician as an exercise in open-mindedness.
My biases feared a “Mother Earth” approach. A lot of natural remedies, in my experience, are folklore and wishful thinking. Then again, I have no trust for the mega pharmaceutical machine either.
So off I went to the ND expecting to meet a guy with a beard and birkenstocks. Well far from it. He was a soft-spoken southeast Asian fellow who proposed a couple of possible reasons why I battle these two enemies at certain times and under certain circumstances.
Complete with diagrams of science-supported process of brain chemistry. Then, rather than tell me he had the answer, he proposed a first approach to address the most likely cause of my symptoms.
It was simple, and rather than some crazy hemp suppository, he recommended a few simple supplements that, in fact, my regular Dr. could prescribe so my health benefits would cover them. None of them were patented, commercial pharmaceuticals.
For the past two weeks, I have felt better. Go figure.
Is it the placebo effect? Could be. Time will tell. But Just for Today, I feel better.