The light at the end of the tunnel

February 7th, 2008

Shortly after attempting suicide at the age of 17, I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and saw a wonderful psychologist. He explained depression to me in a way that keeps me hanging on when the going gets rough.

He said that depression is like being in a dark tunnel with no light. Although there is always a light at the end of every tunnel, we often can’t see that light because the tunnel is too long. But each day is a step forward towards that light and if we keep plugging away, we will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I had been struggling with undiagnosed depression since I was 12 years old, which made my tunnel of depression a journey that lasted over five years. But he was right; eventually I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. With that experience in the back of my head, I always know that eventually the light will come. It’s just a matter of time.

This Christmas when I spiraled into another bout of depression, I reminded myself that even in the darkness, even when I can’t see it, there is light waiting for me at the end. After just over a month, I can finally see that speck of light waiting for me at the end of the tunnel and I know that if I just hold on a little longer, I’ll break out into the light again.

Fighting Depression Naturally

June 28th, 2007

Lately I’ve been looking for natural methods to help improve my depression and have found some great information through Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.

I just finished listening to her audio seminar, “Lifting Depression Naturally” and found it very interesting. You can find the seminar on her audio seminar page – scroll down to click on the link she provides to play the audio.

Here are a few highlights:

One way to battle mild to moderate depression is through nutrition. Dr. Gittleman explains that depression has been linked with hypo-glycaemia (reactive low blood sugar) and suggests eliminating all gluten, dairy and yeast products. The best diet to overcome the hypo-glycemic response includes quality proteins, lots of fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds, moderate dairy and a small amount of fruits. Good fats (such as fish oil and flax seed oil) are also essential.

Consider using supplements that battle low blood sugar, such as chromium, glutamine, standardized ginseng extract, zinc and magnesium.

Having a GLA deficiency that can trigger depression. She believes GLA deficiencies can be genetic and warns that people with Scandinavian, Native American, Scottish, Celtic and Irish ancestry are most at risk.

Don’t forget the importance of Vitamin B and folic acid!

Although it seems like a lot of work, I’m willing to try a natural method for managing my depression. I’m going to give her suggestions a try and will let you know how it goes. First I need to go shopping. My cupboards are filled with all food it shouldn’t be!

John Travolta says no to psychiatric medication

June 22nd, 2007

First Tom Cruise and now John Travolta – which celebrity will speak out next about treating an illness they have never experienced and have no real education about.

When Tom Cruise started the argument with Matt Lauer on the Today Show in 2005, I was deeply offended and terribly worried that his insensitive and uneducated comments would do harm to anyone that actually took stock in what he said. (Click here to read my original post on Tom Cruise)

Now John Travolta is sharing his uneducated opinion on psychiatric medication with the press. reported, “John Travolta says his thinking is in line with fellow Scientologist Tom Cruise, who has publicly defended the religion’s stance against psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry.”

The article continues with a quote from Travolta.

“I don’t want to create controversy; I just have an opinion on things, and there is nothing wrong with stating your opinion if you are asked,” he continues. “Everyone wants that right, and because you are famous doesn’t mean you have less of a right.”

I do agree that he has a right to his opinion, but worry about the dangers of sharing such a narrow minded opinion with the public.