There's a book called Potatoes Not Prozac which is about boosting serotonin and tryptophan. It gives advice what to eat and what times. For example, eating potato a little while before bed is said to increase tryptophan which is a precursor to serotonin (I think - don't quote me on that - it means something like that anyway!)
Dear All, yesterday I had a terrible day and decided to start the meds. I thought I should let you know. Today was bad too but it takes 3 weeks for the effect to kick in according to my doctor.
I still believe in boosting serotonin naturally where possible,in my case at the moment, sadly, this is not sufficient.
I believe that in the vast majority of mild to moderate depressions food, exercise and social interactions can work as well as, if not better than the drugs. But with severe depressions or other serious MIs eating, exercise and social interactions can become almost impossible to maintain with any continuity - it is here the meds help. As you regain mental health then you can find the momentum to cook, the motivation to exercise and the confidence to socialise again.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is strength and there is beauty.