I suffer from depression (these past 6 months have the worst i've ever had "it"), and generalized anxiety (and since i'm not a social person, it often comes out looking a lot like social anxiety). I've been told I need to go on meds for years now, but I just can't bring myself to do it. A couple years ago when I went vegan, the change really seemed to help my depression. I'm sure the food itself may have been a part of it, but more than likely it was the control over my own life. W/ depression and anxiety problems, you often feel completely lost and w/o any control over your life, and by taking something as important to me as food and mixing it up like i did, I think it helped some. What i'm going through right now is so bad though because, not only am I dealing w/ "normal" depression, i'm having some stuff go on in my life that has extrapolated the problem.
I am not a "drugs" kind of guy, but i've noticed myself relying on alcohol, which of course isn't a good thing. I'm actually in the process of cutting it out of my life atm. My question though is, does anyone know any good "natural" help for depression/anxiety? I know, eat right, exercise, etc. My problem is the complete lack of motivation (and the hangovers
Oh, and to the original poster, I've always been a little spacey when it comes to life, but I've noticed in the past year or so it's gotten a lot worse. I also have an ex-gfriend who dealt w/ a lot of depression problems, and she had problems remembering/keeping track of whats going on, so I doubt its a coincidence.
EDIT: oh, and carblover, i understand your situation w/ the social anxiety. as i said above my anxiety often comes out looking like social anxiety. the worst instance i've ever had was a couple yrs ago i walked into a mall for some xmas shopping or something, and i got so nausiated i had to run out of there. I ended up not being able to leave my room for a full week. now, i rarely have problems to that extent, but often when I'm going somewhere I'm not comfortable w/ (even my job, since its been so stressful lately) i feel a bit sick, but i've not gone through anything like that since. I know it seems even more anti-social, but i'm often seen walking around stores, etc w/ my headphones on. music seems to break the edge a bit.