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Gary, Volunteer Mentor (@gman007)

Depression and alternative treatments

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Aug 28, 2018 | Replies (50)

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@lafaye

Thank you for your post I live with depression and it’s taken a toll I hear voices and have hallucinations that is what depresses me too I went to mindful classes I didn’t find it too helpful meditation is totally out I’m sad to say
Because the voices are constantly talking and it’s hard to concentrate the only relief I get from them is when I sleep
Then I have nightmares. All that could be why I’m depressed I don’t know. You are right about having to change doctors some being good some being crap I have had both.

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I am sorry you have not found your answer yet, but I believe there is something out there that will work for each of us. May be meds or something else, but I refuse to believe it is not there and I pray you will find your “what helps”. I have been seeing some reports about “tapping”. Anyone have any experience or knowledge about this method of treating different maladies?

Hi, @gman007 – you mentioned tapping a while back as an alternative treatment for depression. Did you end up trying it?

@lisalucier I know you are addressing @gman007 as to the tapping. I decided to try it again and it seemed to increase my anxiety. I may have been doing something wrong or was in an anxious state I was unaware of at the time. I do know it has helped others.
I too would be interested if any of the other connect folks have tried thus.
Playing with my pencils helps me. Tagging on a recent drawing of the animals I love so much. When drawing it is like petting them and I can at times smell their sweet smell and feel their soft coats.

@parus

Your artwork totally amazes me! You are able to capture the essence of life in each portrait whether human, plant, or animal. I so appreciate your sharing them with us. You are also a poet in your writing, as above. I'm sure if we met we would become fast friends. I'm happy to "know" you on Connect.

I wanted to let you know that I signed up for oil painting and water color classes at the local senior center. I figured it will be good for me to get started in the classes and reacquaint myself with the media. I need to find my "viewpoint" in artistic expression. It's been a long long time since I've worked on my art. I've also signed up for a yoga class. I've missed not having friends in my new home and it's been 2 years now. A Senior Center catalog arrived in the mail, and had so many interesting opportunities to meet others, even just for coffee each day, that I decided to give it a try. I'm looking forward to starting all this tomorrow.

@parus Hi there. I used to go a Tai Chi class several times a week. Many of the members in it do suffer from chronic illnesses and swear rhat it helped them. We would begin each class with 'tapping'. It is said that is done to wake up your bone marrow, where new red blood cells are made. Then, we would cultivate the energy around us and in us to fortify our 'chi' which is our life force. I could def feel the collective energy amoung us. And I did feel better for it. If you get a chance to participate in a group, you might consider it. Our group is free and usually in the park. But, I want to add that you do not need to be in a group to do it. You can probably find it on Youtube and learn to do it.

Good morning!

I took a look at a couple of Tapping videos on Youtube. Here are the links, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRfLTQjJhp0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hYE0Wt4Sxs. The first one deals with stress and the second link deals with pain relief. The videos are just a few minutes long and look interesting.

@hopeful33250 Can usually count on you for info. Will check these out as I do think it will help. I am now doing a combination of Tai Chi and Yoga which does help with toning and no high impact…Must take care of my sageful body/mind. I must have made a new word-I am known for such as I oft talk dyslexic. Good for laughs!!!

@lisalucier
Lisa,
I could not remember discussing tapping, but I did remember someone doing so. Teresa posted a couple of links to youtube videos on the subject. I have not tried this, so I can't comment.
Peace, Gary

@parus Yes, I do like the new word, sageful! Creativity at it's best!

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