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Sometimes there are days when you wake up cranky and dejected. This is one of those days for me. Doesn’t happen a whole lot. At least not to this extreme. My parents came to visit over the weekend. We had a nice time, but now there is a lot to be done around the house. Picking up everyone’s towels, washing all the dirtied dishes, vacuuming the carpet. I also have to bathe my persian. I hate when I wake up so overwhelmed. To top it off, it is the most cloudy day possible. I never do well when it is cloudy outside. I am very sensitive to light, it really affects my mood in dramatic ways, sometimes. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be the same thing. Where’s the all-natural herbal alternative to prozac when you need it?

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  1. Caffeine works for me sometimes. But I’m not a very depressed type of guy. Chocolate always makes me feel better, too. 😉

    Have you thought about getting some of those “natural light” bulbs? That might help.

  2. I could loan you my collection of smiley face things. I have a whole boxful. If having 50 bright yellow creatures grinning at you isn’t too scary, it does brighten up a room =)

    Good luck with the clean-up, I know exactly how you feel. You’ll make it!

  3. Then I suppose it’s a good thing you don’t live out here in Seattle, Melissa. We’re just about to start our 9-month-long cloudy day. Actually, it’s been much nicer this autumn than it was last year. Hardly any rain, and the sun peeks out occasionaly. Heck, today’s even only partially cloudy =)

    I’m not sure I could handle that much brightness in one place, Elizabeth. If Ryan and I ever get to visit, you might have to put them into hiding temporarily 😉

  4. I was going to say the same thing, Angel.

    You don’t want an all-natural alternative to prozac. There are several. They’re called tobacco, marijuana, heroin …

  5. Hmm. You’re right, Ryan. =)

  6. I was going to suggest crack, speed, or uppers.

  7. I debated for several minutes whether or not to mention marijauna as a natural herbal anti-depressant. I actually had something typed up about it in my initial comment, and then decided it would be in bad taste.

    I should have known that there is no such thing as bad taste in a forum like this. 😉

  8. Hehe. Weeellllll, I wouldn’t go thaat far. Bad taste has been expressed on this blog more than once. But something like that is definitely non-offensive. =)

  9. Although I was joking (I hope in good taste), I was trying to make a serious point. It is not a good thing to rely on drugs (even FDA-approved psychiatrist proscribed drugs) to feel good about yourself and life. I see a real anonlogy between Prozac and friends and Pot and friends.

    I’m not saying I don’t think that people have real issues that sometimes need to be treated with medicine. But I think that using any chemical simply to “feel better” is fundamentally flawed.

    Just my two for the penny jar.

  10. I agree with you wholeheartedly Ryan. I hate taking cold medicine. ANYTHING like that.

  11. St. John’s Wort is a little better option than some of the others that were listed!

  12. I agree with Ryan 100%*!

    * unless he includes caffiene in his statement. in that case, I object!

  13. No cold medicine?
    ahh, i love my nyquil.
    chug a half bottle, sleep for 2 days, and viola, all better.

    Now i have to be the devils advocate. What is fundamentally wrong with taking a chemical to feel better?(i actually agree, i’m just curious as to others viewpoints) I mean, don’t we essentially do that by eating foods we like? Otherwise why not just eat essential foods that taste bad? (imagine, raw tuna and spinach vegie medley for every meal) I mean snickers=chemical, snickers=good tasting, good tasting=pleasurable sensation in brain, there for when we eat a snickers, we are pleasuring ourselves chemically.
    (same goes for caffiene)

    just a thought
    oh, and i’m still going to eat what i like, including snickers,
    and demoral, demoral is a good drug. very good drug. need more demoral. yay.

  14. I also agree that chemically treating psychological disorders should be done with much more caution than the American medical community has heretofore shown. The FDA approves RU486 and its only purpose is killing. It also has a lot of other unhealthy side effects. My point being that the FDA is not our friend, but I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir in this forum.

    Ooonnn the other hand, there are some legitimate uses for chemical treatment of psychological problems. Another caveat — some disorders are primarily spiritual, in which case the discerning believer should not rely on a chemical treatment for a spiritual disorder. That being said, much depression is really the result of sustained chemical imbalances in the body. In some cases a diet change will have the same effect — getting rid of snickers will always make your body healthier — but in other cases more intervention is needed to bring a person back into balance.

    Again, we need to be discerning about these things. I believe that our freedom in Christ includes freedom to make use of chemical treatments when absolutely necessary, as opposed to legalistically condemning all such treatments.

    Travis makes a really good point that I wholeheartedly propound as well: you can’t condemn Prozac while consuming caffeine. Any distinction is hairsplitting.

  15. The Simpsons where they put Bart on Focusin is a good comentary on this subject. Although the conclusion is that MLB is spying on us. So, I guess they didn’t really answer the question.

    Most telling line: “The only thing proven to be more effective than Focusin is regular exercise”

    Homer in a different episode when he makes his own Prozac: “Hmmm, needs more ice cream”

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