Hello! Please remember that my response is for information only, we are not establishing a therapeutic relationship.
The natural remedies, in my experience seem to be "hit or miss." I've had some clients who say they really help and others who notice no difference. You probably know that they are not regulated by the FDA. They are not embraced by many doctors because they are not consistent in production, processing, labeling, and effectiveness.
This does not mean you shouldn't try them, I'm just saying that you need to know the facts about them.
Another option for you that might be better is Neurofeedback. You can read about it here: www.eeginfo.com Essentially we have several different types of brain waves that are supposed to move at certain speeds --when they don't, certain problems result (like depression). The Neurofeedback helps train your brain waves to do what they are supposed to do --and the results are supposed to be permanent.
I know that's a simplistic explanation --and more complex explanations are available.
You mentioned that the depression started after you gave up a business that you loved. That's a huge life change, and even if it's the "right" change, it's still not easy. I'm wondering if some of what is going on is some grieving. Are you familiar with the 5 stages of grieving?
1. Denial(disbelief that the loss occurred -- or difficulty accepting the reality of it)
2. Anger: (Can be at circumstances, God, yourself, another person, etc)
3. Bargaining and/or Regrets (Ifonly, _________ (fill in the blank), then retirement would have been easier to accept)
4. Depression:Sadness over the loss/retirement
5. Acceptance:Acceptance involves getting to a place where you can re-invest your energy into a new activity.
The stages do not necessarily occur in order, and you can go back and forth between them before the grieving is over. You might spend only a little bit of time in one stage and a lot of time in others.
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