NOTE: For depression in children younger than 12, please see our information on Mindsoothe Jr.
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Symptoms of Depression
Depression may be mild, moderate or severe and is more than merely feeling "sad". It may be linked to painful or traumatic life events (e.g. Adjustment Disorder or Reactive Depression) or it may occur for apparently no reason. Sometimes the tendency to develop depression can run in families.
If you have some or all of the symptoms below, you may be suffering from depression. For a diagnosis of Depression to be made, the following symptoms of depression must have been present nearly every day for at least two weeks.
1. Depressed Mood: Feeling miserable, sad, tearful, hopeless, irritable, etc.
2. At least four of the following:
weight loss or gain,
insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or hypersomnia (sleeping too much),
psychomotor retardation or agitation,
loss of interest or pleasure in usual pastimes or decreased sex drive,
feelings of inappropriate guilt and worthlessness,
concentration problems or slowed thought processes,
suicidal thoughts, wishes or intentions and possible suicide attempts.
Sometimes most, but not all, of the above symptoms of depression are present. This may mean that the depression is mild or moderate, even though a clinical diagnosis of depression cannot be made. It may also mean that you are suffering from stress or have problems adjusting to a difficult life change or circumstance. It is still important to pay attention to your symptoms and take steps to help yourself or seek professional help if things do not improve.
Are psychiatric drugs the only alternative for depression and anxiety?
Fortunately not! Depression is not a new disorder - people have been suffering from the symptoms of depression for thousands of years! This means that practitioners of traditional healing and natural medicine have a wealth of knowledge and a long history of successful treatment from which to draw.
The approach of conventional medicine is to prescribe psychiatric drugs or prescription anti-depressants. While these can be effective if taken regularly, they often come with unpleasant side effects which sometimes even make the depression worse. Some of the side effects of prescription anti-depressants include insomnia, restlessness, irritability, aggression, increased blood pressure, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, seizures, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, skin rash, suicide risk and other less common side effects. Doctors sometimes use other prescription drugs to treat the side effects of prescription anti-depressants - often resulting in a 'cocktail' of expensive and unhealthy drugs which do not really help the person to change.
What is Mindsoothe?
Mindsoothe is developed with care by our practicing Clinical Psychologist, is 100% natural, safe, and manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards. Individual ingredients are well-researched and have been put to the test over the years as a complement to the treatment of real people with real problems
Mindsoothe is a specially formulated herbal remedy that has been successfully used in the treatment of Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, and Anxiety.
Michele Carelse, our Clinical Psychologist, has had many years of experience treating people with depression. Together with experts in the field of natural medicine, she has developed Mindsoothe - a combination of St John's Wort and Passiflora - two highly effective herbs in therapeutic medicinal dosage.
Mindsoothe contains two potent remedies in one treatment and offers immediate as well as long term relief to people suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, OCD and even those with eating disorders.
How has Mindsoothe helped Others?
"I have been running a very stressful business (advertising!) for 6 years now and also went through the whole clubbing scene with ecstasy, Marijuana , acid and cocaine. The combination of intense prolonged stress and drugs almost killed me. It brought me down to a level where my serotonin was empty that I was experiencing multiple nightmares when sleeping and horror images in my mind when awake. I was swamped with multiple anxieties and crippled by panic attacks. I could not go to sleep at night and I could not drive to work in the morning without pulling off the road every so often to try to calm my nerves before causing an accident.
Part of the treatment from Michelle was her amazing non-addictive herbal remedies like Mindsoothe and PureCalm which acted like shock-absorbers from life as you learned to recover until you got to a stage where you could continue without any help other than your own common sense. I seriously could not believe I could be cured until Michelle showed me the way and brought my life into a sphere of peace and self management. Incredible!"
"Since I started using Mindsoothe I have felt much better. I have been sleeping better and wake up feeling refreshed. I have an all around sense of well-being now. Thank you!"
"After taking Zoloft for years, I began to feel that I wanted to change to something more natural and better for me. With the guidelines you gave me, I made the transition with very few problems and can truly say that your Mindsoothe is helping me even more than the Zoloft did - and I feel much better about it! I can recommend Mindsoothe anytime!"
'Your Mindsoothe remedy helped my depression so much! It felt like the black cloud had been lifted from my head to let the sun through again!'
'Your Mindsoothe really helped me. I have been going through some bad times in a relationship and I felt as though I had hit rock bottom. After only three weeks, I could feel myself returning to normal again. You will be glad to know that I felt so good after six weeks that I dumped the guy who was causing all the trouble and I am having a great time now! Mindsoothe helped me believe in myself again!!'
- Linda Solomons
"The products you recommended (Mindsoothe and PureCalm) have more than lived up to their billings. Josh is doing better now than he has been in the past 6 years and after numerous attempts with medications and supplements. My wife and I have noted a tremendous positive change in him and it is wonderful. Josh has not done the stalling behaviors which he always has done since diagnosed and he seems happy and content. I am grateful beyond words. We have reordered the product and will keep him on it for now. I assure you that I will recommend your products to anyone I talk with. AGAIN, A MILLION THANKS FOR THE HELP YOU HAVE BEEN! Best Wishes."
- Jay Bryan
"Having suffered with anxiety and panic attacks on and off over the last twelve years, I became fed up taking Doctor prescribed drugs such as Temazapam,Diazapan etc and all the after affects these drugs came with. By chance I came across your website and decided to purchase three canisters of Mindsoothe DEPRESSION CAPSULES. Within four days the tablets were working, by taking as advised, two in the morning and two at night, I felt more at ease,more confident and nowhere near as anxious as previously. On top of this I was and still am sleeping a lot better and the big advantage is that the tablets do not leave you feeling drowsy or sleepy. Mindsoothe definitely works for me and I have tried all sorts of drugs and herbal remedies to counter my anxiety/depression,I will categorically recommend these tablets to anyone who has anxiety/depression. Without doubt I will be reordering when my supplies run out. Normality has returned!! Thanks."
"I think I had postnatal depression after my baby was born, although everyone said that I just had the blues. I understand that, but almost two years later, I felt even worse! I could hardly get up in the morning to face each day, which was soooo unlike me! Mindsoothe has made such a difference. Now I have the energy to play with my little boy and my husband says he has the old me back again!"
- Vanessa Muller
'I just want too tell you I have been taking Mindsoothe and PureCalm combined for the past two months. I haven't felt this good in so long. I am happy and I find myself with a positive attitude every day.'
How does Mindsoothe work?
Mindsoothe works in two ways:
1. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter manufactured and found in the brain. St John's Wort prevents the body from using too much serotonin and allows serotonin levels to build up naturally to optimum levels. Serotonin levels are important for many things, including mood, sleep, concentration, appetite, energy and sex drive. An improvement in serotonin levels will therefore help to treat many of the worst symptoms of depression.
Like most anti-depressants, this can take from 3 - 5 weeks to take effect and regular use is important. St John's Wort is often called 'Nature's Prozac' and is widely used as the anti-depressant of choice in many countries like Germany and in other parts of Europe. There have been many clinical studies which show the effectiveness of St John's Wort in the treatment of depression. A review published in the British Medical Journal quotes up to twenty-three clinical trials which demonstrate that St John's Wort works as well as many prescription anti-depressants, without the major side effects. Millions of people around the world have been helped by treatment with St John's Wort.
2. The St John's Wort in Mindsoothe is combined with Passiflora - a calming herb that reduces anxiety and soothes frayed nerves. According to Dr Earl Mindell (The New Herb Bible), Passiflora is one of nature's best tranquilizers. It works quickly and effectively and is an excellent addition to any treatment for anxiety and depression. Best of all, unlike many prescription tranquilizers, Passiflora is not addictive and has a high safety profile.
What is the difference between Mindsoothe and other natural remedies?
It is very important that herbal remedies are correctly prepared and that they are pharmaceutically manufactured according to acknowledged therapeutic dosage. Because there is no standardization in herbal medicine, it is unfortunately true that many herbal preparations are substandard or do not contain therapeutic dosages. This has not been good for the reputation of natural remedies.
Like all Feelgood Health products, Mindsoothe has been prepared according to the highest pharmaceutical standards and personally supervised by our Clinical Psychologist, who has been able to observe the results on real people in her private practice. All ingredients are in accordance with correct therapeutic dosage and the combinations of herbs chosen ensure maximum effectiveness with minimum side effects. This means that you can be sure that you are getting the remedy that you need.
How do I use Mindsoothe?
Adults: Initially take two capsules three times daily for 4 – 6 weeks. Thereafter take two capsules in the morning and two at night. Teenagers 16 - 18: One capsule in the morning and two at night.
Teenagers 12 - 15: Initially take one capsule three times daily for 4 – 6 weeks. Thereafter take one capsule in the morning and one at night.
Significant improvement should be noticed within 3 - 5 weeks, although some people respond much sooner.
NOTE: For depression in children younger than 12 years old, please see our information on Mindsoothe Jr.
If necessary, PureCalm can be taken together with Mindsoothe for maximum effectiveness against anxiety and depression.
Caution: Safety in pregnancy has not yet been established. Do not take Mindsoothe together with other anti-depressants. If you suffer from high blood pressure, only use Mindsoothe under medical supervision.
How long do I need to take Mindsoothe?
This all depends on the nature and severity of your problem. Although many people feel an effect almost from day one, Mindsoothe takes approximately 3 - 5 weeks before the full effect is reached. Thereafter it is recommended that Mindsoothe be continued for at least 6 months to prevent relapse. Some people who have chronically low serotonin levels (e.g. OCD, chronic depression, anxiety disorders) may have to use Mindsoothe indefinitely. People with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) should begin using Mindsoothe just before the onset of winter and continue until the summer months begin.
How long will a bottle last?
One bottle of Mindsoothe will last 22 days. A two months supply would be three bottles.
Is there anything else I can do to help myself?
There are many things you can do to alleviate the symptoms of depression naturally. These include:
Talk about your problems and find ways to change your circumstances. Consider therapy with a Licensed Counselor to help you to make the changes that you need.
Regular exercise (at least three times a week)
Healthy diet (sufficient Vitamin B6 and B12, magnesium, iron, zinc and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids)
Eating certain foods will also help to raise serotonin levels. Good examples are oats, turkey, milk, pasta and other carbohydrate-rich foods.
Look after yourself and learn to say 'No'.
Regular detox periods are very helpful to clear the system of pollutants and certain metals that are absorbed from the atmosphere and may contribute to the symptoms of depression. See our Detox Drops for a healthy detox option.
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Depression and Anxiety: Recommended Reading
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Soul Without Shame : A Guide to Liberating Yourself From the Judge Within by Byron Brown.
Well presented book which explores the effects of our superego (or inner judge) on self-esteem, decisions and general well-being. Includes well laid out and practical exercises to get in touch with your inner critic and to release its negative hold - how to break out of the prison of self-judgement and judgement of others
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Don't Panic : Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks by R. Reid Wilson.
A practical self-help program for reducing or eliminating panic attacks. Helps the reader to understand panic attacks and introduces a five-step strategy for controlling the panic attack by eliciting the body's own "Calming Response". Clear and informative
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Anxiety and Depression : A Natural Approach by Shirley Trickett.
Helps the reader to identify the causes of anxiety and depression and offers suggestions based on diet, breathing, relaxation, biofeedback and exercise
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Anxiety and Panic Attacks : Their Cause and Cure: The Five-Point Life-Plus Program for Conquering Fear by Robert Handley, Pauline Neff.
A simple, easy to follow five-step program to conquer fear, reduce or eliminate anxiety and end stress-related illness. Featured on the Phil Donahue Show
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Exercising Your Way to Better Mental Health by Dr Larry M. Leith.
A Health and Fitness book which explores the link between mental health, feelings of well-being and physical fitness. While the author focusses specifically on people who are struggling with poor self-concept, depression, anxiety and stress, it will also be of interest to those who simply want to improve fitness levels and to prevent stress-related problems. Includes worksheets, checklists and specific exercise guidelines
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Winter Blues : Seasonal Affective Disorder: What it is and How to Overcome it by Norman E. Rosenthal.
The author is a senior researcher at the National Institutes of Health and clinical professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University. He was also the team leader in a research project that first described and identified Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) and is a recognised authority on mood disorders. This informative book helps to develop an understanding of the symptoms, causes and available treatment of S.A.D., particularly focussing on natural interventions like light therapy, diet, exercise, psychotherapy and natural remedies. Ideal for the layperson, families as well as health professionals who want a well-written, up-to-date and authoratative resource on Seasonal Affective Disorder. (Also see Norman Rosenthal's Book on St John's Wort - the herbal remedy for depression, stress and Seasonal Affective Disorder)
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Self-Nurture : Learning to Care for Yourself as Effectively as You Care For Everyone Else by Alice D. Domar and Henry Dreher.
Recommended reading for every woman who spends most of her time taking care of others, but neglects herself. A reminder that you can only truly be there for others if you are first there for yourself! Lots of practical examples to help achieve self nurturance, reduce stress, develop self-esteem and get in touch with your own needs as well as those of others
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Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure and is not a substitute for a professional consultation with a medical or health professional. Do not make any changes or additions to your prescription medicine without first consulting your doctor. Should symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.