British Columbia, Canada
Good Lord! Self-medicating is the worst thing anyone can do if they are depressed! It is like adding fuel to an already blazing flame. I actually do know what does work though honestly! Walking, listening to music, going to a mall and watching the crazy folks just like you or even dancing with a fridge handle, but not drinking, "smokin," or any other self administered depressants, or stimulants, they make it way worse! Look it up!
While I am on this soap box, there is nothing wrong with admitting one is depressed it happens to the best of us. I have been many times, and I am sure a lot of you have too. It is what we do about it that determines the path we take. If we scuff it off it won't go away but only come back worse. Your attitude will also bleed into all those around you that you touch. If we just ask for help from a friend, doctor, or even a sometimes a perfect stranger, and get it, the depression becomes manageable. Having the right tools you need to deal with depression can make it that way.
Ron, the tea really should be herbal too, as tea is also a stimulant. Sheesh, we can't have any fun us depressed folks.
I know one thing from personal experience that you have to feel that pain, loss, or whatever it is getting you down to deal with it effectively. If you disguise, "squish it down" or cloud it over using other stimulants, it will only come back and haunt you one day worse than the first time and can do terrible damage.
I had an email this morning actually from the Mental Health Unit at the hospital I volunteered at, referring to the Katrina survivors actually. It said, "Even though this devastation seems like something we could never survive ourselves, don't let it cloud your judgment that your problems are not every bit as overwhelming." It went on to explain that you can not diminish what is sad, painful or hurtful to YOU - no matter how small you think it is, or compare it to other's problems. It is through the process of feeling our own depression we gain a sense of compassion, which we all need to survive in this world. We are each different and deal with life differently, so no two cases of depression are ever really treated the same. One thing is for certain, once in awhile we all need a little help, and what has happened to this society that we are so afraid to ask for it. The best drug is a friend, family member, or a doctor who listens, and will be there when you need them. It is sure a good first step. The best step of course is to seek medical help always.
Okay I am leaving to be quiet again. But first ... here's a good link with a test on it too. http://www.depression.realage.com/content.aspx/topic/11