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i'm curious as to what should i do about my depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Change it !!: Start with talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “feeling good book" by dr.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Burns. Lifestyle changes are needed to counter depression. Take care.
Dec 28, 2013

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