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A 23-year-old female asked:

Would i need to be on medication for reactive depression?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Variable.: Some people work through their depression fine without use of psychiatric medications. However, if a person has significant neurovegetative symptoms (like not eating, not sleeping, not bathing etc.) then they may benefit from psychotropic medications to get back on track.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Depends: on her severe symptoms are. Inform your psychiatriast on all your symptims and the severity
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Not necessarily: If you are experiencing a depression as a result of situational stressors, you can consider alternatives to medication depending on the severity of the depression. If the depression is mild, simple life changes like better diet, better sleep hygiene and more exercise can help. Some over-the-counter agents like SaMe can also help. If the depression is more moderate, psychotherapy is better.
Last updated Mar 22, 2020
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