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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the recommended lifestyle changes for depression treatment?

4 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 41 years experience
There are many.: Exercise ! eat well. Get plenty of sleep. Talk to those you love.
Dr. Aletha Tippett
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Exercise/diet/sleep: Exercise (any amount is good but ideally you should get at least 30 min on most days), make healthy food choices (see http://www.Hsph.Harvard.Edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/pyramid/) & practice good sleep hygeine (get enough sleep, go to bed & get up at the same time every day). Try to spend some time outside daily, especially when it's sunny. Try keeping a journal.
Dr. Stephen Perret
Child Psychiatry 16 years experience
Exercise in particularly is a very important "natural anti-depressant" and should likely be part of any treatment plan. There have been some studies that have shown that depression treated with an exercise regimen can be as effective as standard treatments like antidepressants.
Jan 31, 2012
Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
There are many.: Definitely agree with my colleagues here and would recommend exercise, and sleeping regularly. Also would recommend getting plenty of b vitamins like b-complex and eat well and try doing things that you enjoy regularly. Staying away from alcohol and illicit drugs as well. And finally keep your self engaged with family and friends and not to isolate yourself. Socialization is important too.
Dr. Mounir Belcadi
Specializes in Psychiatry
I agree with my colleagues and would recommend socializing as well...see friends,visit family and as Dr Adler said : Talk to those you love :)
Nov 8, 2011
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Lifestyle changes: Good health, nutrition, exercise & sleep.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What depression treatment options do you recommend?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Several: See your family doctor first for a general health evaluation. Some medical illnesses may present with depressive symptoms, and can complicate your outcome even if they aren't completely responsible for your depression. A psychiatrist can fully assess your condition, and prescribe helpful medications to manage symptoms. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression also.
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