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why am i depressed while on medication?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Approaching: depression wi multiple modalities is best. There are many things you can do for depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book" by Dr. David Burns. Don't just read it - DO IT!

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A female asked:

How to cure depression without medications? I'm depressed but i don't want to take medications for it.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hi. : Hi. There are two types of "depressed": depressed mood and clinical depression. If you just have a down mood, i don't think that i would recommend medications for that. In that situation it would be good to find out what is making you feel low and dealing with it. Getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep per night, a healthy balanced diet, at least 64 ounces of clean water per day and regular aerobic activity would be very beneficial. Having friends or family members to share with is also important. If you have unpleasant moods (i.e., sad, angry, anxious, irritable, scared) much of the time and it is impacting your functioning that is more serious. If you are experiencing problems with sleep, appetite, energy level, motivation, isolation from others, self esteem, decision making, unrealistic feelings of guilt, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness and concentration; that has more of a global impact. If you have suicidal thoughts and you are concerned you might act on them, you need immediate medical attention. Whether you have a depressed mood or clinical depression, there are great forms of therapy that are not medication. There is supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy, just to mention a few. Group therapy is also a great idea. I suggest you see a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation, and then he or she can suggest treatment options to you. Together, you can develop a plan for working with your depression. Take care.
A 26-year-old female asked:

I have depression and i take medication for it but still i feel depressed?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Different medication: Can have variable success in different patients. Talk with the prescribing doc and decide if you have been on long enough to see benefit, and if the therapy should be changed or a second intervention would be of help.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What should I do to help my depressed friend who's unwilling to seek therapy and medication?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 20 years experience
Supportive: Be supportive and educate yourself about depression. Nami is a good support and educational resource for mental illness. They may be able to help find a support group for depression in your area.Perhaps your friend may be more willing to go to a group with you first to ease them into treatment. If your friend ever becomes suicidal, don't hesitate to call 911 as they may need forced into treatment.
A 48-year-old member asked:

I'm very depressed, what should I do or what medications would help?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What to do: Sorry that you are feeling so poorly. Find the motivation to become well. See your physician so that any potential underlying medical problems can be ruled out. Medications may be needed. It is very important to become involved in talking therapy - cognitive behavioral therapy can be especially helpful. Spend time with people you enjoy. Get physical activity every day. Eat healthfully! take care.
Saratoga Springs, NY
A 46-year-old male asked:

Im depressed and think I need medication ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depressed: You might want to consider seeing a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation and to be psychotherapy. Seeing a psychiatrist could be very beneficial if medications or further work up is needed. Recommend that you contact your medical insurer to get a list of their covered providers in your local area. Take care

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