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A 23-year-old female asked:

i suffer from depression, medication does not work, any advice on how to manage it?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Cognitive behavioral: therapy can be helpful. A book called "Feeling Good" by David Burns is good. Please see a clinical psychologist who does CBT. Peace and good health.
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Suggestions: The most effective treatment options include combined medication and therapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy. This can be achieved by seeking out a qualified counselor or psychologist. It is also worth mentioning research that shows that regular activity and behavioral activation through mindfulness/meditation, regular exercise, or positive activities help reduce symptoms as well.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. B: In addition to medication and psychotherapy, regular aerobic exercise is essential. If you can manage to start your day with 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, it will improve your mood and energy. Get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health!

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