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Medication is not helping me deal with depression what else could i do?

3 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Speak with your doc: It can take some dose adjustments or changes of medicine to find one that helps you. If a primary care physician is prescribing for you, consulting with a psychiatrist for additional options could help. Also, psychotherapy should be part of your treatment; it's very important for healing depression. Check thyroid, vit d, b12, and folate (folic acid) levels too, to see if any of these may need replenishment.
Dr. James Saccomando
Psychiatry 20 years experience
There are other treatments like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) too!
Jul 28, 2012
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Classical homeopathy can also be very effective for depression. Adding fish oil has been shown to help. Natural therapies like SAME and St. John's Wort can help as much as medicines. Sometimes avoiding foods you are allergic to can help quite a bit as well.
Jul 29, 2012
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Auricular Acupuncture is an excellent adjunct for treatment of depression.
May 10, 2013
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Many alternatives: Counseling may really help. Exercise often helps.There are many natural therapies like same, st. John's wort, 5-htp & dlpa that are as effective as meds. Adding fish oil to meds often helps.Classical homeopathy can be very effective. Vitamin & mineral deficiencies may cause depression.Sometimes food allergies can cause depression- i had a patient not helped by any meds but avoiding gluten cured her.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Talk to doctor: Work with your doctor to find effective treatment. When one medicine doesn't work, another medicine, or combination, may. Psychotherapy provides additional benefit, especially if you experienced neglect or abuse during childhood, by all means, don't give up! keep working with your doctor!
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Exercise! I know that sounds like a lame answer, but except for severe depression, exercise can work just as well as medication, sometimes better. You might need medication and exercise for a while. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR!
Jul 29, 2012

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