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A 42-year-old member asked:

how can i treat clinical depression without taking any medication?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
See a therapist: Psychotherapy can be very helpful with depression, and the results can be more long-lasting than medication. Also you can make sure you're getting enough rest, exercise, and healthy diet -- staying away from alcohol and other mood and sleep-disruptive substances. Your family doctor can check for general health conditions too. Get yourself a good psychologist and work with him or her. Be well.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can people be permanently cured of major depression?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Possibly: A better question is can it be successfully treated? One would have to live a lifetime to say they were permanently cured of depression. I believe there is always a risk of relapse. Common wisdom is one depression leads to a 50% chance of another, two a 75% chance and three a 90% chance for more depression. I have seen almost every other possibility in my 40 years of practice.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do people ever recover enough from major depression that they don't need treatment anymore?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: If the depression is the first one ever and caused by a bad situation and there is little family history of depression, there is a good chance that full recovery is possible with good treatment and resolution of the stress.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the treatment options for major depression?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
There are options: Both psychotherapy and medications have bee shown to be helpful for people with major depressive disorder. The combination of both medication and therapy is even better for most people. Other treatments include ect. Newer treatments are being studied. The vast majority of people with this illness get better with treatment. Some people can get better without formal treatment.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I want to know what is the difference between clinical depression that needs treating, and just regularly being depressed?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
A thin line: I would be concerned if you are depressed, period! please get in to see your pcp, mental health professional or qualified person to help you deal with either one. This can be treated and you can feel better. Don't delay! go for help now.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
I would add that how much the depression affects daily living is a good Indicator of clinical versus what some people refer to as "normal" depression. Significant impairment warrants medical evaluation, certainly any thoughts of death or dying that includes suicidal thoughts needs Psychiatric intervention.If there is any question of self harm, help should be sought immediately.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is clinical depression?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Taliba Foster
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Clinical depression: Clinical depression is a mood disorder characterized by changes in mood, interest, sleep, energy, and concentration.

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