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A 24-year-old female asked:

i often feel guilty for being on antidepressants. i have a great life! is there anything i can do to help with the depression and get off meds?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Psychotherapy: I'm glad you have a great life, and i hope the medications have helped you. Have you also been in psychotherapy, not just taking medications? The 2 work better together. And the therapy can help you learn about possible patterns that are making depression more likely -- plus learn to deal with them and not do them. Eventually you may be able work with your physician to taper off the meds.
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 anxiety or depression, which are common 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.

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