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how to fight depression?

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Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Consultation : Drinking alcohol might be the most likely and preventable cause of severe depression in the young adult. Otherwise you may have predisposition to depression by inheritance or life events affecting you. A thorough evaluation might indicate the need for therapy or medical treatment. Do not wait to make that happen. Depression is a serious disease. You deserve treatment.
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 40 years experience
Task Completion: If you are able, undertake a task that you know for sure you can finish. When we complete a project, even something small like washing the dishes or organizing a closet, our brains release the same chemicals produced by the prescription antidepressants. So often, reactive depression is associated with events that take away our initiative and make us procrastinate, and this is what we must fight!
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
DEPRESSION: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a natural way to fight depression?

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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depression: Regular exercises, healthy diet, lifestyle changes, maintain good support system, stay productive & involved.
A 33-year-old member asked:

I can't fight anymore with depression. Any advice for me?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Professional help: When you say you can't fight your depression any longer, that makes me worried that you may be talking about giving up and committing suicide. If you are having thoughts of taking your life - please get immediate help from the nearest emergency room. If you feel despair- it is time to accept professional help. Life can get better. Please take care of yourself.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What would be appropriate for fighting off depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You sound down: Wow- this sounds like a depressed person is asking this question. This type of pessimism comes from despair. Conquering depression is much like running up a down elevator. If you don't try you are guaranteed to stay at the bottom. Even when you work at it, you will backslide and become frustrated when you do lose ground. But reaching the top makes it worth while.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is some good readings on fighting depression that i can get to online?

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Dr. L. Kevin Chapman
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT : The feeling good handbook (burns) is a fun, but practical read for feelings of depression.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how I could fight off depression?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional.

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