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A 42-year-old member asked:

help please! is depression really curable?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Most avoid that word: It is most often described as successful treatment - not cure. And yes, many - even most - depressions can be successfully treated. Your expectations need to be aimed at realistic targets so that you'll be able to evaluate the benefits of your treatment. Talk with a psychotherapist to plan a treatment approach that will be right for you. It may include drugs or not. Work together to be successful.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Depression: Most depressions can be treated successfully with psychotherapy and possibly medication as well. Often depressed people have developed a very negative self voice that drives a person's spirit into the ground. If this applies you will need to discover a more realistic way of talking to yourself as you realize your true worth. Best.

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Is depression my fault?

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NO! NO! NO!: Depression is an illness thought to occur due to a neurochemical imbalance in the brain. It can happen following certain stressful events, like loss of a job, divorce, or death of a loved one, but it is not because of anything you did or did not do. If you feel depressed, please talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Your family doctor can treat depression with medication and therapy.
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No: Sadness is normal, depression is not.
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What are the natural depression treatment methods?

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Find the cause: Finding the cause of depressed symptoms and fixing them when possible would be the natural approach. Looking for hormone imbalance, hypothyroidism, allergies, nutritional deficiencies and treating what is found can lead to resolution of depressed symptoms. A micro-current devise has been cleared by the fda to treat depression.
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Will my recent job or money loss trigger me depression?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Maybe if prone to it: If one has depression but is in remission, stress such as job loss may trigger a relapse, so one should see his doctor to ask if therapy should be increased during the stressful times. Many unemployed people do not get any psychological problems due to losing jobs. However, "at risk" persons may get significant anxiety or depression symptoms due to feeling hopeless, unappreciated, etc...
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How will depression affect me over the long term?

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Dr. Clarissa Abrantes
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Bad if not treated: It depends on the presence of stressor/s, the kind of treatment that you're getting, your support system (such as support from family members and friends) and so forth. It is very treatable. However, without adequate treatment, it puts you at risk to develop cardiovascular problems.

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