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A 38-year-old female asked:

If told am clinically depressed but don't want to take antidepressants, is there something else i can do to increase dopamine & serotonin ?

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Dr. Joseph Weiner
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: Exercise, good nutrition, fish oil supplements [omega fatty acids], and s-adenosyl methionine supplements [sam] are all natural ways that can help mild to moderate depression. Psychotherapy is also affect for depression, and a discussion with a mental health professional can help guide you in this direction. Hope this answer helps.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is very good advice. If you're disabled, don't hesitate to take Rx you truly need. But find things you can do that will bring you real meaning and satisfaction. Work very hard at them. Life is supposed to be tough -- do something worthwhile, perhaps even in the service of others.
Jan 10, 2014

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