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What can i do to cope with depression on my own?

15 doctors weighed in across 5 answers
Dr. Anthony Vertino answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Here's some ideas: If you are depressed try this. Write down your 5 best qualities. Nice, smart etc. Then look at your daily life and whether you are able to act in accord with those strengths. If not, changes in your environment, relationships, personal views, etc may need to follow. Stick to your strengths and don't devalue them. Use them to cope. If that isn't working find a therapist to help you use them.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Many ways: Exercise is a great way -- in some cases, it may be as effective as antidepressants. Exercising with others can be even better, because it connects you with friends. Make sure you shower & groom yourself, and get out of the house at least once daily. Eat healthy foods. Connect with your inner spirit via meditation, inspirational reading, etc. Maintain consistent sleep. Talk with your doc too!

Answered 6/22/2019

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Dr. Arman Danielyan answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

Depression: It depends on what do you mean by "depression". If you have what's called major depressive disorder, then you should seek a professional help from your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. The best treatment options for treatment of depression include psychotherapy, medications, or combination of both.

Answered 7/12/2017

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Start with talking: Therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night ; eat as healthfully as possible. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation.

Answered 11/1/2013

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Dr. Michelle King answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Coping: Medications and therapy have a higher likelihood of improving depression than either one of these treatments alone. Seeking treatment with a psychiatrist and a therapist are your best options when coping with depression.

Answered 5/30/2016

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