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Does art therapy really work for depression?

Does art therapy really work for depression?

It Can: Art therapy can help alleviate symptoms of depression, especially if artistic endeavors are something you already enjoy doing. Art enhances creativity, is a great way to express your emotions, and has a positive effect on self esteem. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Want to go to the doctors for my depression but i don't want therapy. What will happen?

Want to go to the doctors for my depression but i don't want therapy. What will happen?

Partial improvement: The most effective way to treat depression is a combination of therapy and medication. Why wouldn't you want therapy if it can help? If you're afraid of what might be revealed, that could be an indication of the need for releasing it. Medication can be very helpful but may not be enough by itself. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help with depression that doesn't require anti-depressants or therapy?

Is there a way to help with depression that doesn't require anti-depressants or therapy?

See below: Establish routine, schedule, to make your environment more predictable. Self-care routine -- set a times of the day for exercising, hobbies, reading, (doesn't have to be done all at once, but even 15min.), work on me time. Practice relaxation, positive visualizations -- you can find scripts on line or in the library. If you're being treated, stay compliant with treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do I do if i can't afford therapy for my depression?

Mental Health Access: Most communities in america have public community mental health clinics. It may be wise for you to contact one of these where you live. The easiest way if you do not know where they are is to look up the crisis line number for your county. They would know where to get you some help. ...Read more

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If depression didn't respond to years of therapy, all meds, exercise, and even ect, what can that person do on their own? How do they live like this?

If depression didn't respond to years of therapy, all meds, exercise, and even ect, what can that person do on their own? How do they live like this?

Bigger than breadbox: You query is too big to deal well with in a few words. I'll try. It's you not depression that will respond. It's not only the years or techniques - it's what you believe, think and feel. What others around you do and the overall circumstances of life. Knowing 0 about your life, i'm at a loss - but consider your expectations. What are you looking for? How do you expect life to go? (see comment). ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! my cbt therapy for depression isn't working. What should I do?

Could use your help docs! my cbt therapy for depression isn't working. What should I do?

Sometimes: Psychiatric medications in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy can be more effective. Are you on medications currently? ...Read more

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I'm struggling with anxiety which led to depression. I'm on meds and in therapy. Things don't appeal to me anymore. What else would you suggest?

I'm struggling with anxiety which led to depression. I'm on meds and in therapy. Things don't appeal to me anymore. What else would you suggest?

Anxiety: It is very common to have reduced energy levels and loss of enjoyment when experiencing anxiety and depression . I know it us very difficult to motivate yourself but it is very helpful to eat right, get appropriate amounts iof sleep and EXERCISE . Exercise makes you feel good, provides a sense of accomplishment and regulates brain chemistry. Start out slow and stick with it- you will feel better ...Read more

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How can light therapy help my depression in summer?

How can light therapy help my depression in summer?

Improved mood: Exposure to light therapy for various amounts of time has been shown to improve mood. To determine whether there is benefit for you, try to observe patterns in your mood. If your episodes are related to cloudy and rainy days, light therapy may be beneficial. Exercise that raises your heart rate, gets you moving and breathing deeply will also help lift your mood. ...Read more

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Is nexalin therapy effective for depression, anxiety, etc?

Is nexalin therapy effective for depression, anxiety, etc?

Nexalin??: Not sure what that is. Maybe misspelled?. Please check & resubmit. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to still go to therapy even after you have overcome depression?

Is it recommended to still go to therapy even after you have overcome depression?

Dealing w/patterns: Psychotherapy helps to deal with emotional, thought, and behavior patterns in our lives that lead us into depression. Through use of antidepressant medications, it's possible to feel much better while still not understanding certain things we may be doing unconsciously that result in pain and suffering. If you're interested in discovering these things & making appropriate changes, therapy helps. ...Read more

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Therapy or get medicine: what do I do to get rid of my mental depression illness?

Therapy or get medicine: what do I do to get rid of my mental depression illness?

Depression treatment: It depends on the severity. If you find that your depression is more situational or mild i would suggest trying therapy first. If your depression is adversely impacting your ability to function, i would suggest trying medication. Usually for moderate to severe depression, a combination of medication and therapy is beneficial. ...Read more

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What to do if i just quit therapy. What are some other ways to get over depression?

What to do if i just quit therapy. What are some other ways to get over depression?

Depression treatment: I'm wondering why you quit? If it was due to a conflict/problem with the therapist, it is worth trying a different one. Therapy can be very effective for some people. If therapy is just no help at all, here are some other options: exercise, healthy diet, acupuncture, herbal supplements (5 htp, same or st john's wort), journaling, medication, support groups, vitamin d, b complex and omega 3. ...Read more

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How can spirit release therapy work to heal depression and other mental illnesses?

Not accepted : This is not a standard acceptable practice for licensed psychotherapists and counselors! please see a trained mental health professional for treatment of depression and other mental illnesses. A licensed person would have md, phd, mft or lcsw after their name. ...Read more

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I am an atheist. How do I fight depression? I take anti depressants and am in therapy.

I am an atheist. How do I fight depression? I take anti depressants and am in therapy.

Depression: In addition to the professional treatment you're receiving, there are also many things you can do on our own to help fight depression. You can make sure you exercise at least 30 min per day, and eat a healthy diet of whole (not processed foods) -- veggies, fruits, and low-glycemic carbs. You can stay away from alcohol, and connect w/others. Being an atheist does not inhibit recovery. ...Read more

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Can there be some kind of therapy i can go to that covers both depression and anger manangement?

Can there be some kind of therapy i can go to that covers both depression and anger manangement?

Shrink To Fit!: Cognitive-behavioral therapy is helpful. But i also value other therapeutic techniques/approaches. Today, cbt is akin 2the top 40 -the most popular current music playing on the radio 24/7. As much as i like pop, i also enjoy other genres -jazz, hip-hop, country, etc. My point: find a psychologist/other mental health prof who's a good match 4 u & who's able 2tailor therapy 2ur needs/abilities/goals. ...Read more

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Can a child with asperges, who has experienced complex trauma, receive counselling via art therapy?

Can a child with asperges, who has experienced complex trauma, receive counselling via art therapy?

Not by itself: Art therapy in someone well trained it can be very helpful especially for children - often the express things in art and play which they have difficulty communicating. However much more than that is usually needed with typical asperger's children, let alone those who have severe or complex traumas. Art therapy might be incorporated by a child psychiatrist or psychologist along w range of issues. ...Read more

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Going to try shock therapy, but that might not work either. Any other solution for chronic depression?

Going to try shock therapy, but that might not work either. Any other solution for chronic depression?

Yes, there are: I am going to work under the assumption that you have tried multiple medication combinations and psychotherapy with little benefit or benefit that stopped. For severe treatment resistant depression ( unipolar) there is tms, transcranial magnetic stimulation of the brain, the neurosurgically implanted vagal nerve stimulator vns and experimental deep brain stimulation. Iv hallucinogens are being used with some success at some centers. ...Read more

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Am 60yrs old. Bulimic depression since 11. In therapy on meds since 1980. Still suffer daily. What can help? Where do I look?

I'm sorry to hear th: That's a long time to suffer. More treatment options now. Find a psychiatrist and therapist you feel comfortable with. It only takes one psychiatrist to change a lightbulb, but the lightbulb has to really want to change and that's the hardest part. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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What can I do to ease my symptoms when dealing with difficult topics in therapy (over several weeks) makes my depression or anxiety worse?

What can I do to ease my symptoms when dealing with difficult topics in therapy  (over several weeks) makes my depression or anxiety worse?

Anxiety/depression: Congratulate yourself for going to therapy. You are developing coping skills to deal with anxiety and depression. You are being proactive and taking charge of your life. Give yourself time and be patient as you develop emotional intelligence. The best days and years are ahead for you. ...Read more

Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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Art Therapy (Definition)

Art therapy programs use the creative process of making art to help improve an individual's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. They promote artistic expression to help people resolve issues, develop and manage their ...Read more