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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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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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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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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

Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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