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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dealing With Depression (Overview)

Dealing with depression is a common experience. Depression affects about 17% of Americans sometime in their lifetime. Treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), anti-depressants, and electroconvulsive therapy. CBT, which teaches patients to evaluate and change counter-productive patterns of thinking (cognitions) and behaviors, has shown to be the most effective form of psychotherapy.


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What is prolonged physical inactivity defined as? Sometimes I find it hard to fit exercise in every day esp dealing w depression. Thank you so much.

What is prolonged physical inactivity defined as? Sometimes I find it hard to fit exercise in every day esp dealing w depression. Thank you so much.

Inactive for hours: It is difficult to do anything if you are depressed. Think about setting small goals. Just 1 push up may lead to a few more. Anyone can do one push up. Resolve to walk down the block and back. That's not so difficult. You can do it. Pretty soon you will be walking more blocks. Hope this helps:) ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
210 doctors shared insights

Dealing With Depression (Overview)

Dealing with depression is a common experience. Depression affects about 17% of Americans sometime in their lifetime. Treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), anti-depressants, and electroconvulsive therapy. CBT, which teaches patients to evaluate and change counter-productive patterns of thinking (cognitions) and behaviors, has shown to be the most effective form of psychotherapy.


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Whats my options for dealing with depression?

Whats my options for dealing with depression?

Depression: First get evaluated to see extent, then possibly psychotherapy & medications if warrented. ...Read more

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I need some tips for dealing with depression?

I need some tips for dealing with depression?

Start w talking: Therapy (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. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “feeling good book' by dr. David burns. Psychiatric meds. ...Read more

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What's the fasted way of dealing with depression?

What's the fasted way of dealing with depression?

Treatment!: The fastest way to treat depression is with a combination of therapy and medications. It is also the best way of treating depression. ...Read more

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Please provide some tips for dealing with depression?

Please provide some tips for dealing with depression?

Start by Starting: Low motivation=hallmark of depression! it's like having very little gas in ur tank: so u might want 2 take long car trip 2 ocean, but only have gas 2make it out of driveway. Consider how 2 refuel ur body, mind ; soul. Take small steps 2doing things u've enjoyed/have found meaningful, even though u may not feel like it. Create routine ; stick 2 it! "action is the antidote 2 despair" - joan baez. ...Read more

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Do you have any easy tips for dealing with depression?

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Do you have any easy tips for dealing with depression?

Some: Like exercise and regular sleep and meals. Having sunlight exposure, especially in the winter months. Regular checkup with family doctor for any physical problems. Most importantly, get professional help when depression becomes severe. ...Read more

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What are among the worst ways of dealing with depression?

What are among the worst ways of dealing with depression?

Not dealing with it: Worst way is denying and refusing treatments. Depression is very common but can be very debilitating without help. Self-medication with drugs and alcohol is another. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is having difficulty dealing with depression?

What kind of condition is having difficulty dealing with depression?

Major Depression: When depressed mood becomes so severe, or persists so long, that it starts to interfere with your life (whether it be your job, your relationships, etc.), there's a good chance you're suffering from a major depressive episode, which can be treated by a psychiatrist. Sometimes depression is a symptom of a non-psychiatric illness, so a medical workup is often part of the evaluation as well. ...Read more

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I'm dealing with depression since my boyfriend is bi. Should I move on?

I'm dealing with depression since my boyfriend is bi. Should I move on?

Maybe: If you can't see living with someone like that for the rest of your life, it's time to move on. ...Read more

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How to determine when you need professional help when dealing with depression?

How to determine when you need professional help when dealing with depression?

See a doctor: You should see a doctor to get properly diagnosed. Some medical problems (i.e. Thyroid disease)can mimic depression and should be ruled out. If you know you have depression and your symptoms are worsening and/or adversely affecting your ability to function, you should seek help. Sometimes we try to self-medicate with natural methods. If those methods are not helping, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any suggested books for how to think positively--i'm dealing with depression?

Are there any suggested books for how to think positively--i'm dealing with depression?

Books for depression: Are numerous in book stores & libraries. One book i've used with clients is "feeling good: the new mood therapy" by david burns. Another one i like that is not just on thinking more effectively is "the how of happiness" by sonja lyubomirsky. The challenging thing about any self-help book is putting it into practice. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with depression my whole life. I've been getting by but what can I do to actually get better?

I've been dealing with depression my whole life. I've been getting by but what can I do to actually get better?

Get treatment: There are good treatments for depression, but your information doesn't show whether you've had any. Psychotherapy can certainly help, and there are effective medications also. Your primary care physician should also investigate for other medical illnesses that can look like or precipitate depression. Substance and alcohol abuse can worsen depression too. You can get help, rather than "get by.". ...Read more

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How important is it to get a routine down again when dealing w depression/anxiety? I feel I need to deal w it 1st but not having 1 doesn't feel good

How important is it to get a routine down again when dealing w depression/anxiety? I feel I need to deal w it 1st but not having 1 doesn't feel good

??: I think you need to restate your question. Not sure what you mean by "routine down." If you mean a physical exam - then yes if you are due for one or something has significantly changed in your health go get one. ...Read more

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What's the best way of dealing with depression/anxiety?

What's the best way of dealing with depression/anxiety?

Exercise: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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Dealing with depression. How can I stop being so depressed?

Dealing with depression. How can I stop being so depressed?

Eval and treat: Individual advice cannot be provided - but given 1/10 people will encounter depression at some time in their life - you would not be alone. After ruling out medical causes by seeing your doc referral to a clinical psychologist can help quite a bit as deprssion is very treatable. Sometimes a combination of medication and psychotherapy is better than either alone. ...Read more

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Is dealing with depression almost everyday bad when ur pregnant?

Is dealing with depression almost everyday bad when ur pregnant?

Yes: Your mood state can possibly effect the development of the baby both directly and indirectly. discuss with your obstetrician ...Read more

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Why do docs turn so quickly to medication when dealing with depression and anxiety?

Why do docs turn so quickly to medication when dealing with depression and anxiety?

What they do: Not all pbysicisns are the same, but most want to help their patients. Our society is such that we want an immediate and easy fix to a problem.Insurance companied may also pressure an antidepressant be started. Mental health professionals may be lacking in the area or reputation may not be good. Some may not understand or believe in the effectiveness of counseling. Prescribing is one of the things. ...Read more

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I have been dealing with depression triggered by a relationship ruined. Should I go back to him?

I have been dealing with depression triggered by a relationship ruined. Should I go back to him?

Go to Couple Therapy: You should look for counseling with a marital or couple therapist. They should be aware of the details of your case to help you make a decision. ...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