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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

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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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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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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Therapy and antidepressants aren't working. Depression is making me lose my friends. I don't want to live anymore.

Therapy and antidepressants aren't working. Depression is making me lose my friends. I don't want to live anymore.

We need to get help: Please let's look at the glass as "Half Full" here and see how to best solve the problem at hand by showing you why continuing to live is actually the best way to go. Let's have a conversation? You are 5 hrs. Ahead of me I believe...but if you'll go to: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi and use my Key Code: PDXFNR

and set up an appointment the system will schedule everything for you. Looking forward ...Read more

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What kind of therapy can help me with my depression?

What kind of therapy can help me with my depression?

Many kinds: There are so many effective kinds of therapy available for depression, and choosing a good one that fits for you as a person usually requires collaboration with a mental health professional. That being said, two examples of treatment modalities that are proven to be effective for depression across a wide range of people include psychodynamic psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if behaviour therapy is used for depression?

Can you tell me if behaviour therapy is used for depression?

Yes: Cognitive behavioral therapy of cbt is a very effective treatment of depression. Changing maladaptive behaviors such as isolating yourself, poor self care, or staying in bed too much can have a great benefit to improving depression. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of therapy over medication to treat depression?

What are the benefits of therapy over medication to treat depression?

Possibly several: No physical side effects. No withdrawal/discontinuation symptoms. No interactions with other meds. Therapy offers tools to tackle depression if it returns while medication only works while you take it. On the other hand, meds may relieve symptoms faster ; less expensively. No need to choose though: therapy ; meds together often work best. ...Read more

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What should you do when therapy, and meds no longer work for your depression?

Re-evaluate: When depression treatment no longer seems effective it is time to step back and re-evaluate things. Questions to consider are: do I have a good rapport with my dr./therapist or perhaps I need a change? Have I tried all available medical and non-medical treatments? Am I currently living or working in a stressful situation which would adversely affect my ability to improve? ...Read more

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Can depression be fully cured or it can be just managed with medicines, therapy etc?

Managed, but. ..: Depression is best thought of as a chronic illness with recurrent episodes that are separated by periods of remission. For many, a depressive episode will go into remission on it's own, but will take 9-24 months to do so. Treatment of depression helps shorten episodes and lengthen periods of remission. Depression may not recur if the diagnosis was adjustment disorder. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have tried medication and therapy with no results. How is the best way to beat depression?

I have tried medication and therapy with no results. How is the best way to beat depression?

Combine approaches: You may need a higher dose of medicine, a different pill, or more than one antidepressant. Exercise is absolutely essential because endorphins released improve mood. Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is often the best because it helps you change how you think about situations. Sometimes support groups help get enough, regular sleep and stay involved with an activity you love. ...Read more

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I have been dealing with depression for half of my life, but now I live in a foreign country; so therapy and medicines are difficult. Suggestions?

I have been dealing with depression for half of my life, but now I live in a foreign country; so therapy and medicines are difficult. Suggestions?

Well, I'm new to: Healthtap, but isn't this just the situation that virtual consultations are made for? The consultations are now available, although the medication part isn't as clear. Many people get an RX from their doc and then fill it online, with the doc's knowledge, so its all legit. Have you discussed this with your MD? Other than this, what country are you in and what city? Resources? ...Read more

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How can cognitive therapy treat depression?

How can cognitive therapy treat depression?

See below...: Cognitive therapy is a treatment process that enables patients to correct false beliefs about self & others that can lead to negative moods and behaviors. Of course, something about the therapeutic relationship itself, I believe, adds to the healing process as well... In a way, healing happens while we're doing all the other things... ...Read more

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What is the role of music therapy in treating depression?

What is the role of music therapy in treating depression?

Relaxation & coping: Usic that you enjoy will help you relax and be less up tight. Then it helps you to think more clearly and cope with your stress. If you can learn to do that itight start to lift your spirits if even only a bit! ...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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What are the most common therapies for depression other than meds?

What are the most common therapies for depression other than meds?

Natural treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements (i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and support groups. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. If you have severe depression which is adversely affecting your ability to function, please see a mental health professional. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take till depression therapies start to work?

How long does it usually take till depression therapies start to work?

If you mean: Medications, it depends on the medication. In general, 4 weeks, though some people respond quicker. ...Read more