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How Do I Treat Major Depression Without Medications
Major depression is a mood disorder where a person is persistently sad or depressed for at least two weeks with changes in sleep, appetite and weight. Change in mood could also present as irritability. Low energy or persistent lethargy is also seen. Hopelessness and disinterest in enjoyable activities is common. Suicidal ideation is a sign of worsening depression ...Read more
Sometimes: There is a small percentage of people who have "refractory depression", meaning that they do not respond to treatment. This is becoming less likely due to the variety of treatments now available. If you are someone you know has struggled with long term depression that has not responded to treatment, try not to give up. Continue to see help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different types: There are different categories of antidepressants based on the chemicals they affect in the brain. Ssri's work on serotonin - zoloft, prozac, paxil, lexapro, celexa. Snri's like effexor, Pristiq and Cymbalta work on both serotonin and norepinephrine. Wellbutrin works on Dopamine levels. See this link for a complete list http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/antidepressants/hq01069. ...Read more
Depression: Oldest group is tricyclic ad such as elavil. Another group are ssris such as prozac. Another are snris such as cymbalta. Another are Dopamine agents such as wellbutrin. Rest are one not belonging to above such as trazodone, symbiax, remeron. Effects are summerized as stabilization of adrenergic/dopaminergic/serotonergic/cholinergic. Neurotransmission in brain which result in stabilizing mood. ...Read more
How can I be diagnosed of attentional deficit? I'm being treated for a major depression with drugs for 2 years. But i think I do have ad disorder too
Can we treat a major depression without seeing a therapist or psychiatrist or doctor ? If can how ? If not why ?
Depends: One of the important steps in treating depression is to identify what is causing the depression. The next step is to find an effective method to eliminate the cause and at the same time stop the habit of depressive thoughts and beliefs. This has been done without professional help, but your best chance of accomplishing these goals is with a mental health professional. ...Read more
See your doc today..: There are many effective treatments available for depression and i would encourage you to consult your doc as soon as feasible. I think that by knowing/recognizing that you are having a problem is a huge step toward improvement! it is not easy to get motivated when you are down. I would start by talking to your family members, friends, call your doc for eval/treat asap. Don't delay. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you believe medication is always required in cases of major depression? if not, what 3-5 behavioral changes are key to managing depression?
Depends: If you have a psychologist or therapist trained in cognitive behavior therapy (cbt), that is the first place to start. Other interventions such as diet, exercise, meditation, yoga, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) can help. Dr. Andrew weil's new book " spontaneous happiness" is a good resource. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has had major depression entire life and it is not responsive to medication, could ending his marriage help or would this make it worse ?
Other treatments: Don't give up; get a second opinion about your treatment & diagnosis. Treatment resistant depression often simply means that the right therapies gave not been tried yet. Talk therapy, other medications, a new fda cleared noninvasive treatment called tms (transcranial magnetic stimulation), as well as ECT and other brain stimulation options are available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will major depression and anxiety go away on its own if not using medication? I've been fighting it 6 months now on my own and feel terrible.
Why not get help?: if you have been struggling with depression and anxiety for 6 months, why not get some help? I would try speaking with a psychologist to see if the symptoms decrease. If they do, you may not need medication. If they do not you can do a medication consult with a psychiatrist. Although depression does cycle 6 months is long enough to consider getting an evaluation and some professional guidance. ...Read more
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
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