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How do I treat major depression without medications?

How do I treat major depression without medications?

Therapy: Can be effective, but the time required would be much greater than therapy plus medications. Why not get the best treatment available? ...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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Is it possible to have a major depression that is not treatable, no matter what is done about it?

Is it possible to have a major depression that is not treatable, 
no matter what is done about it?

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 more

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What kinds of drugs are used to treat major depression and how do they work?

What kinds of drugs are used to treat major depression and how do they work?

Depression: Oldest group is tricyclic ad such as elavil. Another group are ssris such as prozac. Another are snris such as cymbalta (duloxetine). 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

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Help please! what drugs are used to treat major depression and how do they work?

Help please! what drugs are used to treat major depression and how do they work?

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 (desvenlafaxine) 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

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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

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

Evaluation: You should have an evaluation by a psychiatrist to be accurately diagnosed. If you are already seeing one, mention to them that you think may have symptoms of the disorder so they can explore it further. ...Read more

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How to treat major depression?

How to treat major depression?

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 more

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Please tell me if it is common for drugs like adderal to be prescribed for people who have major depression?

Please tell me if it is common for drugs like adderal to be prescribed for people who have major depression?

Atlhough it is: Sometimes prescribed off label - i would not consider it to be the norm. It is not an antidepressant. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Do you believe medication is always required in cases of major depression?  if not, what 3-5 behavioral changes are key to managing depression?

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 more

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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 ?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

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


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