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Doctor insights on: How To Fix Depression Without Medication

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How come people say you can't fix depression without medication?

How come people say you can't fix depression without medication?

Maybe try these...: What's causing /adding to depression might surprise you: 1) Don't spend too much time on-line (cut screen time & spend more face time with friends); 2) Fix poor sleep (go to bed on schedule, avoid light exposure with computers & TV, steer clear of alcohol, & as warranted consider cognitive therapy or relaxation exercises); 3) Improve diet; 4) Avoid negative self-talk. Ref. ArthritisToday2015 ...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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What is common medication for depression?

What is common medication for depression?

SSRI: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants.These include zoloft, prozac, celexa, lexapro, paxil. Many other classes are available. These include dual action meds, such as effexor, pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) wellbutrin, cymbalta, remeron. Tricyclics such as Imipramine or anafranil. Mao inhibitors(parnate, nardil) are old but effective ad's although tricky to use. ...Read more

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What will depression medication do to me?

What will depression medication do to me?

Depression: It should lift your mood and lessen your anxiety. You should also schedule weekly psychotherapy sessions with a psychologist to obtain maximum benefit. ...Read more

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What medication can I take for depression?

What medication can I take for depression?

Many Options: Let's say you have been diagnosed by a mental health professional with major depression. Many different medications are effective in the treatment of depression. Your doctor will select an anti-depressant based upon your symptoms, your prior response to treatment, and even how family members have responded. If one medication doesn't work there are many options. Safe effective treatment exists. ...Read more

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Which medications are good for depression?

Which medications are good for depression?

Antidepressants: As with most general medical illnesses, there are categories of medications that tend to be specific for a specific range of illnesses. For bacterial infections, antibiotics generally are first line treatments. For clinical depressions, antidepressant medications have consistently been shown to be the most effective class of medications. See you family physician or psychiatrist to discuss best. ...Read more

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Can depression be treated without medication?

Can depression be treated without medication?

Yes: Depression can be treated without medication, but some people need it to complement lifestyle changes. Like someone with a heart condition needs their meds, people with depression do too. Exercise, therapy, laughter, good company and positive thinking can all help someone who is depressed yet medicines can facilitate a better outcome over the long term. (thanks to j. Batt.). ...Read more

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How can depression medication make you feel?

Depression Rx: Hopefully, better! if antidepressants are dosed appropriately, with modern agents, they should help you deal with your depression and basically not give you any side effects. If you are having side effects, it may be a less than optimal agent, your dose could be too high, or other creative psychopharmacological techniques are not being considered. ...Read more

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Can you be resistant to depression medication?

Can you be resistant to depression medication?

Not exactly.: More often it is that you haven't found the right medication for you. And some people break down medications much more rapidly than others. Whatever you do, don't give up! ...Read more

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What are some effective medication for depression?

What are some effective medication for depression?

Many Options: We are fortunate to live in a time where there is effective treatment for depression along with many medication choices. Options include the tricyclic antidepressants ie tofranil, pamelor, & norpramin, serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors ie prozac, zoloft, and lexapro. Other popular options include wellbutrin, effexor, (venlafaxine) cymbalta, desyrel, & remeron, you & your doctor will select the best one. ...Read more

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