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Doctor insights on: What Are The Other Ways To Treat Depression Without Relying On Medication

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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 depression highly treatable? Be honest, what's the genuine likelihood of feeling like myself again

Is depression highly treatable? Be honest, what's the genuine likelihood of feeling like myself again

Honestly, yes!: There are varieties of depression and it's possible to suffer more than one at a time. Some probably do need medication - many just need you to trust a caring expert CBT or talk therapist and put in the effort, patience and courage. It is the ingredient that works most even w/ meds. Aim to feel strong and accepting rather than some early 'you'. Afterall, that 'you' ran into difficulties. Yes! 'tis ...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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I've got very severe depression. Is it treatable/curable?

I've got very severe depression. Is it treatable/curable?

Severe Depression: I commend you for your desire to overcome severe depression. • Believe in Wonder of Life Force within yourself. • Reflect on achievements of total life; and feel satisfaction. • Depression is treatable with good improvement in functioning. See Psychiatrist for complete Medical and Psychiatric evaluation for Diagnosis. Then discuss: • Hospital Treatment/Intensive Outpatient Therapy • Medication ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if severe depression and anxiety treatable/curable\?

Can someone tell me if severe depression and anxiety treatable/curable\?

Absolutely!: Both of these can certainly be managed, if not "cured" but it takes work on your part. It can be difficult to get started b/c both problems cause one to avoid reaching out to others. But, you must. Start w/ ur pcp, a therapist or clergy. Cognitive behavioral therapy is highly effective w/ both depression ; anxiety. The sooner u start the better! u can even start today w/some exercise ; vitamin d3. ...Read more

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My SPECT results showed, (severe) depression, (severe) anxiety & frontal-lobe syndrome? What is, frontal lobe syndrome & is it treatable? Thank-you!

My SPECT results showed, (severe) depression, (severe) anxiety & frontal-lobe syndrome? 
What is, frontal lobe syndrome & is it treatable? Thank-you!

Imaging causing Qs: Psychiatric diagnoses aren't made by imaging tests such as SPECT. Please discuss these results with the doctor who ordered the test and with your psychiatrist. ...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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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

Bipolar D/O tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more

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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more

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How do you treat depression if medication is not getting it better?

How do you treat depression if medication is not getting it better?

Therapy: Medications only go so far, depending on your biological make-up and the source of the depression. If your depression stems from things in your life- talking about it in therapy can be the key. ...Read more

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I don't want to be reliant on medication for my happiness what else can you recommend to help with my depression?

I don't want to be reliant on medication for my happiness what else can you recommend to help with my depression?

Cognitive Behavioral: Therapy is a very good option, or any form of psychotherapy with a good mental health professional. This is not the digging into your past type that is seen in the movies but focuses on the here and now and your mental "self talk." peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can depression and anxiety be treated effectively without medication?

How can depression and anxiety be treated effectively without medication?

CBT...: Connect with a good psychologist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a proven treatment for both depression and anxiety. ...Read more

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What are the long terms psychological effects of medications used to treat depression?

What are the long terms psychological effects of medications used to treat depression?

Varies: Medical depressive disorder is a neurobiochemical disorder affecting certain chemical connections and parts of brain. Antidepressants (ad) correct these defects in many patients. The long term psychological consequences are therefore good ones (as shown in many research studies). Adverse effects do occur with ad's but are mostly reversible. In bipolar patients ad's can trigger mania. ...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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Please answer! what medication is used to treat bipolar depression?

Please answer! what medication is used to treat bipolar depression?

Many: Bipolar disorder requires mood stabilizing medications such as lithium, depakote, tegretol, lamictal, etc. Sometimes antipsychotics like seroquel, risperdal, and zyprexa are used also, especially when the person is paranoid, delusional, or hallucinating. Latuda (lurasidone) also has an fda indication on its own for bipolar depression. Psychiatrists try to stay away from antidepressants in such cases. ...Read more

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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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How can I treat clinical depression without taking any medication?

How can I treat clinical depression without taking any medication?

See a therapist: Psychotherapy can be very helpful with depression, and the results can be more long-lasting than medication. Also you can make sure you're getting enough rest, exercise, and healthy diet -- staying away from alcohol and other mood and sleep-disruptive substances. Your family doctor can check for general health conditions too. Get yourself a good psychologist and work with him or her. Be well. ...Read more

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How can a psychiatrist treat depression without giving any medications?

How can  a psychiatrist treat depression without giving any medications?

Depression treatment: Therapy is a valid treatment for depression. Psychiatrists are trained in psychotherapy as well as medication. Many psychiatrists do less therapy because there is such a need for medication treatment, and insurance makes it harder for them to get reimbursement for therapy versus medication treatment. You are very close to musc which has a great psychiatry department. Contact them! good luck! ...Read more

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