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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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What are ways to overcome ADHD without relying on medication?

What are ways to overcome ADHD without relying on medication?

Meet with a: psychologist who specializes in ADHD. They can work with you on techniques that can help you stay focused. If it is not enough, you can always get evaluated for a trial on medications (which can be helpful for many people). ...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 are the best ways to manage anxiety and panic without meds?

What are the best ways to manage anxiety and panic without meds?

Many : I agree with dr. Fowler's suggestions, and want to add the option of psychotherapy with a skilled professional. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one -- but not the only -- form of therapy that can help anxiety and panic. Choosing the best methods to help, depends on the clinical situation. Some people do respond well to meds that manage panic attacks, but therapy is important in getting well. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to treat moderate depression and anxiety without going on medication?

Can there be a way to treat moderate depression and anxiety without going on medication?

Yes: Psychotherapy (different modalities) can succesfully treat it without medication, although those are not necessarily antagonic approaches. Regularly psychiatrists use both (in a sequence, or at the same time) to maximize outcomes and obtain the fastest results. ...Read more

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What is the number one way to treatment depression without medications?

What is the number one way to treatment depression without medications?

No "best way": Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, journaling, herbal supplements ( 5 htp, same and st john's wort) and supplements (vitamin d, b complex, omega 3). I can't really say there is one particular treatment that is the best. For severe depression a combination treatment of medication and therapy works best. ...Read more

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There are many people are on depression and anti anxiety medication, do you think this is really the solution to solving the issues of depression?

There are many people are on depression and anti anxiety medication, do you think this is really the solution to solving the issues of depression?

Research shows that: Psychotherapy is just as effective as medication for most depression and anxiety. Skills learned in therapy last longer than medication and don't have side effects. Although some people find medication helpful, research has not found that depression results from a chemical imbalance any more than a headache results from an Aspirin deficiency. Medication alone does not resolve depression. ...Read more

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What are ways to resolve bipolar disorder without pills and counslers?

What are ways to resolve bipolar disorder without pills and counslers?

Not possible: Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness probably caused by imbalances of hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain. Predisposition to it may be inherited in some cases. You cannot effectively treat it with supplements, diets or any other natural ways. ...Read more

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Are there ways to treat depression without meds or a psyciatrist?

Are there ways to treat depression without meds or a psyciatrist?

Lots depression tx: Depression symptoms respond to: exercise/ behavioral activation, sleep hygiene, mindfulness activities, increased social support, lowered relationship conflicts, increased spiritual connections, developing meaningful purpose in life. Psychotherapy is equally effective to medications, and can complement meds, i.e., interpersonal & cognitive-behavioral therapy provided by licensed clinicians. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some arguments for and against the use of medications to manage mental illnesses?

Could you tell me what are some arguments for and against the use of medications to manage mental illnesses?

Wrong question. :-): This kind of argument is far too global to be helpful or realistic. A more applicable & realistic question is whether a given person, with a given mental illness, needs a particular medication at a specific time. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, in discussion with the patient (and family, if appropriate). The idea is to diminish suffering and support health as much as possible. ...Read more

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What's the best way to control depression without medication? With medication? What's the best medication for someone young?

What's the best way to control depression without medication? With medication? What's the best medication for someone young?

Evaluation first: The key word here is not so much "control, " but to understand and treat, your depression. You may or may not need medication. Psychotherapy alone may be the best help for you, but the best way to know is through an evaluation with a psychiatrist or therapist. So please make that appointment. In the meantime, regular exercise & being with friends may help. If feeling suicidal, seek help in er. ...Read more

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Aside from methadone, what are the other drugs used to treat addiction?

Aside from methadone, what are the other drugs used to treat addiction?

Let's clarify this: Neither Methadone or buphrenorpine "treat" addiction. They are fda approved to maintain addictions. That's it. In other words, to keep you from withdrawing. Treatment of addiction to opiates requires: commitment, help and a plan. Once you get these 3 things, stick to the plan. Period. In life there are a lot of things that are simple but not easy. This is a great example of "simple, not easy". ...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 some of the most commen symptoms of anxiety and can you please tell me the most natural approach to helping cure them?

What are some of the most commen symptoms of anxiety and can you please tell me the most natural approach to helping cure them?

Anxiety: Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders & back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration & easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Sometimes the worst thing about anxiety is the just not being able to put your finger on the reason that you feel that way. Natural approaches >>>. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to treat severe anxiety?

What are the best ways to treat severe anxiety?

A mental health: Can diagnose the type of anxiety you are dealing with. He/she can also teach you some strategies to manage it w, ell, e.g., self-hypnosis, meditation, biofeedback etc. A self help book you and add in addition is the relaxation response by cardiologist herbert benson. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the easiest way to relieve depression without any pills or medication?

Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What are some proactive ways to treat anxiety and anti-social problems?

What are some proactive ways to treat anxiety and anti-social problems?

Anxiety: Cognitive behavior therapy with sleep hygeine would work. Schedule appointment with mental health counselor to help u work on stress management and coping strategies. ...Read more