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How to cure severe depression in safe ways like no drugs?

How to cure severe depression in safe ways like no drugs?

If severe - do: recommend meds. Non-pharmacologic approaches: Start with talking therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. ...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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I feel like I might be slowly slipping into a severe depression, how do I fight against it?

I feel like I might be slowly slipping into a severe depression, how do I fight against it?

Agree with excellent: recommendations you already received. Your Dr can assess for mood disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily > ...Read more

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I've been suffering severe depression over the past year. I feel like if I don't take time to recover its just going to get worse,how could I do this?

I've been suffering severe depression over the past year. I feel like if I don't take time to recover its just going to get worse,how could I do this?

Get help!: Seriously! That's the answer. However, to be more specific, start w/your FamilyDoc or GP. S/he may refer you for cognitive behavioral therapy or other counseling. Just as effective as drugs but w/o side effects. If psychotherapy & medications don't help, then get referral to Psychiatrist. But don't ignore this. There's no need to suffer in silence. See your doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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Symptoms of severe depression?

Symptoms of severe depression?

Severe depression: Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed; sad mood most days; changes in appetite (either less or more); changes in energy (lethargic and flat, or anxious/agitated); changes in sleep (either too much, or disturbed -- especially with early morning awakening). Extremely negative thoughts about self & others; intense guilt; suicidal thoughts, etc. Psychiatrists & psychologists can help. ...Read more

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Does ect treat severe depression?

Does ect treat severe depression?

Definitely!: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has a success rate of over 80% among patients with severe depression whose illness failed to respond even to multiple attempts at medication therapy. Its success rate is closer to 90% for the type of depression (called melancholic depression) that entails loss of appetite, slowing down of activity and speech, and insomnia. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe depression?

What can I do for severe depression?

Get Help: Severe depression is dangerous because it can not only disrupt your life, it can even make you want to end your life. If it's already this severe, you need an emergency evaluation. If not yet to that point, you can see an outpatient psychiatrist who can take a full history and make suggestions for treatment. Ideally this starts with psychotherapy, but antidepressants may also be needed to help. ...Read more

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What are signs of severe depression?

What are signs of severe depression?

See below: Signs of depression vary. The person may have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep. Maybe sleeping a lot. The appetite maybe very decreased or increased, as well as the weight. There is a sense of hopelessness and a loss of enjoyment. Most of the time , there will be isolation. Of course the most worrisome sign would be thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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What is severe depression medication?

What is severe depression medication?

Agree w Dr. Howell: Major depression may be treated with different classes of antidepressants( selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepineprhine reuptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics & bupropion. Tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors are often used off- label now (rather than for depression). ...Read more

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