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Is there alternative methods to treating depression without dealing with quacks and drugs?

17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Seek an expert mental health professional who takes the time to hear you & to begin to know you clinically.
Listen to him/her. Engage. If that professional communicates effectively with you, work with him/her. Expertly managed psycho-active meds may be crucial, but it is a comprehensive process not just a prescription that will determine your response/recovery.

In brief: Yes.

Seek an expert mental health professional who takes the time to hear you & to begin to know you clinically.
Listen to him/her. Engage. If that professional communicates effectively with you, work with him/her. Expertly managed psycho-active meds may be crucial, but it is a comprehensive process not just a prescription that will determine your response/recovery.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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2 comments
Dr. Ed Friedlander
This is very good advice. Much of both depression and anxiety result (in many but not all cases) from tricks that we allow our minds to play on us, old ways of thinking that we can abandon to our benefit. Talking, or even some of the online mood gyms and workbooks, have proved enormously helpful. Call it "psychotherapy", "insight", "cognitive-behavioral therapy", or "applied common sense" -- it can be good pain, like having a boil lanced, and leave you a far stronger person and effective than before.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Good points Dr. Friedlander and Dr.Brutoco.
Dr. James Eyerman
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It depends on the type of depression, one of the most effective treatments for bipolar depression is n-actyl-cysteine [burke, 2008, j of psychopharmacology].
Healing breath technique was found as effective as ect/imipramine [antidepressant efficacy of sudarshan kriya yoga (sky) in melancholia: a randomized comparison with ECT and Imipramine .” n janakiramaiah et al] exercise may be a first choice.

In brief: Yes

It depends on the type of depression, one of the most effective treatments for bipolar depression is n-actyl-cysteine [burke, 2008, j of psychopharmacology].
Healing breath technique was found as effective as ect/imipramine [antidepressant efficacy of sudarshan kriya yoga (sky) in melancholia: a randomized comparison with ECT and Imipramine .” n janakiramaiah et al] exercise may be a first choice.
Dr. James Eyerman
Dr. James Eyerman
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Quacks and drugs?

It's puzzling that you'd ask those you refer to as quacks, such an important question.
Would you trust our response? Despite this, i'll suggest that consistent exercise has been shown to be equivalent to some antidepressants; that some people with methylation issues need l-methylfolate; that diets high in processed foods increase risk of depression; & psychotherapy can help dramatically.

In brief: Quacks and drugs?

It's puzzling that you'd ask those you refer to as quacks, such an important question.
Would you trust our response? Despite this, i'll suggest that consistent exercise has been shown to be equivalent to some antidepressants; that some people with methylation issues need l-methylfolate; that diets high in processed foods increase risk of depression; & psychotherapy can help dramatically.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Exceptional point Dr. Pappas. After devaluing a profession, the individual then seeks the expertise of that profession.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: One alternative

Acupuncture is an effective adjunctive treatment for depression.
It works well with combined with cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotropic medication or both.

In brief: One alternative

Acupuncture is an effective adjunctive treatment for depression.
It works well with combined with cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotropic medication or both.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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