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How do I deal with depression without medicine?
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Dr. Claude Sassoon
Clinical Psychology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Behavior + Therapy
You can do some behavioral work right away.
1. Engage in regular physical activity like gym, running, or walking. 2. Do things you liked to do before, even if you don't feel like doing them now. 3. Force yourself to participate in activities with friends or family. 4. Prepare a weekly schedule of activities and stick to it. See a psychotherapist to help you make the changes you need.

In brief: Behavior + Therapy
You can do some behavioral work right away.
1. Engage in regular physical activity like gym, running, or walking. 2. Do things you liked to do before, even if you don't feel like doing them now. 3. Force yourself to participate in activities with friends or family. 4. Prepare a weekly schedule of activities and stick to it. See a psychotherapist to help you make the changes you need.
Dr. Claude Sassoon
Dr. Claude Sassoon
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Dr. Peter O'Donnell
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Talk therapy is ofte
It is important that you get a physical to ensure that there is no underlying health issue.
So make sure you see your pcp. Tell him you want to avoid medication if at all possible. Psychotherapy from a psychologist, or a counselor may be a great start. Firts you want to make sure that you get a thorough assessment. Talk therapy is often a viable option.

In brief: Talk therapy is ofte
It is important that you get a physical to ensure that there is no underlying health issue.
So make sure you see your pcp. Tell him you want to avoid medication if at all possible. Psychotherapy from a psychologist, or a counselor may be a great start. Firts you want to make sure that you get a thorough assessment. Talk therapy is often a viable option.
Dr. Peter O'Donnell
Dr. Peter O'Donnell
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
In brief: It's doable
Situational depression generally resolves when the "situation" resolves.
Endogenous depression, ie not primarily due to external events, is a biochemical disorder. Non-drug treatments can improve the chemical imbalances, including psychological counseling and mindfulness therapy (meditation + cognitive therapy) have been shown to restore chemical balance, eg on fmri and spect scans.

In brief: It's doable
Situational depression generally resolves when the "situation" resolves.
Endogenous depression, ie not primarily due to external events, is a biochemical disorder. Non-drug treatments can improve the chemical imbalances, including psychological counseling and mindfulness therapy (meditation + cognitive therapy) have been shown to restore chemical balance, eg on fmri and spect scans.
Dr. Edward Smith
Dr. Edward Smith
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