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Any at home tips for depression?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology
9 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Establish routine, schedule, to make your environment more predictable.
Self-care routine -- set a times of the day for exercising, hobbies, reading, (doesn't have to be done all at once, but even 15min.), work on me time. Practice relaxation, positive visualizations -- you can find scripts on line or in the library. If you're being treated, stay compliant with treatment. Good luck!

In brief: See below

Establish routine, schedule, to make your environment more predictable.
Self-care routine -- set a times of the day for exercising, hobbies, reading, (doesn't have to be done all at once, but even 15min.), work on me time. Practice relaxation, positive visualizations -- you can find scripts on line or in the library. If you're being treated, stay compliant with treatment. Good luck!
Dr. Miroslava Fox
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Dr. Jack Hinkle
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Exercise causes a beneficial change in neurochemicals.
B-complex vitamins. St. Johns wort, if not on MAO medication. Get out and serve others is a big one. Sunshine. Give thanks and gtratitude for all things, even the experience. Forgive and ask for help from above.

In brief: Yes.

Exercise causes a beneficial change in neurochemicals.
B-complex vitamins. St. Johns wort, if not on MAO medication. Get out and serve others is a big one. Sunshine. Give thanks and gtratitude for all things, even the experience. Forgive and ask for help from above.
Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Tips for depression

Exercise ( at least walk every day 30 minutes).
Force yourself to think positively ( do not pay too much attention to the a.N.Ts or automated negative thoughts . Read positive books. Go out of the house. Get involved in helping others (volunteer programs). Go to comedy shows. Be active in your religious community. Consider medications : talk to pcp or psychiatrist.

In brief: Tips for depression

Exercise ( at least walk every day 30 minutes).
Force yourself to think positively ( do not pay too much attention to the a.N.Ts or automated negative thoughts . Read positive books. Go out of the house. Get involved in helping others (volunteer programs). Go to comedy shows. Be active in your religious community. Consider medications : talk to pcp or psychiatrist.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Stay active

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress.
Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders.

In brief: Stay active

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress.
Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Exercise

If possible, get yourself outside for a vigorous walk every day for 20 minutes or more.
Exercise releases what are known as endorphins (natural chemicals that make you feel good) into your system. Don't look for overnight results, or dramatic results. But after about a week of doing this, see if your mood changes.

In brief: Exercise

If possible, get yourself outside for a vigorous walk every day for 20 minutes or more.
Exercise releases what are known as endorphins (natural chemicals that make you feel good) into your system. Don't look for overnight results, or dramatic results. But after about a week of doing this, see if your mood changes.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Andrew Berry
And if this question is about you, get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other.
Dr. Michael Welsh
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: CBT Workbook

You may find picking up a workbook, the cognitive behavioral workbook for depression: a step-by-step program (http://www.
Amazon.Com/cognitive-behavioral-workbook-depression-step/dp/1572244739) may be a good start. Research consistently shows us that there are three extremely important components to managing depression -- good sleep patterns, healthy eating, regular exercise.

In brief: CBT Workbook

You may find picking up a workbook, the cognitive behavioral workbook for depression: a step-by-step program (http://www.
Amazon.Com/cognitive-behavioral-workbook-depression-step/dp/1572244739) may be a good start. Research consistently shows us that there are three extremely important components to managing depression -- good sleep patterns, healthy eating, regular exercise.
Dr. Michael Welsh
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