What are the most effective means of coping with depression?

U + sup'b psy'trist. Unlike other medical specialties, I have found that even being board certified is not the guarantee it is in the other "more hands on" specialties. Treating the mental apparatus, is only now displaying the sheer depth of its complexity. Breath taking! i am sure this will not win me any friends at the american psychiatric association.

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