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How to cure depression without medications? I'm depressed but i don't want to take medications for it.

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Dr. Reynald Ferraz
Psychiatry
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The mayo clinic website also offers information for other treatments that are not "standard" medication (i.
e. Alternative treatments/complementary medicine). Here is a useful link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/depression/ds00175/dsection=alternative-medicine.

In brief: The

The mayo clinic website also offers information for other treatments that are not "standard" medication (i.
e. Alternative treatments/complementary medicine). Here is a useful link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/depression/ds00175/dsection=alternative-medicine.
Dr. Reynald Ferraz
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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Hi. There are two types of "depressed": depressed mood and clinical depression.
If you just have a down mood, i don't think that i would recommend medications for that. In that situation it would be good to find out what is making you feel low and dealing with it. Getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep per night, a healthy balanced diet, at least 64 ounces of clean water per day and regular aerobic activity would be very beneficial. Having friends or family members to share with is also important. If you have unpleasant moods (i.e., sad, angry, anxious, irritable, scared) much of the time and it is impacting your functioning that is more serious. If you are experiencing problems with sleep, appetite, energy level, motivation, isolation from others, self esteem, decision making, unrealistic feelings of guilt, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness and concentration; that has more of a global impact. If you have suicidal thoughts and you are concerned you might act on them, you need immediate medical attention. Whether you have a depressed mood or clinical depression, there are great forms of therapy that are not medication. There is supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy, just to mention a few. Group therapy is also a great idea. I suggest you see a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation, and then he or she can suggest treatment options to you. Together, you can develop a plan for working with your depression. Take care.

In brief: Hi.

Hi. There are two types of "depressed": depressed mood and clinical depression.
If you just have a down mood, i don't think that i would recommend medications for that. In that situation it would be good to find out what is making you feel low and dealing with it. Getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep per night, a healthy balanced diet, at least 64 ounces of clean water per day and regular aerobic activity would be very beneficial. Having friends or family members to share with is also important. If you have unpleasant moods (i.e., sad, angry, anxious, irritable, scared) much of the time and it is impacting your functioning that is more serious. If you are experiencing problems with sleep, appetite, energy level, motivation, isolation from others, self esteem, decision making, unrealistic feelings of guilt, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness and concentration; that has more of a global impact. If you have suicidal thoughts and you are concerned you might act on them, you need immediate medical attention. Whether you have a depressed mood or clinical depression, there are great forms of therapy that are not medication. There is supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy, just to mention a few. Group therapy is also a great idea. I suggest you see a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation, and then he or she can suggest treatment options to you. Together, you can develop a plan for working with your depression. Take care.
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