What techniques can I use to prevent depression?

Depression Prevent. Spend time with your friends. If a religion, practice it routinely. Exercise - but do not overdo it. Insist on restorative sleep. Avoid anything more than infrequent alcohol intake. Emphasize happines, fun, and pleasure as part of your life goals. Mindful meditation practiced routinely helps. Being grateful, forgiving youself/others, engaging in flow experiences. Have clear goals and find meaning.
Depression Treatment. If you have been evaluated and treated for depression. Then medications and therapy is the best out come. If mild symptoms regular routine, stress management techniques health diet and exercise can help.
Depression. Monitor how you talk to yourself, a negative self voice is often the key cause of depression, if you alter the way you talk to yourself, changing a critical voice to an understanding voice you will be far less likely to become depressed. Best.

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How to prevent depression?

Good, tough question. "Depression" is only a word, used variably, without confirmed, specific biology. So, discussion starts there. However, depression is typically "constitutional" (genetics or early trauma) or "acquired" (life circumstances). Treatment of former is long term and cure rare. Treatment of latter >> fix how you approach the disparity between what you believe your life should be v. what it is. Read more...
From reading this. it looks like you are suffering from depression and take fluoxentine & Clonzepam. Are you receiving any talking therapy in addition to your medication management? If no, I believe that is essential for your wellbeing. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get > Read more...

Does chocolate help prevent depression?

Chocolate. In some, yes, temporarily, depending on type of chocolate. Read more...
Perhaps briefly. As dr. Ali says, dark chocolate may help lift mood briefly. However, at least one study in san diego showed that people who ate the most chocolate had the most likelihood of depression. http://www.webmd.com/depression/news/20100426/more-chocolate-means-more-depression-or-vice-versa also if you use a product containing artificial trans fat, it may interfere with healthy omega-3 fat metabolism. Read more...

How does exercising prevent depression?

Stimulation. Exercise causes an increase in the metabolic rate that remains enhanced for hours after the exercise ended. Exercise also causes release of endorphins which are substances that increase a feeling of well being. Read more...
Endorphins. Your body produces specific chemicals when you excercise. A group of these are called endorphins and can improve mood. In addition you then sleep better and have better appetite. Better body condition improves self esteem. However do not overdo excercise. Physical and mental exhaustion can make you worse. Read more...

What are some ways to prevent depression?

Stay Healthy. Get plenty of regular exercise, eat a well balanced diet, have regular check-ups with your doctor, seek counseling if you are particularly stressed out, maintain a healthy level of spirituality if so inclined, stay positive and seek out positive relationships, continue a happy sex life-if you have such desires, make sure you don't sweat the small stuff and try to always count your blessings. Read more...

What's the best way to prevent depression?

Prevent depression. Some would say (somewhat jokingly) to choose your parents well. But besides that, you can make sure to eat healthily, avoiding processed foods; get regular exercise that you enjoy; consistent rest/sleep. Maintain healthy loving relationships w/family and friends. Involve yourself in life -- let yourself be curious & creative, and let your work be something you love to do. Spiritual practice too. Read more...

Please tell me what can you do to prevent depression?

Live well! Eat healthfully. Socialize w/good friends ; family. Get good sleep every nite. Exercise daily. Volunteer ur time. Read good books. Try to find a job u love. Treat urself w/kindness and dignity. Love urself, love others. Meditate. Avoid nightly ; cable news (not a joke!). Don't overspend. Save for retirement. Even w/all that, u may feel sad sometimes. It's ok to feel the feelings; therapy can help. Read more...

What sort of things can really prevent depression, apart from meds?

Several Things. Psychotherapy is very helpful. Other things like exercise, healthy diet, and even light have been shown to be helpful. Just going for a walk outside every day can help keep depression away. Read more...

Does smoking lead to or prevent depression?

Unclear. Research on this is still being done. At this point "the evidence is stacked against nicotine as a mood lifter, despite widely-held beliefs to the contrary, " according to a review article: http://psychcentral.Com/lib/2011/can-smoking-cause-depression/ smokers have higher rates of depression than nonsmokers. A smoker's expectations of the effects of smoking are important in the short term. Read more...

How do I know if I am depressed or temporarily down because of health and other issues? Ways to prevent depression? Dont want to take antidep

It may not matter. I am so pleased to hear people willing to put off the pill solution. Consider a good therapist you feel trust in to explore your situation w/ you. After an eval, you'll understand the basis and find the best treatment plan. If it includes a med option, you can discuss it. Not everyone does better w/ them. Try understanding and guidance. I hope you do well. Read more...
Depression. Symptoms of depression last at least longer than 2 weeks and are often initiated by stress or health issues. Preventing depression means taking care of your health in general, especially 7-9 hours of sleep per night and frequent exercise. I suggest accomplishing small goals daily to increase self-esteem and interact with supportive people. 1-800-273-8255 if suicidal thoughts or plans. Read more...