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Can I Treat My Depression Without Drugs?

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 04:06 PM

Question: I’ve been taking an antidepressant that seems to help me sometimes, but not always. I am just trying to figure out if my depression is something I can control without drugs?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:  
 
Antidepressants generally work pretty consistently and the fact that you have breakthrough, occasional symptoms may mean it’s time to add to, modify, or substitute your medication.
 
Many patients develop insight into what can trigger their symptoms, and some report much relief being an active participant in their own management and treatment plans.
 
I find many patients have relief with yoga, meditation, and stress counseling, as well as with medication. You should try to avoid dietary stimulants, caffeine, and sleeping pills. Sometimes other agents are added to augment the effectiveness of antidepressants.
 
Talk to your doctor or psychiatrist about your options, and good luck.



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Antidepressants generally work pretty consistently, but other therapies can also help.
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