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How can I prevent depression?

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There is no known medicine, supplement, or herb that prevents a first episode of depression.

After an episode of depression, most people will have another. But you can prevent or lessen these relapses by:

  • Taking antidepressant medicines consistently as prescribed
  • Learning and practicing cognitive therapy techniques
  • Getting regular exercise and sleep
  • Avoiding alcohol and drug use, which can cause or worsen depression and make medication treatments for depression work less effectively

From: Depression in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  

Cochran, S. , 2003.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Depression in Men." 

National Institutes of Mental Health: "Men and Depression." 

Zimmerman, M. , 2006.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Gotlib I, Hammen C. , Guilford Press, 2002.  Handbook of Depression

World Health Organization: "Is Depression a Disease of Poverty?" 

Rupke, S. January 1, 2006.  American Family Physician,

Mann, J. 2005.  New England Journal of Medicine,

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Men."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:  

Cochran, S. , 2003.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Depression in Men." 

National Institutes of Mental Health: "Men and Depression." 

Zimmerman, M. , 2006.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Gotlib I, Hammen C. , Guilford Press, 2002.  Handbook of Depression

World Health Organization: "Is Depression a Disease of Poverty?" 

Rupke, S. January 1, 2006.  American Family Physician,

Mann, J. 2005.  New England Journal of Medicine,

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Men."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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