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How can lifestyle changes help the work of your medication for depression?

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Lifestyle choices can affect how well an antidepressant works for you. It’s important to get enough rest and avoid recreational drugs and alcohol. With some medications, you need to stay away from citrus juices like orange or grapefruit juice.

SOURCES:

Michelle B. Riba, MD, associate director University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Todd Antin, MD, founder and CEO, PACT Atlanta. American Psychiatric Association: “Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, Third Edition,” “What Is Depression?” Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: “Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help.” Harvard Health Letter: “What you should know about antidepressants.” Here to Help: “Myths About Antidepressants.” Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”





Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Michelle B. Riba, MD, associate director University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Todd Antin, MD, founder and CEO, PACT Atlanta. American Psychiatric Association: “Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, Third Edition,” “What Is Depression?” Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: “Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help.” Harvard Health Letter: “What you should know about antidepressants.” Here to Help: “Myths About Antidepressants.” Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”





Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 11, 2018

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