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How can staying connected with family and friends help in recovering from depression?

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Set aside time to do things that you used to enjoy doing. Get out with your family or friends. Or take up a hobby that used to give you pleasure. Staying active -- and connected with the people in your life -- may help you feel better.

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Babyak, M. et al., , 2000. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Food and Mood," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder, 2002." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J., , Winter, 2005. National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Seasonal Affective Disorder." National Institutes of Mental Health: "Depression." National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need To Know."






Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionPsychosomatic MedicineFocus

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Babyak, M. et al., , 2000. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Food and Mood," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder, 2002." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J., , Winter, 2005. National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Seasonal Affective Disorder." National Institutes of Mental Health: "Depression." National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need To Know."






Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionPsychosomatic MedicineFocus

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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