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How can you get better with depression?

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Take an active role in your treatment. Taking charge of your treatment is one way to feel in control again. Some tips:

  • Stick with your treatment because antidepressants and talk therapy may take weeks or longer to work. Or your doctor may need to try different combinations of treatments.
  • Take your medicine as prescribed on schedule.
  • Never quit your medicine without your doctor's OK.
  • Make lifestyle changes. Eat a healthy diet, drink less alcohol, lower stress, and get enough sleep.
  • Be honest and open with your therapist or mental health professionals.
  • Don't give up even if you feel helpless. Give yourself time to feel better again.

From: Depression Treatment Tips WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression," 2000. 

Fochtmann, L. and Gelenberg, A. , 2nd Edition.  Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder

Focus , Winter 2005.

Lawlor, D. , 2001. British Medical Journal

Blumenthal, J. , 1999. Archives of Internal Medicine

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder." 

National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need to Know." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Healthy Lifestyles." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?" 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression," 2000. 

Fochtmann, L. and Gelenberg, A. , 2nd Edition.  Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder

Focus , Winter 2005.

Lawlor, D. , 2001. British Medical Journal

Blumenthal, J. , 1999. Archives of Internal Medicine

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder." 

National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need to Know." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Healthy Lifestyles." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?" 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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