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How can you prevent double depression?

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The best way to prevent double depression is to treat dysthymia. Often a combination of antidepressant medications and cognitive therapy works best. Experts recommend starting with one approach for a few months, watching its effect, and then either switching to or adding the other if more help is needed.

Exercise can help improve mood and improve sleep patterns.

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Depression."

Medline Plus: "Dysthymia."

Tamburrino, M. 2009. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Klein, D. April 2008. Journal of Psychiatric Research,

The Florida State University: "FSU News: Double Trouble: Hopelessness Key Component of Mood Disorder."

Columbia University Medical Center: "Q an A about Dysthymic Disorder (Chronic Depression)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 29, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Depression."

Medline Plus: "Dysthymia."

Tamburrino, M. 2009. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Klein, D. April 2008. Journal of Psychiatric Research,

The Florida State University: "FSU News: Double Trouble: Hopelessness Key Component of Mood Disorder."

Columbia University Medical Center: "Q an A about Dysthymic Disorder (Chronic Depression)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 29, 2019

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