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What can I do to help treat my depression at home?

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To help treat my depression at home you can:

  • Monitor your mood.
  • Strengthen your social support.
  • Stick with the prescribed treatment.
  • See a depression expert.
  • Develop good medicine habits.
  • Don't ignore side effects.
  • Let your doctor know if you are prescribed other medicines by another doctor.
  • Never stop taking your depression medicine without your doctor's permission.

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

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

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Pub, 2000.

Cadieux, R. J. American Family Physician, December 1998; vol 58: pp 2059-2062.

Compton M.T. ACP Medicine, Psychiatry II, 2003.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder;"  "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder;" and "Treatment Challenges: Finding Your Way To Wellness." 

Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J. Focus, Winter 2005; vol 3: pp 34-42.

Keller, M.B. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2005; vol 66 (supp 8): pp 5-12.

Manning C. Current Medical Research and Opinion, 2003; vol 19: pp 526-531.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Medications" and “What is Depression?”

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

National Mental Health Association: STAR *D Study.

Stimmel, G. Psychiatric Times, July 2002; vol 19.

FDA: “The Lowdown on Depression.”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II, Rodale Books, 2006.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

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

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Pub, 2000.

Cadieux, R. J. American Family Physician, December 1998; vol 58: pp 2059-2062.

Compton M.T. ACP Medicine, Psychiatry II, 2003.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder;"  "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder;" and "Treatment Challenges: Finding Your Way To Wellness." 

Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J. Focus, Winter 2005; vol 3: pp 34-42.

Keller, M.B. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2005; vol 66 (supp 8): pp 5-12.

Manning C. Current Medical Research and Opinion, 2003; vol 19: pp 526-531.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Medications" and “What is Depression?”

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

National Mental Health Association: STAR *D Study.

Stimmel, G. Psychiatric Times, July 2002; vol 19.

FDA: “The Lowdown on Depression.”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II, Rodale Books, 2006.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 25, 2019

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