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What do I need to know about recovering from depression?

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There's a lot that you can do on your own to ease the symptoms of depression. Changing your lifestyle can have a big effect on your mood. The key is to try not to get overwhelmed at the idea of changing your behavior. You also shouldn't try to kick all your bad habits overnight. Instead, start by making a few small changes to your life. As you start feeling better, make some more changes. Gradually ease yourself into a healthy lifestyle.

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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