What's the best way to overcome depression?

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  1. qlcoach profile image76
    qlcoachposted 12 years ago

    What's the best way to overcome depression?

    There is some research that shows medications to treat depression don't work very well. Then how can one restore that chemical imbalance?


  2. Just Ask Susan profile image89
    Just Ask Susanposted 12 years ago

    For me anti-depressants worked best to come out of the depression along with a bit of therapy.

  3. Alternative Prime profile image57
    Alternative Primeposted 12 years ago

    Fortunately, I have never experienced the condition but I would assume the first logical step is to determine if your psychological state is in fact "Depression" as defined by a medical professional, and then take necessary or prescribed actions to minimize or hopefully eliminate the potential energy draining symptoms. A self diagnosis is probably not the prudent route to take when trying to pin point the exact root cause of the ailment if in fact a precise "Trigger" can indeed be identified.

    Is it "Depression" which can be all consuming or even physically and mentally debilitating, or, is it a significantly milder case of the "Blues" or even just a brief bout with "Loneliness"? Both of which can usually be conquered with a little help from friends and family combined with the simple passage of time.

    Proper analysis and conclusions can only be performed and rendered by a highly qualified and licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. In addition, if an anti depressant is prescribed, always proceed with caution by reading the instructions in full to uncover any and all possible side effects.

  4. qlcoach profile image76
    qlcoachposted 12 years ago

    Alternative Prime: Thank you for your suggestions. They make sense. Yes it's important to seek out qualified professionals for help.

    Just ask Susan: I think you're right two. The research shows that a combination of therapy and medications does bring relief.

    Over the years, I've learned a process of helping others that encourages people to try out four steps to all forms of emotional pain, suffering, and even addictions:
    vent the problems; use positive thoughts to stay in balance; take positive action to get relief; and to positive beliefs that increase hope and faith. So what do you guys think about this? Peace and Light....Gary.

  5. tosha11 profile image60
    tosha11posted 12 years ago

    Well there is more than one answer to this. Some people have depression issues threw gentics.(My Mother-In-Law) These people have daily medications that they take to supress the depression.
    Other people have bouts of depression when they have generous amounts of stress, or sadness in their lifes. These people can have the option of seeing a threrapist to try and deal with their feelings.
    Some happen to just have days where they just feel a little down and the best way to cope is to keep postive thoughts on these days.

  6. IJR112 profile image60
    IJR112posted 12 years ago

    Start exercising if possible.  Spend time out in the sun.  Take fish oil pills daily.  Listen to Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto.

  7. athena2011 profile image58
    athena2011posted 12 years ago

    I'm not a fan of prescription drugs so would always prefer to look for a natural alternative.

    In the case of depression there are several natural therapies for depression that research has proven the effectiveness of. Two of these are SAMe and St. John's Wort. They are both natural anti-depressants. There are also others. However, if you are on prescription meds for this condition do not just stop them abruptly to try these. Be sure to consult with your doctor.

    My focus in life is on helping people deal with stress, anxiety, depression and the pursuit of happiness and my research has provided me with those 2 suggestions for natural anti depressants.


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