How Can You Get Rid Of Depression Without Medication?
How can you get rid of depression without medication?
Sadly in some cases depression will require medical and or psychological interventions. Yet, I would suggest practicing some mindfulness yoga and refocusing your energy and thoughts towards a more positive outlook. There is always a plus where there is a minus, it is up to you to find it and make it grow. CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, has been shown to have positive effects on decreasing depressive symptoms and feelings without medications. But if we are talking about clinical depression, the kind that is halting or interferring with your daily life, please discuss with your doctor as soon as possible. A medication may be in order for a short duration.
I believe there are different levels of depression. There are times when depression occurs because of friend issues, grade issues, or other situational issues that can be dealt with using things like engaging in positive activities, making positive goals, exercising, talking to others, and problem solving. As the depression level intensifies, there might be the need for professional counseling to assist in problem solving using various treatment methods. If the depression is too severe or there is a chemical depression, it will be probably be necessary to take a prescription medication. Chemical depression is a problem with a chemical imbalance in the brain that makes it imposible to deal with issues until the chemicals are regulated, and this will most often require medication. (I have a hub about this called "Chemical Not Crazy".
There are various causes for depression, and different levels and durations of depressive episodes. Some individuals may experience brief depressive episodes after a particularly triggering event (like the death of a loved one) while others may struggle with depression for years, due to more deeply rooted psychological or biological/physiological causes. Some important tools for managing depression include regular physical activity, relaxation techniques (like mediation), a healthy diet, a regular sleep schedule, and (of course) counselling. While these methods can be effective on their own, many individuals will benefit more from methods of depression management that combine these tools with medication. Some individuals may need medication as a sort of intervention to bring their mood up to a stable level where they will be able to engage in the use of these other tools, while some individuals - due to their biological makeup - will need to be medicated over a longer term.
There is nothing wrong with requiring anti-depressants in order to ensure your mental health. A lot of people who struggle with depression make it their goal to get 'off the meds' and manage their depression 'on their own', which is understandable. However, this will not be a possibility for every person with depression; because as already mentioned the disorder comes from a variety of causes, including biological, for which medication could be indefinitely necessary. If a person requires medication indefinitely to correct problems with their brain chemistry and to ensure that their mood is stable, there is no shame in that.
by Autumn Keegstra 4 years ago
Does anyone think there is anyway to solve depression, without medication??I am definitely in a slump, and really need to get out of it. But I need help. Anti-depressants are always there, just wanted to explore a little before I made that decision.
by Lets Learn 2 years ago
How are people coping with depression without taking any pills? Pills for depression is not a great idea as they invariably come with side effects.
by Virginia Davis 4 years ago
Mental disorders. True or false?I was taught my entire life that mental disorders do not exist and that they are a thing of the mind and after all... you control your own mind. Depression is a weakness, just simply choose to be happy. A.D.D is an excuse to not pay attention. Anxieties and stress is...
by julieh 8 years ago
Do you think it is possible to treat childhood depression without using medication?
by Del Banks 7 years ago
How can you deal with depression and anxiety without medication or therapy?
by bipolar girl 7 years ago
Hey folks im needing some advice from some fellow Bipolar peeps. I've decided to come off the meds and do it alone. The weight gain was unbearable. Does any1 else out there have bipolar and manage to cope without meds?
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