There are lots of alternative treatments for depression, or better ... 'things' you can do to overcome depression - with or without the help of a therapist or doctor.
I am so glad you are searching for information on how to deal with depression - a sure sign that you will recover sooner rather than later!
Just in case you are not sure about what exactly depression is - hop over to my depression questionnaire and have a look at warning signs of depression. I will be here when you come back. Depression, stress and alternative treatments
You may find it hard to make any decision at all right now... I know. However, if you want to know how to deal with depression, just take from the list anything that 'kind of' appeals to you right now.
Really focus on it, learn it, do it, spend time with it, go for it, commit to it, give it time. I know it is hard, but you really aren't going to get better by sitting on the sofa!
The terms in bold mean that I have written a page on that - you'll find the links further down.
Are you feeling exhausted, stressed and/or generally 'under the weather'? See: Adrenal fatigue symptoms (link further down).
There may be some you really don't think are going to work for you (bear in mind that they have worked for others though). Carefully consider each option. There will be something that is going to help you in your particular circumstances, that fits in with your particular interests.
If life gives you lemons - make lemonade."
Actually ... often they recovered without any treatment for depression as such, other than working hard to ensure that they were meeting their essential emotional needs (see links) in balance and making the most of their 'natural' innate resources. For example: creativity is an innate resource - often extensively and inappropriately used for worrying - you imagine all kinds of things going wrong!
However, some clients came to me already on antidepressants (mainly SSRIs).
They had consulted their doctor to find out how to deal with depression. Their doctor may have had little time for them, limited understanding of how depression could be helped without 'happy pills' or nobody to refer them to. The general advice your doctor has been given, at least in the UK, is to 'ideally' prescribe antidepressants and offer talking therapy at the same time.
I think it would help you to gain a measure of control by informing yourself about the nature of antidepressants. You may find Peter Breggin's books very helpful and Dr Mercola's website too offers great advice - well backed up by research.
When you feel ready/well-informed - and you know how you can deal with depression by yourself - you can talk to your doctor again. With his/her help you may be able to gradually reduce your medication, before you can stop it completely.
As a therapist I am disappointed for you, if you have started
taking antidepressants and you have started counselling at
the same time. How would you know what is actually working,
when you are determined to overcome depression.
I would like to think that you have found a way of how to deal with your depression. I would hope that you feel it is your effort that is making the difference. However, there is not telling if you have started on medication more or less at the same time as you make changes in your life and/or have therapy.
Read here about other people's experience of dealing with depression.
Worried I am going to be on antidepressants
From Stacey I'm 31 years old, happily married with 2 gorgeous children, yet I find myself feeling surprisingly low. I've always been a happy go lucky …
Elly's reply to Jeanne. How fortunate your sister is to have such a caring sister as you, Jeanne! I am not qualified to advice on any medication and it …
Yelling and screaming triggers my depression
Elly's response to Stacy. I suspect, Stacy, that anyone who feels yelled at is likely to feel upset by it. I can certainly see that you feel completely …
Self obsessed and trapped
Well where do I start? I have always been image conscious and driven in anything I did, but it was a few years ago when it all started to take a deep …
My alcoholism stages and depression
From Chris. It was a while before I even realised I was depressed. It took even longer to realise that I was an alcoholic. But the suspicion of a link …
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Adrenal fatigue symptoms
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