4 Ways To Overcome Depression

Many people, in a misguided attempt to overcome depression, take to alcohol, drugs, or other self destructive behavior. But there are much better methods of overcoming depression than the path that many choose.

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1) Prescribed medications - Over the years, pharmaceutical companies have developed a variety of medications to help patients overcome depression. As a class, these drugs are referred to as antidepressants and typically require a doctor's prescription. In order to prescribe the correct medication for you, however, your doctor must first look at your medical history and examine you.

Even after this process, however, it may turn out that the drug is not right for you. This is because, in the real world, arriving at the right drug and the right dosage is very much a matter of experimentation and elimination.

In recent years, the main class of drugs usually prescribed by doctors are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. You will probably recognize them by their trade names such as Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Lexapro. And, of course, there are generic versions as well.

It may turn out that you don't react well to SSRIs, in which case the doctor will choose from one of the many other classes of drugs.

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2) Eliminating or changing drugs - Recreational drugs such as alcohol, cocaine, barbiturates, and the like, can often deepen a depression or - even worse - lead to dramatic emotional mood swings. Sometimes, even medications that are prescribed by a doctor can cause unpredictable results and spiral the patient into an extreme depressive state.

As a result, eliminating these drugs from your daily life can sometimes cause an immediate reaction to your mood. For example, you may be taking a prescribed medication for high blood pressure, diabetes, or some other medical condition. Almost all of these type of drugs have side effects - some of which affect mood and can cause depression in some people. If you have noticed a change in your moods since starting a new medication, let your doctor know and see if he can prescribe an alternate one for you.

For those who self medicate, there are many over the counter drugs that can cause depression as well. For example, if you take sleeping pills on a regular basis, you may discover it affecting your mood.

As a result, many times, the best way to overcome depression is to simply stop taking the drugs you are currently taking.

How To Overcome Depression Without Medication

3) Talk therapy - This is one of the more effective, non drug related methods of overcoming depression. The reason  is twofold. One, many people hold their problems within themselves. They let their insecurities and pressures build up inside them until it begins to weigh on them emotionally. Many times, just the fact of being able to air out your worries with another person can make it seem like a big weight has been lifted from your shoulders, even if nothing materially has changed in your life.

The second reason that talk therapy is often so effective is that the mere fact of talking your problems out with someone - a close friend or a therapist - can help you to determine the reasons why you are depressed. And this will enable you to come up with solutions to your depression problems that, possibly, you hadn't considered.

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In fact, even in situations where the doctor will prescribe drugs for depression, they will recommend that you take therapy as well. Studies have conclusively shown that, even in cases where medications are helpful in overcoming depression, the combination of medications and talk therapy works best of all.

How To Overcome Depression Naturally

4) Exercise - This is a really underrated method that many doctors recommend to their patients to overcome depression. Although not a cure for major depression, it has been proven to have a positive effect on moods. One of the best ways of using exercise is to integrate it into your daily routine so that it becomes a habit.

Ironically, one of the main problems with using exercise to treat depression is that often the patient is too depressed and unmotivated to actually implement an exercise routine. This is a situation where an exercise friend or buddy can be of enormous help in ensuring that the both of you stick to your goals.

If you suffer from severe depression, however, don't be fooled into thinking that just because you feel better after exercising that you can drop your medications. Any, changes in medication should be approved by your primary physician.

The best outcome is that exercise not only leads to a lessening of depression due to changes in your body chemistry, but that you become a much healthier person physically as well.

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