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Is there any way to treat depression without medication?

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Is there any way to treat depression without medication?

Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.

Yes, there are ways to deal with depression without medication. As long as you do not feel suicidal or unable to cope with daily life (both situations require immediate care), then you can work on your depression through other types of therapy.

You mentioned that you have tried therapy. That is one good option. Individual therapy can help you explore the source of your depression and find ways to cope better with how you feel. Therapy can also help you reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Although medication can do this as well, medication comes with many side effects and only helps with the symptoms as long as you take it. Once you stop, your symptoms come back. Therapy is a process that helps you eliminate your symptoms for good and teaches you how to cope if the symptoms return. To find a therapist, ask your doctor for a referral. Or you can search on line at

You can also use self help to deal with your depression. Because depression is so common, there are numerous resources to help you. Here are some to get you started:

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by ***** *****, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs by Stephen S. Ilardi

Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You by Richard O'Connor

You can find these books on or your local library may have them for you.

You can also use support groups on line or in person to find the support you need to help you through your depression. Often, just being able to share your feelings and finding out others feel the same as you do can help you make a big leap in your recovery. Here are some support groups links:

I hope this has helped you,

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