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How To Fight Depression Without Drugs?

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 91% (7730 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
How To Fight Depression Without Drugs?

The condition known as depression can range from a self-limiting case of the blues to a life-threatening illness. Medications are often prescribed for depression, and if you are experiencing significant, debilitating depressive symptoms, drug therapy may be your best option for improving quality of life. If you prefer to fight depression without drugs, however, there are many simple, effective strategies to try, especially if you’re dealing with a passing case of the blues or a situational depression triggered by life circumstances. These steps can also be helpful when used along with medication for serious depression.

Tackle manageable problems. Not all problems have straightforward solutions; depression can be exacerbated by issues that are out of your control, like health problems, financial problems, and the death of a loved one. In order to overcome life’s toughest problems, it helps to get practice by tackling something you can change. What are the smaller obstacles in your life that cause you to feel negative day by day? Practice overcoming those, and you’ll gain strength to face the bigger issues.

  • Set solution-oriented goals. Think of concrete ways you can improve your situation. Has your house gotten overly cluttered? That’s something you can tackle. Make a detailed plan to clean the house, room by room, and allow yourself to feel satisfaction with each mission you accomplish.
  • Keep track of your progress in a journal. Sometimes the simple act of writing a goal down provides motivation to move forward and make a change.

Express yourself. Depression tends to cause people to retreat from life and avoid communicating a lot with other people, but it only gets worse when you keep emotions bottled up inside. Your feelings have value because they are a part of you, so find a way to express them.

  • Don’t spend too much time alone. Have daily conversations with friends, family and classmates and avoid negative people. It’s not necessary to talk about your depression; just be yourself and say what comes naturally. The most important thing is to remember you are not alone and there will be always someone ready to help.
  • Writing, dance, visual arts, music and other types of art can be extremely therapeutic forms of self expression.
  • Don’t be afraid to express sadness, fear, anger, anxiety and the other emotions that accompany depression. These feelings are as much a part of life as happiness and satisfaction. Compounding your emotions with shame will only make you feel worse.

Nourish your spiritual side. Many people find that turning to spirituality helps them find peace when they’re dealing with depression.

  • Try meditation, which is focused on developing thought patterns that lead to self-awareness and peace. Research meditation groups in your area or practice on your own.
  • If you are a religious person, consider attending your place of worship more frequently, and getting involved in groups that meet outside of services. Spending time with like-minded people will give you the comfort of being part of a community.

Be kind to yourself. Depression can lead to extremely negative feelings about one’s abilities and personality. Focus on what you like about yourself and the positive things you have to offer the world, rather than dwelling on things that are going wrong.

  • Don’t blame yourself for being depressed. Depression affects almost everyone at one point or another. You aren’t weak or cowardly; you have a condition that can be debilitating, and you’re taking steps to face it head-on. That’s brave.
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Hello doctor! I am 20 years old and am suffering from anxiety and depression. I have tried various types of remedies- from talking to loved ones to consulting a therapist, but I still seem to be stuck without any effective solution. Been facing this problem for almost a year.

Dr. Saul Pereira 97% (45071 ratings)
Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Hello doctor! I am 20 years old and am suffering from anxiety and depression. I have tried various types of remedies-...
At your age this claim is serious. If you have depression then there are some major ramifications to take into account. I believe there may be some genetic predisposition or there has been some childhood issue, related to anger, that needs urgent attention. You must go and meet with a competent counselor immediately and if that person advises that you meet with a doctor you must do so and cooperate to your utmost. It is likely that your therapist was not suitable because it may not have been that person's speciality. So please find a depression therapist and work out the details with him/her. Please visit these professionals along with your parents. In the meantime please do the following sincerely because you could resolve the problem better with good cooperation: Have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber, nuts, avocado, exercise regularly, eat dark chocolate, do Yoga meditation exercises, spend time in nature or gardening, etc. I suggest you do the opposite of what this depression makes you feel like doing (actually, not doing): you will need to fight this condition. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, wake up by 6 am every day, play some active games, especially contact games, do physical exercises, talk to people and join some social clubs, attend Yoga classes etc. Watch sitcoms on TV or comedies and cheer yourself up. Go for excursions in groups, for outings, camps, conferences, and religious conventions. Get a pet dog and spend time training it, exercising it and relating to it. Expose yourself to some sunlight every day, at least, 30 minutes but not in the scorching heat. Whatever happens, please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three, lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in God to alleviate your sufferings. Don’t wait for others to help. Use your own motivation, which might be at its lowest, but persevere and win this battle. Above all to be really happy, you need to live in love and for love. Learn all about emotions and how to handle them and that will get you out of the depression rather easily and quickly. A counselor is there only to facilitate you, all the hard word must come from you, and your cooperation with that person is very critical for your success. Be positive every day and learn to be contented with what you have. Do some left brain exercises: it is the happy brain. Here are a few suggestions: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do calisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. Whatever happens please cooperate with the therapy and do not discontinue until the condition is completely resolved.
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I am using alprax alprazolam 0.5 mg daily 2 tablets from 15 days but I am bothered now I am leave this tablets please you tell me hurry up that which is tablet so released of it please help me which medicine I can use for leave this alprax please tell me.

Dr. Jagadeesan M.S. 94% (11223 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I am using alprax alprazolam 0.5 mg daily 2 tablets from 15 days but I am bothered now I am leave this tablets please...
I am not sure who got you hooked onto sleeping pills. On a longer run they will shrink your brain, resulting in early onset dementia, personality changes, memory changes, even withdrawal seizures. Kindly consult a psychiatrist, get your sleep evaluated, and he will gradually wane you off the sleeping pills and give pills which promote sleep by acting on the cause of sleep disturbance, he may also educate you on sleep hyigiene.
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Before six month ago I was suffered from panic attacks, till one month I suffered from this attacks. I have fear of recurrence of panic attacks. Please let me know what can I do.

Dr. Jagadeesan M.S. 94% (11223 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
Before six month ago I was suffered from panic attacks, till one month I suffered from this attacks. I have fear of r...
A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. Many people have just one or two panic attacks in their lifetimes, and the problem goes away, perhaps when a stressful situation ends. But if you've had recurrent, unexpected panic attacks and spent long periods in constant fear of another attack, you may have a condition called panic disorder. Panic attack can come in agoraphobia, when there is fear of places where there is no exit, in crowds, locked places, travelling far from home….etc. Although panic attacks themselves aren't life-threatening, they can be frightening and significantly affect your quality of life. But treatment can be very effective. Consult a Psychiatrist and get remedy. All the best for you.
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I have an issue; two life incidents had happened; One at the age of 10 years and the other at 21 years. The thoughts just comes everyday all the time and disturbs me. My question is this happening due to my thinking to that incidents again and again or my mind is just bringing a thought and disturbing me. When this thought comes I engage in thinking and end up with stress and tensions and I am not able to live a normal life and depressed much. I had a hair fall issue as side affects of it. Kindly help me. I want to live.

Dr. Ankita Mishra 92% (167 ratings)
MBBS, D.P.M, MD, PLAB, MRCPsych
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I have an issue; two life incidents had happened;
One at the age of 10 years and the other at 21 years.
The thoughts ...
Dear Sir I can see that you are quite distressed because of these incidents that have happened in past. Please see a psychiatrist or a psychologist for detailed discussion of what happened as it is affecting your present life. Having repeated Intrusive Rodham corps be a sign of mental health problems like depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. Please see a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation. Management usually consists of psychological therapy or medication depending on the outcome of evaluation. I am certain that you will be able to come out of it with proper support. Feel free to contact me or any other psychiatrist for further help. Thanks Regards.
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Sir, my wife get delivery before four months after that she facing problems like not feeling hunger and feeling depress and negative thought and tense about some small small problem and anxiety.

Dr. Juhi Parashar 97% (4643 ratings)
Masters In Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Sir, my wife get delivery before four months after that she facing problems like not feeling hunger and feeling depre...
It's post partum depression I believe you should discuss your concerns in detail with a mental health professional to gain an insight about nature of problem and ways to overcome it through psychotheraputic techniques Consult with me or any psychologist for therapy and counseling Connect with me through text or audio on Lybrate All the best Seek help for early recovery.
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I am 30 year old married, I am suffering from panic attacks for the last 4 years and I am tired of it it feels like I die from heart attack the feeling comes at any time in day or night. My life is very unhappy due to this problem sometimes it pains in my chest also. please help how can I be live a normal life.

Dr. Sathish Erra 90% (3028 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Homeopath, Hyderabad
I am 30 year old married, I am suffering from panic attacks for the last 4 years and I am tired of it it feels like I...
Anticipatory anxiety – Instead of feeling relaxed and like your normal self in between panic attacks, you feel anxious and tense. This anxiety stems from a fear of having future panic attacks. This avoidance may be based on the belief that the situation you're avoiding caused a previous panic attack its better to consult doctor.
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I feel low, sad and tired all the time. I am obsessed with a part of my body which everyone says looks fine but to me it looks weird. I used to see it in mirror all the time but now I have avoided looking at it in mirrors. I have never been to a psychiatrist before but I remember having issues even as a child. I used to pull my hair from my legs, arms, even genitals. But that went away with time. For next four years I was happy and no such thing happened. But in Feb, my boyfriend cheated on me and since then this problem started. I started obsessing over my eyes. They are asymmetrical since I have some genetic condition but everyone says it's nothing I should obsess over. I don't know how to accept it and move on. I think nobody understands. I really really need a very good doctor who can just tell me what is wrong with me. I can barely function. every time I try to start something new to feel better, I quit after one or two days. Please help.

Mr. Senthilkumar L 95% (443 ratings)
Diploma In Psychology Counselling Skills, Diploma in ayurveda, B.S IT
Psychologist, Bangalore
I feel low, sad and tired all the time. I am obsessed with a part of my body which everyone says looks fine but to me...
Hello Friend, Good that you are seeking a help here. What you are going through is a Obsession compulsions disorder. Your anxious thoughts about body and self esteem is the source for all such problems. It's a curable problem, with certain mindset change techniques or psychotherapies. Suggest you to take a counseling help to openly discuss your problem to get a suitable solutions. Feel free to reach me online or through Lybrate chat for further evaluation and recommendations. Be positive. You will be alright soon.
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I am 21 years old female my mind is not stable in case of my career, relationships etc. I face difficulties in expressing myself and my feelings for others which leads to many other problems. I am seriously looking forward for a help.

Dr. Sathish Erra 90% (3028 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Homeopath, Hyderabad
I am 21 years old female my mind is not stable in case of my career, relationships etc. I face difficulties in expres...
Many people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have intense and unstable relationships with others. Their relationships tend to fluctuate between being all good or all bad and they can be unable to experience contradictory feelings when relating to the world or others Stop worrying about your co-workers. Jane comes in late. Give in to the boss's quirks. Show up on time. Take a vacation. Take a risk or two. Look for the positive in everything. Take a class. Give sincere thanks for criticism. Set small goals regularly. When it comes to annual reviews, there is so much focus on goals for the year. Stretch yourself. Get feedback. Curate your work. Be curious about your industry. Read Network brilliantly. Get a mentor.
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Make 26 Left arm pain while walking and during smoke. before 2 years ago i felt heart palpitation cardiologist gave me medicine I get better. But before a year I feel heart pain while walking I done tmt back normal. cardio told me its anxiety now I feel left arm pain during walk and smoke. As I think it angina. please help me. What I do. So depressed.

Dr. Sathish Erra 90% (3028 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Make 26 Left arm pain while walking and during smoke. before 2 years ago i felt heart palpitation cardiologist gave m...
Left arm pain may be a symptom of shoulder bursitis, which usually results from joint overuse. It could also be caused by direct trauma or bursa infection. This is the inflammation of the connective tissue between muscle and bone. Tendonitis in the shoulder or elbow could be the source of left arm pain. Do not worry its better to consult doctor.
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