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Alternatives to anti-depressants?

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I was taking anti-depressants for about three years and have been off them for almost a year now but have been struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide. I don\'t want to go back on the pills because they make me feel like I don\'t feel anything, but then I don\'t want to feel like this anymore. I\'m 22, live at home and my parents don\'t think I\'m lazy when really most of the time I have trouble just getting out of bed.

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replied May 29th, 2010
Depression Answer A12604
Thanks for using this forum....

The best way to get out of depression is doing something productive for society or yourself..or engage in some activity you love or are passionate will forget about depression once you are addicted to your passion/work..

take care...

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replied June 1st, 2010
Dr Malhotra

Are you really a doctor! What a shocking answer to give someone pleading for help. That is far too simple a solution I can not believe you gave that answer! Where did you obtain your training you should be deregistered!

Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn't quick or easy, it's far from impossible. You can't beat it through sheer willpower, but you do have some control even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key to depression recovery is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day and draw on the support of others.
Getting the support you need plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. On your own, it can be difficult to maintain perspective and sustain the effort required to beat depression. But the very nature of depression makes it difficult to reach out for help. However, isolation and loneliness make depression even worse, so maintaining your close relationships and social activities are important.

The thought of reaching out to even close family members and friends can seem overwhelming. You may feel ashamed, too exhausted to talk, or guilty for neglecting the relationship. Remind yourself that this is the depression talking. You loved ones care about you and want to help.

Turn to trusted friends and family members. Share what you're going through with the people you love and trust. Ask for the help and support you need. You may have retreated from your most treasured relationships, but they can get you through this tough time.
Try to keep up with social activities even if you don't feel like it. When you're depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell. But being around other people will make you feel less depressed.
Join a support group for depression. Being with others who are dealing with depression can go a long way in reducing your sense of isolation. You can also encourage each other, give and receive advice on how to cope, and share your experiences.

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