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How to Beat the Doldrums

I was on a sailing race recently where there was so little wind that it took 20 minutes just to get across the start line. And then it got worse! After two hours, we had gone only a few miles. All the boats were slowly turning around in place - we were literally in the doldrums. The race became a contest of patience - mind over circumstance. We couldn't change the wind but we could choose to stay in the race and make the best of it. Depression is like this. Our lives are sometimes not working for us. We cannot change our situation. We can only somehow deal with our difficulties until our circumstances improve.
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Treatment Options for Depression

It was interesting to see what our poll results were on this topic. We would expect that many would say seeing a therapist, working with a psychiatrist or both - and that was the case. What was surprising was that more than 20% felt that online forums and chat rooms were their best option. Perhaps this shouldn't have been a surprise since our audience was answering this poll online. A relatively small number of respondents said that participating in a support group was their best option.

It turns out that our preferences for depression treatment are not necessarily the most effective. For example there are over 200 different types of psychotherapy but only a few have been shown to reliably treat depression. There are also many different meds that can be prescribed but about a third of us don’t respond to meds. For the other two thirds it can take six to eight months to find the best prescription drug or drugs.   Read More »
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