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What’s On Your Mind?

A depressed life can feel very wrong. What if life is exactly the way it’s supposed to be? The quality of life does not have to be determined by our emotions. We can learn to monitor how our thoughts shape our emotions. If we can change our depressive thoughts we will change the way we feel, perceive, and experience the world and those around us. How are you thinking today?

By JP Paxton
Weekly Help for Depression Recovery
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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