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Depression: Prevention and Treatment
Depression results from a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors.
In general, lifestyle changes that may help avoid depressive periods include: staying engaged with others (the right support group can be valuable); taking advantage of habits such as journaling, time management, reducing stress, and exercise. Taking care of yourself with proper foods and adequate sleep is also important.
Exposure to toxins, scented products, and allergens have been known to play a role in some cases of depression. Food allergies or sensitivities and digestive problems (along with candida overgrowth) have also been linked to depression.
When treatment is needed, standard approaches focus on anti-depressants: 1) selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors; 2) serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors; 3) norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors; and 4) atypical antidepressants. Each of these has negative side-effects that many seek to avoid.
For non-drug or natural therapies that may help in depression, please see our article Integrative Therapies for Depression.
There’s not one single answer for depression, so be prepared to work with a healthcare provider to find the approach that is best for you.
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