Living with Depression
Out expert team of doctors and pharmacists receive many questions about depression. Many of these questions are from individuals seeking information about depression treatment, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes they can make to improve their depression symptoms. The following questions deal with depression treatments, lifestyle changes, and dietary advice. Click on the questions below to see the answers.
I was recently diagnosed with mild depression. I'd like to treat it without medication, if possible. I've started exercising and getting more daylight, but I'm wondering about diet. Have any foods been shown to help with depression?
My best friend was recently diagnosed with depression. She insists that she can treat it "naturally," without medications. Having gone through depression myself, I'm not so sure. Have any natural depression treatments been shown to work?
I've been feeling really down lately and have been wondering if I'm suffering from depression. I'd like to talk to my healthcare provider about it, but I'm unsure of what to expect. How do healthcare providers test for depression?
I've been feeling really down lately. I'm pretty sure that I have depression (it runs in my family). How long can I expect my depression to last without treatment? If I do treat it, how quickly will antidepressants start to work?
My father is a stoic man who rarely talks about his feelings. My mother passed away a couple of years ago, and I'm worried that he may be depressed. I was treated for depression about 10 years ago, so I know what depression looks like in women. Is depression different for men? If so, what are the signs of depression in men?
I've been experiencing a lot of back pain lately, as well as problems with my digestion and fatigue. My best friend suggested that I might be depressed. Can depression cause physical symptoms? If so, what are the physical signs of depression?
My husband has always been so vibrant and full of life, funny, and quick to laugh and smile. But lately he hardly smiles at all and seems tired and sad. I'm concerned that he might be suffering from depression, but other than sadness, I don't know what to look for. What are the warning signs of depression?
I was recently diagnosed with depression. I'd like to treat my depression naturally, without medication. What herbs and/or supplements can I take for depression?