How do you beat depression?


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According to Mayo Clinic, the two most common treatments for depression are psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. There are several types of antidepressant medications, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, atypical antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Sometimes these medications are taken in combination with other types of medications, such ass antipsychotics, mood stabilizers or anti-anxiety medications.

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For treatment, a person must visit a licensed medical professional to set up an effective, medically sound treatment plan. In addition to Mayo Clinic's recommended treatment options, WebMD states that there are a number of natural remedies that may help with depression. Exercising, eating healthy foods, setting goals, having a stable routine, changing negative thoughts, having a stable sleep schedule and trying to have fun are all effective ways to help ease depression.

St. John's wort is a natural supplement that possesses SSRI properties, states the University of Maryland Medical Center. Unlike prescription antidepressants, St. John's wort is a naturally growing herb. Some evidence suggests that it is just as effective as other SSRIs and may cause less side effects. While St. John's wort is shown to be effective in treating mild or moderate depression, it is believed to be ineffective in treating severe depression.

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