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How do I know I have depression?

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Asked: 2018-11-12 17:07:12
So, I have had a couple of spells of depression. And first I want to say that I do not want to be diagnosed and take medication. The symptoms are not wanting to get out of bed, I don't even have the energy to shower. Life seems to come to grinding halt when my depressions hits. Is this depression? What are some natural ways that I can get myself out of this funk?


Answered: 2018-11-13 17:33:35

I can understand not wanting to take medicine. I'm a vegan and I try not to put any chemicals in my body. Natural remedies are perfect for sadness and a few difficult days, but there is an appropriate time for medication to be used. Major Depressive Disorder is an actual chemical malfunction in the brain that can actually produce some of the symptoms you mentioned. Correcting the chemical imbalance temporarily with medication might be a better answer for you than unwittingly turning to drugs or alcohol for relief of the depression symptoms. That could develop an addiction, which is an addition to your mental health concerns, not an solution to them. Talk to your doctor about your concerns with these symptoms and your reluctance to take medication. It's likely there's a treatment that you can be happy with.


Answered: 2018-11-26 22:08:56

Hey Annabelle - Exercise helps a ton, but you should know depression is the result of brain chemical imbalance. If you were to take medications, it's not a life sentence. You shouldn't make yourself suffer if it's not necessary.

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