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Does anyone with mild depression need to take antidepressants? I have tried celexa, but the side effects made me feel worse. I do not think I could talk to a shrink, cause I do not believe they really care, and I do not know them. Anyone know of a simple home remedy??

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Whether we need to take antidepressants for mild depression depends on the person and how well they handle the depression. Personally, I never had to take any. What I did was just disconnect from all the work around me and others for a short while (an evening or two) and focus on watching inspirational material (mainly YouTube videos).

Even if inspiration is not the problem, depression can sap out the motivation from within you. I found that getting back even a sliver of my motivation helped me to get back up again. I would also spend time doing things that relaxed me even in that depressed state.

But if you find that you are unable to cope with mild depression, then you should at least go talk to a general doctor, they may just tell you to take some Tylenol or something and just rest. But remember, no answer on here can ever replace a doctor's opinion :).

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The need for medications can only be decided by a mental health professional. You must always visit a doctor before deciding the final treatment option. Doctors might ask for medications at first. Then probably switch you to either CBT or animal assistance therapy. 

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With respect, Andrea, there are a variety of professionals who can prescribe.  Among those who've prescribed for me are MDs, PAs and NPs. 

The other therapies you mentioned are but two of, again, a variety.  Doctors may recommend someone see a therapist or other specialist (and vice versa).  No one can say exactly what course of treatment is probable for any one person.

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Hi Martin,

Years ago I tried a number of the popular home remedies, soothing teas, mugwort, this wort, that wort.  Never had any luck with them.  I've lived with mild, and occasionally lethal, depression for 40 years.  I have an ongoing physical thing, so I take oxy, and that relieves it, though it turns me into a sort of friendly Mr. Hyde, and I don't totally relate to myself or my emotions, though I function fine--the junkie's lament.  My only real relief is in involvement.  I don't mean the P.T.A., just something that catches and holds my interest.  I'm lucky that works for me to a degree.  It might be a hobby, a book, a subject.  I've spent the last 12 months looking at videos and reading books on Himalayan, high-altitude climbers.  Kind of like the Knights of the Round Table stuff.  Point being, treating mild depression may be more amenable to mild cures, like those blasted repetitive thoughts.  Digging into something is my only relief.  Good luck to you.

Bulgakov the White

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