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How to manage and cope up with depression

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Managing depression through medications:

Medically, depression is treated with the use of:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Celexa, Lexa-Pro, Prozac, Luvox, Paxil and Zoloft. 
  • Serotonin-2 antagonist/reuptake inhibitors (SARIs) like Serzone and Desyrel.
  • Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) like Effexor.
  • Atypicals like Wellbutrin and Remeron.
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) like Marplan, Nardil and Parnate.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants, like Elavil, Asendin, Anafranil, Norpramin, Sinequan, Tofranil, Pamelor, Aventyl, Ludiomil, Vivactil and Surmontil.
  • Mood stabilizers like Tegretol, Lamictal, Eskalith, Lithobid and Depakote.

Managing depression without medications:

Depression is caused by some negative emotions. It could thereby be managed by managing the negative emotions like grief, anger and fear.

Some easy tips to fight depression are:

Proper diet and exercise:-
  • Avoid food items that give a momentary purge of energy. Such food items contain lots of sugar and caffeine. These bring about anxiety, tension and internal problems.
  • Avoid alcohol as it works as a depressant.
  • Exercise regularly as it initiates the production of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are better known as "the happy chemicals" as they possess stress-reducing and happiness-inducing properties.
Bask in the Sun:

Sunlight inhibits the secretion of melatonin hormone. This hormone makes a person dispirited and lethargic resulting in depression.

Get involved in social activities:

Friends and worthwhile social activities give a satisfying feeling. This feeling helps in fighting depression.

Find a goal - a meaningful purpose in life:

No matter how difficult or discouraging life can be, one should deal it with a positive attitude. One should believe in himself and his ability to do anything that his heart desires.


Talking to a councilor/therapist helps in relieving the pain that causes the depression. Councilors and therapists are often able to provide some positive and helpful remedies that help a patient in coping up with the causes of his depression.


Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: April 13, 2012

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