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Treating Depression Symptoms

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Hi I think i have depression. I know the causes and i can’t change it i won’t commit suicide. can depression be treated without medication and without a professional help? and how? Thanks (age 19, from Syria)

Treating Depression Symptoms

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Thank you for writing in. There are many things you can do on your own to help ease the burden of depression, however, for severe or chronic symptoms, professional treatment is warranted.

Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise has shown to be very effective in alleviating depressive symptoms. Taking an honest look at your internal self-talk and learning to replace negative thoughts with more positive and hopeful ones is also very important. Keeping a journal of your thoughts and feelings will help you change the patterns. Most people with depression tend to be very self-critical and pessimistic. Finding things about yourself and your immediate situation to be hopeful about can go a long way. Other things that can be helpful are self-help books, yoga, mindfulness practices and doing activities that put your focus outside of yourself, such as volunteer work. And finally, some people find relief with holistic focused treatments such as acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal supplements.

I hope my suggestions help, but please don’t rule out seeking professional help. Depression is real.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts


Treating Depression Symptoms

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). Treating Depression Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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