Depression: What You Can Do In Addition To Treatment
In addition to treatment for depression, consider the following :
- There are hotlines to call if you are in crisis mode or can't handle the moment. For information, click here.
- There are steps you can take to alleviate a depression, such as setting realistic goals for the day, and exercising. For information, click here.
- The family pet can help relieve depression. Dogs also generally provide exercise as well. (For information about pets and how they relate to a serious health condition, click here.)
You may not think about it, but oral care is important to help prevent unnecessary infections. IA side effect of some anti-depressants is dry mouth which can provide a safe haven for bacteria. Rather than risk dental problems, it is advisable to consistently floss and brush your teeth. Use mouthwashes with fluoride which are without alcohol. (For information about oral care with a serious health condition, click here. For information about dealing with dry mouth, click here.)
NOTE: Avoid self medicating with alcohol or other substances. Alcohol is a depressant. St. John's Wort, a supplement that some people use for depression, has interactions with many prescription medications. Speak with your doctor before taking St. John's Wort or any other nutirtional supplement. (For more information about supplements, click here.)