8 Depression Myths: Fact and Fiction

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Medication Is the Solution

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6. Medication Is the Solution

Unfortunately, medication is not an absolute cure for depression. Some people will respond well to a medication trial, while others will find no difference in their symptoms.

Others find the improvement to be overshadowed by problems with side effects that range from discomfort to danger.

Depending on the type, medications can increase levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and other wanted neurotransmitters into the brain, but research has found cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can change the brain as well.

Exercise, eating, and other pleasurable experiences can change the brain, too. Medication might be helpful, but it is only one aspect of a multidisciplinary treatment for depression.

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