I would like to learn to feel better and overcome panic attacks/depression without the use of medicine (bc medicine tends to just make everything worse). Does anyone know of a good support group online? It helps to have someone to talk to that has gone through the same thing.
Asked by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on Sep. 19, 2010 in Health
Answer by navywifemomkoch at 2:01 PM on Sep. 19, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 2:01 PM on Sep. 19, 2010
Answer by surfcitymom at 2:05 PM on Sep. 19, 2010
The problem with face-to-face depression support groups is that everyone is depressed. Depending on your personality depression support groups can make you feel more depressed because everyone is depressed. Many (not all) people that are depressed have reasons that contribute to their depression and what has gone on in their life can depress you. This could also happen with on-line groups. My MD warned me away from depression groups. If you are empathetic or are the kind of person that needs a box of kleenex to watch Marley then being exposed to other with depression may not be a good idea.
Answer by Gailll at 2:08 PM on Sep. 19, 2010
You might try going to the bookstore or library and looking at self-help books and seeing if you think any could work for you. Some people do better if they improve their diet, get out of the house, get involved in voluteer work, being around healthy people, learn a relaxation technique, exercise, ect. There are also good depression web sites. If medicine made things worse in the past that doesn't mean it will this time. It could have been the wrong medicine. A very weak antidepressant (not even at antidepressant sthrength) can help you sleep. Sometimes getting sleep can make a huge difference. Many people with chronic pain or illness also have chronic depression.
Answer by Gailll at 2:13 PM on Sep. 19, 2010
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