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Is it possible to manage and ease depression with medication only, eg just antidepressants and not any form of therapy?
 
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Theoretically yes...

But it depends on the cause of depression, your response to medication, finding the magic combination at the 1st attempt (many people spends years and not find the medication to work for them)

So Practically, It's unlikley.

Why are you adverse to therapy? Also Therapy doesn't have to be with a medical specialist, therapy can be something to suit you - retail therapy exists, finding something that sparks your interest again, but realistically most cases of depression the cause has to be addressed
 
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I like how you widen the scope of therapy:

"Retail therapy exists, finding something that sparks your interest again"

Very wise advice.
 
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It is good to medicate. And listening to good, motivational and uplifting songs on youtube helps me. Music is therapeutic. It helps.
 
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It is possible. Though studies show both together deliver the highest percentage of positive outcomes.
 
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Is it possible to manage and ease depression with medication only, eg just antidepressants and not any form of therapy?
Medication is intended to take the 'edge' off of depression, not to eliminate it. It is only one item in a list of items that you'll need to work on. There is also therapy, regular exercise, healthy diet, sufficient rest, anxiety-controlling techniquest, etc..

I take medication and I'm glad I do, it helps. But to really treat depression requires effort in all the other things I listed. You need to address the causes of depression and for most of us that is not just chemical. That's part of it, but not all of it.

Best advice is to see a professional therapist and work out a plan to improve in all those areas. I think you will find that focusing on all fronts will give you much better and more permanent improvements in depression than just taking pills every day. And that is the goal, to elevate ourselves out of the mental condition we are stuck in.
 
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I have treatment-resistant bipolar depression. I'm taking meds, but I seriously doubt that they are working. I've had ECT and TMS, but no luck with them. I've tried almost every SSRI, and they don't give me any relief, because I'll stop the SSRI I'm on, and I don't notice any difference. Therapy doesn't help me, because how many times can you rehash the same old thing? I know the causes of my depression. I just don't know if genetics or a chemical imbalance in my brain also play a role. What I do need to work on are my cognitive distortions. I think that will really help me. So I trudge along. I exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and have sufficient rest. My smiles are fake. I don't laugh (usually), unless it's because Benjamin Franklin was attributed to inventing the light bulb instead of Thomas Edison. I forget who the OP was for that slip. It still makes me smile and briefly laugh every time I think of it. So I trudge through each day, looking forward to when I can sleep. Aarrghh!
:help: :help: :help:
 
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I am taking up a new hobby, so I'm hoping that will help me. Finding a significant other will definitely help me.
 
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Medication never really treats the issue, just numbs the feelings. There are new modern ways of getting therapy treatment without having to go in person, I've heard of talkspace or betterhelp.. I also am not a huge fan of therapy. I like to take Enlightened Organics CBD tincture and try and therapy myself... friends and significant others are also great at helping you see the hidden parts of yourself maybe you weren't aware of! I find joy in the smallest things, like having beautiful flowers around or twinkly lights or sitting in the grass and taking my shoes off...
 
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I have treatment-resistant bipolar depression. I'm taking meds, but I seriously doubt that they are working. I've had ECT and TMS, but no luck with them. I've tried almost every SSRI, and they don't give me any relief, because I'll stop the SSRI I'm on, and I don't notice any difference. Therapy doesn't help me, because how many times can you rehash the same old thing? I know the causes of my depression. I just don't know if genetics or a chemical imbalance in my brain also play a role. What I do need to work on are my cognitive distortions. I think that will really help me. So I trudge along. I exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and have sufficient rest. My smiles are fake. I don't laugh (usually), unless it's because Benjamin Franklin was attributed to inventing the light bulb instead of Thomas Edison. I forget who the OP was for that slip. It still makes me smile and briefly laugh every time I think of it. So I trudge through each day, looking forward to when I can sleep. Aarrghh!
:help: :help: :help:
I hate to say it, but laying back to go to sleep every night has become a big comfort zone for me. That and my first beer in the afternoon. And also when I take a small dosage of Xanax.

I never thought I'd become a kind of person where escape like sleep, alcohol or medication would be highlight for me-but I have. I've never had a problem with alcohol, I often went months without even a beer or glass of wine. But today, with this social separation and being shut in due to the pandemic-it helps me get through the day.

I suppose a lot of folks are feeling the same way, we're all in the same kettle of fish as they say. This current environment is challenging for everyone, if you have MH issues on top of it you're really stressed out. Hope it ends soon, the world needs a big hug right about now.
 
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Therapy is much more likely to be helpful than antidepressants in my opinion. Antidepressants don't work. Not for me, anyway.
 
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