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blueberries

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I have had depression for several years now, I have also tried various medications and therapy.

I've also had a few addictions, which I am overcoming and in the process of getting clean. I also don't do much exercise other than walking to places throughout the day.

Would like advice on what to do next? Should I focus on getting some exercise a couple times a week and overcoming the addictions first?
 
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davidr

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Definitely focus on exercise and getting clean. Don’t know what kind of addiction you mean, but if it is drugs or alcohol they could make your depression even worse.
 
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Nukelavee

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Well, dealing with the addictions would be a good start. I had a painkiller addiction for a few years, I was using them to cope with my anxiety and depression. Of course, constantly worrying about and buying my supply just added to my sense of self-disgust and depression.

For the record - quitting cold turkey is not advised by doctors. Trust me - it's harsh. Talk to a doctor about the addictions, ask for advice on teh best way to get clean. It's not easy, but believe me, it's worth it.

Whatever you're taking will be interacting with any meds you take, and will definitely affect your mood at some point.

Make certain you eat properly, and get enough sleep. And, yes, exercise is good. Even a short walk a couple times a day helps. You want to be as healthy as you can, as going off the drugs or booze will strain your system.

The healthier your mood and body, the easier this will be.

But - again, I advise talking to a doctor for some advice.
 
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