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    teen depression and religious views
    enm438 posted:
    is medication the only way that someone can over come depression. i talked with my youth pastor and he said that yes medication does work for some people but it isn't necessary to recover from depression and live your life normally. he also added that this will be lenghy ordeal. is there any need to go and talk with a professional, if your not planning on taking any medications, or will a support group work... any thoughts
    calcedonia01 responded:
    No medication is not the onlly way to over come depression but, it is a way to help you feel better and to be able to make clearer decisions. Prayer is our number one medication for depression. God made doctors to help people when they are ill. Coming from a nurse, both medication and lots of prayer and positive thinking will do wonders.
    Thomas L Schwartz, MD responded:

    you can beat depression as follows
    1- sometimes it is time limited and just goes away
    2- talking to supportive family/friends and changing lifestyles and habits and patterns may help (ie self help groups too)
    3- seeing a trained counselor/psychotherapist for psychotherapy can help
    4. meds can help

    Lots of options. The key is you are asking for help and getting educated!

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