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I am doing a report about depression and I was looking for opinions. Do you believe depression is curable without prescription drugs?(can certain foods help, can depression just go away, etc. )I know some people do not want to take prescription drugs for their depression so what methods can they use to "feel better"-for lack of a better word? Also, how ofen does depression return (like how many people go through more than one period of depression?), what are the statistics if any?

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    I don't know if depression is curable, but with prescription drugs and counseling, a person may be able to work out his/her problems and rarely have symptoms of depression.

    John, a friend I met when he was in his 40s, had had such severe depression that he hospitalized himself when he was in his 20s. After three weeks, he checked himself out, deciding the hospital wasn't helping him and that he'd better get on with his life. He took prescription medication and saw a therapist for a few years. When I met him, he rarely had any symptoms and hadn't been on medication, nor was he seeing a therapist for a while. For the next 23 years, he lived a productive and happy life. In his late 60s he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and immediately asked the doctor for an antidepressant. He knew that a catastrophe such as this illness would push him over the edge and that he needed this medication. He took the antidepressant, along with anti-anxiety medication, until he died a few months later.

    This sites may also help you.

    http://www.utexas.edu/student/cmhc/booklets/meds/meds.html

    http://depression.about.com/od/factsfigures/Statistics.htm

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    And, the word curable needs to be defined.

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