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22 Jul 2008

is there a way to cure depression without medication. most days it feel like the world in crashing in. all my dreams and hope have blown up into smoke. like you are in quick sand and sinking. currently im jobless, in debt recentaly boyfriend broke up with me. nothing my friends say or do can make me happy. i burst out weeping sometimes i dont know why. the panic attacks are starting again and thats because ive been so stress out. i dont like going to doctors or taking medication. all i want is my happy life back again.
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01 Jan 0001

To some extent. Medication can be very useful in dealing with the chemical aspects of Depression, which are real and serious. But one specific variety of psychotherapy / counselling, called CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) has been shown by good research to be at least as effective as the medications, with lasting benefits, and obviously it deals more specifically with aspectslike one's assumptions, habits, and exp[ectations. Nobody can wave a wand and give you back the happy life you had ; but with the aid of a CBT therapist, you yourself can create a happier and sturdier way of life, in which you for instance, might find better love and relationships, but without giving anyone else the power you gave away to this bf, enabling him to devastate you by leaving.
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