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Alternative Treatments

A visit to a behavioral health practitioner may often provide an alternative route to conventional treatments. The treatment will usually consist of a combination of behavioral techniques and certain vitamins and herbs.

When you go to see the behavioral health practitioner for the first time, be prepared to provide information about your physical health and any current medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbs. Also, write down instructions your practitioner gives you. Do not be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

Come to an agreement with your practitioner on your treatment plan. Follow the treatment plan. Even though you may be feeling better, symptoms may come back if treatment is not completed.

The following steps may help you stay on top of your condition and treatment:

  • Take an active role in your treatment. Start by learning as much as you can about depression.
  • Keep a Daily Activities Log to help you recognize which activities affect your mood and monitor your compliance with your treatment activities.
  • Keep a record of the medications you take and what effect they have on your mood.
  • Follow the recommendations of your behavioral health practitioner. Keep all scheduled appointments.
  • Tell him about any medication side effects you experience.
  • Take care of yourself with a balanced diet, moderate exercise and regular bedtimes, and by reducing stress and avoiding alcohol and illegal drugs.
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