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What other treatments might be helpful?

Talking treatments

You may want to try a talking treatment to talk through feelings such as:

  • anxieties about whether you will be able to manage without medication
  • re-adjusting to your feelings – your medication may have suppressed your emotions and creativity, so you have to learn to cope with them in other ways
  • changes in your relationships, especially if people close to you are unhappy with your decisions

You should be able to get a referral for a talking treatment from your GP or they may be available locally, either privately or through local support groups.

Arts therapies

Art, music, dance, drama or writing can all be very helpful and supportive ways of expressing your feelings, as well as being very enjoyable. There may be groups in your area or you may prefer to work alone. Groups may be quite informal or may be run by qualified therapists.

For formal therapy, you may be able to get a referral to an arts therapist through your GP or mental health team. See Arts therapies for more information.

Complementary and alternative therapies

Some GPs may prescribe exercise for depression, and some have other complementary therapies available, such as acupuncture.

However, in some areas you may have to find and pay a qualified practitioner for this kind of help (see Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). You may also find relaxation classes, meditation, yoga, massage and aromatherapy available locally.

This information was published in July 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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