Advertisement

Can maintaining healthy lifestyle changes prevent a depression relapse?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Recovering and staying free from depression is like going on a diet. You can’t go back to your old habits once you’ve lost the weight. Staying well -- like staying at a healthy weight -- often means changing your lifestyle for good. Luckily, not only are all of the skills and tips good for depression, they’re also good for your body and soul. So once you’ve found some techniques that work for you, consider cultivating them as lifelong habits. You’ll be less likely to experience depression and more likely to recover quickly should another episode occur.
Depression 101: A Practical Guide to Treatments, Self-Help Strategies, and Preventing Relapse

More About this Book

Depression 101: A Practical Guide to Treatments, Self-Help Strategies, and Preventing Relapse

When you have depression, it can feel like there's no way out. To begin changing the way you feel, you'll need an arsenal of proven techniques for lifting your mood and preventing relapse. The...

Continue Learning about Depression Prevention

How can depression be prevented?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
There are simple tips that can help everyone fend off blue moods and prevent depressive symptoms. En...
More Answers
How can I avoid a depression relapse?
Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, PhDDr. Lara Honos-Webb, PhD
As you move into your new life after recovering from depression, you may wonder how you will prevent...
More Answers
What Are the Biggest Challenges in Treating Depression?
What Are the Biggest Challenges in Treating Depression?
Who Is a Candidate for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) to Treat Depression?
Who Is a Candidate for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) to Treat Depression?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.