Can maintaining healthy lifestyle changes prevent a depression relapse?

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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

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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...

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