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There is little research on whether you can prevent a first bout of depression. But several studies suggest that exercise may help prevent a first bout of depression.2, 3 Exercise also may help prevent depression from coming back (relapse) and may improve symptoms of mild depression.2, 3
If you worry about getting depression, talk to your doctor. Regular screening for depression helps find depression early, and early treatment may help you get better faster.
You also may be able to prevent depression by avoiding alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and drugs can trigger depression. And using them is often a sign that you have depression.
Preventing depression from coming back
You may be able to prevent a relapse or keep your symptoms from getting worse if you:
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