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When talking about depression, I prefer to use positive/active words as opposed to combative or oppressive words. I'm looking for a word that fits in this sentence that is active and positive:

I can use this technique (to?) ________ depression

I thought about something like disempower, but to me it feels more oppressive, like taking power away. I'm looking for a word that reduces the implied power in the first place, like dimming a light vs shading it. Possibly like you see in films, where the imaginary influence becomes smaller and less significant, vs binding it.

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I like the word 'ameliorate' in this usage. While not well known, which may require some explanation, it's meaning is so much more about redirecting that combating something - it literally means to take a bad thing and make it better.

It also has a soft, soothing sound to it...

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How about:

I can use this technique to alleviate depression.

  • Not quite, but you did lead me to the word I was looking for. – Eris Apr 12 '16 at 17:25
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Thanks to @Hugh-Meyers, I found the word I was looking for:

assuage əˈswāj

verb: make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.

"the letter assuaged the fears of most members"

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Mitigate.

  1. to lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate.
  2. to make less severe: to mitigate a punishment.
  3. to make (a person, one's state of mind, disposition, etc.) milder or more gentle; mollify; appease.

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