ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Natural Methods to Treat Depression

Updated on November 28, 2012

According to a study conducted by the CDC in April 2012, one in ten adults suffer from symptoms of depression. There are hundreds of medications out there that people use but many people dislike the side effects, can't afford the cost, or don't want the social and insurance stigmas that come with taking certain medicines. I am not a doctor and I don't recommend you stop taking your medications without doctor approval but there are natural methods to raise your endorphin levels, and in doing so alleviate depressive symptoms.



This is another option that some people think they can't afford, but in every town there are free resources for people with depression. In Indianapolis there therapists for low or no cost at Wishard Hospital and I'm sure there are similar organizations and hospitals which offer services for those with low income or those who are not insured. I have personally been going to therapy for several years now and it has been enormous help to my state of well-being.

Dark Chocolate

Some research has shown that consuming small amounts of dark chocolate each week can not only improve your mood but also reduces other health symptoms such as anxiety, high blood pressure, and improve insulin sensitivity. I personally recommend Dove Dark Chocolate because inside each wrapper is a positive written message which can also help improve your outlook on life!



Taking part in some sort of aerobic exercise for thirty minutes a day, at least four days a week has also been shown to improve mood and it's also a good way to work off the calories from the dark chocolate. The physical activity can be something as simple as taking a walk or jog around the neighborhood, taking a yoga or zumba class, or using an exercise machine like a treadmill or an elliptical.


Get Adequate Sleep

Another natural way of treating depression is to get the right amount of rest. Keep in mind that the right amount of sleep is different for everyone and getting too much sleep can impact you as much as getting too little. Teenagers and young adults, who are very likely to suffer from depression, need ten to twelve hours of sleep and typically the older you are the less sleep you require.


Find a Place to Belong

Whether it's a church, social group, sports team, or school organization, nothing does more for your emotional well-being than feeling like you belong. For just about every interest you might have, there is a group or club that enjoys it just as much as you do.


Be Sure and Talk to Your Doctor

These are all just suggestions based on my own research and you should still consult your doctor about your depression issues.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Hi dcollins

      These are excellent suggestions. I know sometimes drugs are necessary but I think doctors are too quick to prescribe medication. They don't deal with the cause but the symptoms.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take care :)

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such a helpful addition as so many suffer from a form of depression. Exercise is a perfect "feel good" activity. The endorphin's released make it impossible to feel down.

      Great write


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)