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Natural Methods to Treat Depression

Updated on November 28, 2012
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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.

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Psychotherapy

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!

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Exercise

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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      Sueswan 4 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 :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 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