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Gentle Ways To Overcome Depression

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6 As you reflect on these factors, also consult with your physician who can help clarify issues, identify possible sources of depression, and then treat you accordingly. Consider the example of a woman who experienced three miscarriages and then was told she would never be able to carry a child. That diagnoses threw her into a severe depression as she and her husband eagerly wanted to have a family. Her doctor provided her with medication to relieve some of the depressive symptoms but also urged her to see a therapist. The counseling empowered her to understand that the failure to bear children was not indicative of her failure as a woman. Her therapist helped the woman explore other options. Today the couple are proud parents of two adopted children. 3 Get Physical Some studies demonstrate that exercise is as effective as an antidepressant. Dramatic proof of this comes from recent research at Duke University. Their study involved 156 sedentary people, aged 50-70, all of whom were diagnosed as clinically depressed. Researchers divided the subjects into three groups: exercise only, medication only, and exercise plus medication. The exercisers ran moderately three times a week for 30

minutes. After 16 weeks, all three groups showed identical mood improvement, implying that exercise was just as effective as medication in easing depression. Additionally, when researchers measured cognitive function, they found that exercisers showed greater improvement in skills such as concentration, planning and organization than medication only patients. “This study tells us that regular exercise might be a treatment for older adults with major depression,” notes psychologist James Blumenthal, Ph.D., the study’s lead researcher. But, it also shows that exercise might offset some of the mental decline often associated with the aging process. Allow that double benefit to motivate you to take on an exercise program such as walking, jogging, biking, skating, swimming, etc. Find some physical activity you enjoy and do it faithfully at least thirty minutes a day, three to five times a week. Begin the activity slowly and gradually add time and/or distance. You may also find it helpful to ask a friend or neighbor to exercise with you. 4 Step Into the Light Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Those affected by SAD find themselves becoming increasingly 7