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As a sufferer of depression, I know that it is one of the most debilitating experiences to go through. You often feel lost, confused, and all alone. The thoughts of suicide, worthlessness, dramatic weight loss/gain, problems sleeping and loss of energy can become unbearable for most. It is not something that is effectively addressed in today's society yet, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression affects more than 18 million Americans.
Most times, sufferers are prescribed antidepressants and sent on their way. The problem with this is that only a reported 35% to 40% of people on these medications have some relief from their symptoms. Some of the side effects of these antidepressants also deter many depression sufferers from taking them (It sure has deterred me) and these drugs often do not get to the root of what causes depression.
Here are some effective natural methods that can be used to help with depression:
1. Get out and get some sun!- Sunlight gives us the levels of vitamin D our body needs. Vitamin D has great effects on the brain, including the neurotransmitters involved in depression. After learning this, I have begun to get up each morning for a walk or run. Early morning sun is the best.
2. Practice yoga- A growing number of studies have shown that yoga can help relieve depression and anxiety.
3. Exercise- Develop a consistent workout routine. Exercise gets your blood circulating and heart rate up which helps the brain release endorphins (which make you feel happy or euphoric).
* Depression is not be taken lightly. If you have thoughts of suicide or have been depressed for a long period of time, please consult your physician.