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How to treat depression without medication
By Silas Nyamweya | Updated Jan 12, 2019 at 09:36 EAT
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SUMMARY

When you become depressed, you may feel that you are under a very dark shadow

Regular exercises have been found to be helpful in raising the level of endorphins

The modern medical perspective of depression tends to put much emphasis on the neurochemicals found in the human brain. Most of us have at one point heard this view under the assumption of the “imbalance of brain chemicals”.

This aspect is the cause why many tend to treat depression by endeavoring to restore “a proper” balance. Many people essentially ignore the fact that, for milder types of depression, medication is not essentially the only option available. In fact, even the extreme cases of depression, the condition can be treated without the use of medication.

When you become depressed, you may feel that you are under a very dark shadow. This makes it necessary to seek help immediately you find yourself in such a situation.

Understanding the available options for your medical treatment will be very helpful to both you and the practitioner on the best approach for your case. Many non-medical treatments can be used in overcoming depression and reclaiming your life.

In fact, I normally discourage the use of medication as a treatment of depression, especially for long-term use. I should, however, not to be misquoted for ruling out medication in this aspect, as there are some cases where it can be equally effective.

It should be considered that there are substantial side effects associated with medication. Some of the most effective means of non-medical treatment include exercise therapies, which are equally effective even more than medication.

Regular exercises have been found to be helpful in raising the level of endorphins, serotonin, and other chemicals of the brain.

Additionally, exercise stirs the development of brain connections, and brain cells, the same way as antidepressants. Moreover, you do not have to be a marathoner to reap the benefits. Even a walk that takes half an hour is enough to make a significant difference.

For a satisfactory outcome, you should aim for an aerobic activity that takes around 30-60 minutes on a daily basis.

Apart from taking regular exercises, it is also important for you to take a balanced diet. This will be beneficial for your mental and physical health. The food should be consumed in bits but on a regular basis.

This may help to reduce, or curb mood swings and assist in keeping your energy up. While you may find sugary foods appealing for a quick boost they offer, it would be better to consider taking complex carbohydrates. 

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