Friday, September 3, 2010

Drug - Free Remedies for Depression

Before taking that anti-depressant, experts suggest to try drug-free remedies first particularly if you're only dealing with mild to moderate case of depression, and even if you decide to take a pill, continue to use them.

Therapy is definitely worth trying. A cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be as effective as medication in treating mild to moderate depression, plus, it has no side effects.

Although counselling can be expensive and time-consuming, those who get therapy are less likely to relapse than those treated with drugs alone.
Cognitive behavioral therapy also teaches the patient to cope with stressful situations and results can be seen in 3 months.

Exercise is another alternative which can be as effective as anti depressants. A 20-30 minutes brisk walk or short bike ride few times a week can help you feel better in as little as 2 months.