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The Best Antidepressant Known
Created on 9/28/2012

You likely know someone who has been prescribed an antidepressant - you may even be taking one now, or have been on one in the past.

There's no shame in the use of antidepressant medication! Depression is a medical condition that often requires aggressive medical treatment.

But for many people with mild or moderate depression, there may be another way.

A way that is free.

A way that is accessible to almost everyone.

A way that has been shown to be even more effective than prescription drugs in the treatment of mild, even moderate, depression.

The way?

Regular exercise.

Not very sexy, perhaps, but extremely effective.

The next time you're feeling blue, or anxious, go for a walk, hit the gym, or do some other form of exercise. It is amazing how much better you can feel after doing so.

And if you exercise on a regular basis you may be able to keep depression at bay - the research is very clear on this point.

Depression can be caused by other things, however, such as hypothyroidism, or as a side effect of certain medications. In addition, more severe depression almost always requires more aggressive medical treatment - so if you're feeling down and can't seem to shake it, or if the blues are persisting for you, or if you feel severely depressed, please speak with your doctor as soon as you can.

And if you feel up to it and your doctor approves, get some exercise. It can do both your body and mind a world of good, especially if you do it outdoors in this beautiful fall weather.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **


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