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Do you feel that someone can overcome depression with exercise, meditation, and a healthy diet?

I have depression. My dad is dying of cancer, my mom is a heartless-b*, and my sister has schizophrenia. I don’t look at life the same as I used to. I was thinking of making an effort to go to the gym everyday, eat healthy, and try to meditate everyday thinking maybe that will help. I kind of want to believe that I can overcome the depression without medication. What do you think?


  1. If positive lifestyle changes and support from family and friends aren’t enough, seek help from a mental health professional. There are many effective treatments for depression, including therapy, medication, and alternative treatments. Learning about your options will help you decide what measures are most likely to work best for your particular situation and needs.
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  2. Yes you can do it, but it will take time and you need to have compassion for your self, don’t do to much to soon or think you can take on the world, meditation can be very helpful in stressful times if you use it right.
    Find support from groups or your Doctor or friends and not forgetting therapy but don’t do it alone.

  3. It is completely possible to deal with depression using the exact methods you mentioned. Obviously, diet/nutrition is important…probably the most important. Exercise is extremely helpful, too. In studies of exercise vs. antidepressants it was shown that at first the drugs were more helpful. After a few weeks, drugs and exercise were roughly equal…BUT after a few months exercise was far more effective in reducing or eliminating the depression altogether. Furthermore, with exercise, you don’t have to worry about adjusting meds or any negative side effects. That being said, the hardest part of exercise and nutrition is getting started when you’re depressed. That is where antidepressant meds can help to remove the biochemical obstacles to starting your recovery. Adding meditation to the mix is also extremely helpful. My advice would be to start as soon as you can and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do it everyday consistently…after all, you are depressed. Give yourself credit for the little gains that you make. If you try to take on too much at first without recognizing that you’re going to have to start with baby steps, then you may get discouraged. Keep it all in perspective and do as much as you can. Keep focusing on progress, not perfection. Maintain reasonable expectations and focus on the positive. Also keep in mind that your mom may be a “heartless-b*” but that she is also dealing with issues. I assume that your sister is her daughter so she is dealing with one schizophrenic child, one depressed child and the fact that the father of at least one of her children (I don’t know if they’re still together or not) is dying of cancer and, whether she is with him or not, it still is hard to deal with people you know who are ill. So, the fact is that she is probably depressed, too. Bottom line: work on yourself. Exercise, eat right, meditate…consider professional assistance with your symptoms. Work on it daily and give yourself credit that you recognize your symptoms and are strong enough to start working on them. You’ve got the right frame of mind to recover and you CAN do it. You WILL do it. Just remember that.

  4. Yes, aerobic exercise has been proven to help alleviate depression. Other things scientifically proven to alleviate depression are natural sunlight which affects brain chemicals and gives you vitamin D, St. John’s Wort, green tea, Omega 3 fats such as found in fish and whole grain bread, talking to loved ones regularly, and being part of a spiritual community.
    You definitely can overcome depression without medication. Try spending at least 30 minutes per day outside in the sun and alternate running and walking each day. (Even better, go with a friend whenever you can to get some social time in) You can try taking St. John’s Wort pills, but they don’t help everyone. Be sure to read all the warnings on the label for drug interactions. Drink 2-3 cups of green tea daily, and try to find foods with Omega 3 to incorporate into your diet. Find a church to join and get involved in a weekly Bible study. Spend time in prayer and meditation every day, and try journaling your feelings to track your progress.
    Some other obvious things that help are getting adequate sleep every night and eating fruits and vegetables to strengthen your body.
    Good luck. I think you are on the right track. Depression meds are known to cause many side effects and sometimes they are not even effective for all people. I would avoid taking a drug that changes your brain chemicals if at all possible. In 6 months, if you are still struggling, talk to a doctor about all the options. Cognitive therapy has also been shown to help.

  5. Using a mantra can be one of the best ways to get started in meditation. It acts as a key to quieten and learn how to control the mind and develop concentration, which then leads you into meditation. Of course, working with sound is a great advantage too.

  6. Meditation can be a practical tool for relaxation, concentration and better health; it can also be an invaluable tool to self discovery. If practiced correctly, meditation can be a powerful antidote to depressive thoughts.


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