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Depression is a very prevalent condition which is often undiagnosed and treatment. People often will not seek help because of the nature of the disease or the cost of treatment. Symptoms of depression include mood swings, loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities, avoiding social outings, weight loss, insomnia and feelings of loneliness. Mild cases of the condition can be treated without therapy or medication. Firstly, exercise produces endorphins which can provide euphoric feelings as well as helping the body to gain energy, lose weight and develop a healthy appetite. Positive self-talk is another way of lifting oneself out of depression. It's based on the idea that how a person thinks determines how they feel and by continuously repeating positive statements, they can develop a more positive and less depressive attitude. Other ant-depression tactics involve playing with children or pets, spending time with a partner, having holidays from work regularly, getting involved in volunteer work, spiritual activities or a community group. These tactics are also useful for people undergoing therapy or taking medication as it makes recovery easier and faster.
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About: Alternative depression treatment can limit the need for therapy or medication
Date: 14 January 2005
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