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Alternative Treatments Effective for Depression

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  • There are many alternatives to antidepressant drugs for treating depression, including nutritional interventions, light therapy, exercise and more
  • Among patients with treatment-resistant depression, all of them experienced improvements in symptoms one week after receiving a single dose of psilocybin, or magic mushrooms, and half of them were no longer depressed five weeks post-treatment
  • Magnesium supplements also led to improvements in mild-to-moderate depression in adults, with beneficial effects occurring within two weeks of treatment
  • An 11-year study found people who engaged in regular leisure-time exercise for one hour a week were less likely to become depressed

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly 7 percent of U.S adults suffered from a depressive episode in the past year while, worldwide, 350 million people suffer from depression, making it a leading cause of disability. Despite this, only about one-third of Americans with depression get treated, which puts the remaining two-thirds left untreated at increased risk of suicide and with a lower quality of life.


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