Treating Depression | Natural Health Podcast

Date: 06/29/2012

Treating Depression: Drugs vs Exercise

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A recent article in Time Magazine touts the work of Dr. Jasper Smits who has developed a successful program using exercise as the primary treatment for depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mood disorders. As Dr. Smits says, "Exercise appears to affect, like an antidepressant, particular neurotransmitter systems in the brain, and it helps patients with depression re-establish positive behaviors. For patients with anxiety disorders, exercise reduces their fears of fear and related bodily sensations such as a racing heart and rapid breathing." Dr. Smits and Dr. Michael Otto of Boston University reviewed dozens of studies on the impact of exercise on mental health and recently presented their findings at a major conference in Baltimore. However, combating depression is big business in the US. In fact, it’s the biggest business in the pharmaceutical industry. Americans currently spend around $10 billion a year for antidepressants. Despite the fact that antidepressants may cause significant side effects such as sexual dysfunction, weight gain, dry mouth, nausea, sleep disturbances, tremors, dizziness, congenital defects, stroke, and ironically, increased depression. Although plenty of evidence suggests that antidepressants often don’t work, the medical community seems inclined to hand out prescriptions for them like Halloween candy. In this health podcast, learn more about this study and the many natural health remedies for mood disorders if you, or someone you care about, is suffering from depression or anxiety.

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    Submitted by Loreen on
    March 21, 2011 - 2:11am

    working with a elder patient 87 yrs last her husdand. 03-14-2011 five years since he pass away. when i first stary working with her i thought it was a month ago he pass the she cry and whine about him away.she give up. my agency did'nt tell me nothing about this patient day by day i learn about this patient. i thing i am geting too invold and concern about her taking too much drug and OTC.
    I am realy concern. i try excersie her daily .choice she refuse to do

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    Submitted by dave on
    March 22, 2011 - 1:46pm

    i worked thet out YEARS AGO WHEN DOCTORS CAULDNT OR WOULDNT HEIP ME OR RATHER DIDNT KNOW HOW TO SO I TOOK RESPONSABLITY FOR MY SELF HEALTH AND IM SO FIT BODY AND MIND I DIDNT NEED THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE ALL THROUGH GOOD NUTRITION . GOOD SHORT VERY HARD EXERCISE MAX 10 MTS EVERY 5 TO 10 DAYS DEPENDING HOW I RECOVER . MY EARLY DEPRESSION WAS SUICIDAL AND OF COARSE A BALLANCED LIFSTILE I FEELL GREAT AND LOOK GREAT AT 55 AND THAT WAS 15 YEARS AGO DAVE

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    Submitted by Vince on
    July 10, 2011 - 9:07pm

    Hi
    Do you have any advice on how to cure OCD.

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    Submitted by June Wayne on
    September 2, 2013 - 2:56am

    The best treatment is to keep your mind on what you are doing at the time, being in the moment. Exercise also helps if you keep your mind on what you are doing. instead of your fear.

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 11, 2011 - 11:48am

    Hi Vince,

    Just run a search on "OCD" at the top and you can see the articles Jon Barron has on the topic.

    Hope that helps.

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    Submitted by Robin on
    September 28, 2011 - 8:01am

    With my hearing problems and lousy speakers, how I wish you provided transcripts of your podcasts.

    I feel like I am really missing out!

    Keep up with the great articles!

    Many thanks, Robin

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    September 28, 2011 - 9:35am

    Hi Robin,

    You can search on most of these podcast topics and find similar artilces on our websites so you don't miss out!

  •  
    Submitted by Loreen on
    March 21, 2011 - 2:11am

    working with a elder patient 87 yrs last her husdand. 03-14-2011 five years since he pass away. when i first stary working with her i thought it was a month ago he pass the she cry and whine about him away.she give up. my agency did'nt tell me nothing about this patient day by day i learn about this patient. i thing i am geting too invold and concern about her taking too much drug and OTC.
    I am realy concern. i try excersie her daily .choice she refuse to do

  •  
    Submitted by dave on
    March 22, 2011 - 1:46pm

    i worked thet out YEARS AGO WHEN DOCTORS CAULDNT OR WOULDNT HEIP ME OR RATHER DIDNT KNOW HOW TO SO I TOOK RESPONSABLITY FOR MY SELF HEALTH AND IM SO FIT BODY AND MIND I DIDNT NEED THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE ALL THROUGH GOOD NUTRITION . GOOD SHORT VERY HARD EXERCISE MAX 10 MTS EVERY 5 TO 10 DAYS DEPENDING HOW I RECOVER . MY EARLY DEPRESSION WAS SUICIDAL AND OF COARSE A BALLANCED LIFSTILE I FEELL GREAT AND LOOK GREAT AT 55 AND THAT WAS 15 YEARS AGO DAVE

  •  
    Submitted by Vince on
    July 10, 2011 - 9:07pm

    Hi
    Do you have any advice on how to cure OCD.

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 11, 2011 - 11:48am

    Hi Vince,

    Just run a search on "OCD" at the top and you can see the articles Jon Barron has on the topic.

    Hope that helps.

  •  
    Submitted by Robin on
    September 28, 2011 - 8:01am

    With my hearing problems and lousy speakers, how I wish you provided transcripts of your podcasts.

    I feel like I am really missing out!

    Keep up with the great articles!

    Many thanks, Robin

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    September 28, 2011 - 9:35am

    Hi Robin,

    You can search on most of these podcast topics and find similar artilces on our websites so you don't miss out!

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    Submitted by David A. Reichert on
    July 3, 2013 - 12:33pm

    Your article was incorrect to the point of being dangerous. First of all how much exercise do you need to do and how must you stay with it until you conclude it is ineffective. If this is a,long duration it there is a much greater risk of suicide. Also compliance with an exercise program is a major issue. Antiidepresent medication has been shown to be quote effective types of depression. In my case in two episode of depression severe with serious suicidal antidepressants oral antidepressant we're quite effective in total relief of my depression. In addition in the ssr's totally relieved severe social phobia.

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 3, 2013 - 2:22pm

    Keep in mind, this site is not meant to diagnose or prescribe—merely to inform people about new research and options that might exist so that they can explore them further on their own. With that said, you might find the following two links useful:

    One other thing that is important to keep in mind is that it is very problematic when it comes to health and medicine to generalize from one person’s experience. What is true for one person may not be true for the vast majority. That’s why studies exist. In any case, it’s great that you found a solution that worked for you.

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