You’ve probably been told that antidepressants correct the chemical imbalance in your brain. As it turns out, that’s not quite true. In fact, antidepressants might be doing you more harm than good.
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Even if antidepressants do work, the fact remains that they’re insanely expensive. Considering how depression treatments can last a lifetime, it’s impractical to spend something like $21 to $1,000 a month just to keep the blues under control. Depression is already a burden enough by itself, without all the financial consequences that come with it.
IT’S BETTER TO VIEW ANTIDEPRESSANTS AS A LAST RESORT, AND TRY SOME – OR ALL – OF THESE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FIRST.
1. PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
When you’re depressed, negative thoughts pour into your mind like water from a broken dam. You become paralyzed by fear and helplessness, because you feel like nothing can keep those thoughts under control.
Nothing – except meditation.
“In the group work that I’ve done with sufferers of anxiety or depression, I’ve found (mindfulness meditation) very beneficial because it calms the mind,” says psychologist Katie Sparks. That’s because you’re purposefully limiting your attention to the present moment, which helps you see things in a different – and more positive – light. So the next time you feel like beating yourself up again, take out a comfortable mat, sit on it in a lotus position and say ohm.
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