Jim A.

"First Aid" for Depression

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Has anyone else out there done anything similar? What is your "first aid" for depression, if you have experienced it?

Vigorous physical exercise. Take a brisk five mile walk (weather permitting) or get on a treadmill. Ride the bike. Jump rope. Dance to upbeat music, like techno-rave.

The very fact that you got up from your bed or your butt to do something is a tonic.

Bob Kolker

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Has anyone else out there done anything similar? What is your "first aid" for depression, if you have experienced it?

Vigorous physical exercise. Take a brisk five mile walk (weather permitting) or get on a treadmill. Ride the bike. Jump rope. Dance to upbeat music, like techno-rave.

The very fact that you got up from your bed or your butt to do something is a tonic.

Bob Kolker

Your examples might allow someone to take their mind off of their stressors for a short amount of time. But, the activities that you mention also cause stress on the body although it is of a different sort. The body cannot identify where the stressors come from that accumulate as stress. I would offer reading the works of Dr. Hans Selye for a great description of how all this works. Dr. Selye wrote over 1500 technical artices and more than 33 books on the subject of stress over his 50 year career in research.

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