How we do (and don’t but should) treat depression

Medication Drugs - Image Credit Free Range Stock - GeoffreyWhitewaysource: : Isabel Hardman
published: 23 October 2016

I’ve just been watching a fascinating programme on iPlayer called The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs. It examines over-prescription of medication in the NHS and the lack of attention that the health service pays to really, really important factors in recovery like exercise.

In one case study, a woman was able to lower her dose of anti-depressants after going cold water swimming, and in another a group of people at risk of heart attacks lowered their cholesterol readings by going for walks.

As you all now know, I’m off work with anxiety and depression at the moment. Those two terms barely touch on the terror that these illnesses cause. I am glad that I’m taking the time to recover from an injury to my mind rather than trying to run on it, and I cannot wait to come back to doing a job that I love and that brings me so much joy. I’m fortunate that my boss has been so understanding and kind about my illness and has given me the time to get better.

I don’t propose to go into the detail of why I’m ill or what effects it’s currently having on me as I am ultimately a very private person. There are lots of journalists who make a living of writing beautifully about themselves, but I’m just not one of them.

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