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Veli-Jussi Jalkanen,
Sitting Health Expert

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Effective non-pharmaceutical care for depression

Of course there are natural biochemical substances that reduce depression.

These include, among others, St. John's wort, vitamin D, Omega3, phospholipids, probiotics, and prebiotics.

The huge number of sufferers and poor results of the treatments show that. There are still more of those living in melancholy.

There are strong factors in our lifestyle and environment that decrease mental health. Most have been identified but doctors do not even mention them in the treatment of depression, not to mention that they would, together with the patient, plan mentally healing circumstances. Most of the things that cause depression are lifestyle-dependent, i.e. our own choices.

We know that the following things weaken mental health: poor sleep, substance abuse, lack of exercise, lack of interpersonal relationships, poor intestinal health, social media and gambling addiction, lack of the nutrients that are important to the brain, foreign substances that pile up in the body because of poor nutrition, poor entertainment, too much stress and too high and fluctuating blood sugar.

In addition, the depression is caused by some things we cannot affect ourselves, such as various traumas, some diseases, and very difficult life situations; psychotherapy is a suitable treatment for those.

We can, therefore, affect most of the things that cause depression. However, medicine hardly discusses or handles this aspect, or encourage towards a change of lifestyle, and nobody teaches us to identify the factors that cause depression.

This is due to the fact that doctors are trained to treat and medicate the symptoms with drugs, not to advise to remove the causes. In the background the pharmaceutical industry wants by all means to increase the sales of antidepressants and is lobbying this through different channels.

Mental health is for the most part dependent on one’s lifestyle; an evidence being the large number of young sufferers. Lifestyle choices and non-pharmacological treatments provide quick, good and lasting results cheaply, and the ineffective medication can often be avoided. Medication also includes high risks of drug addiction, side effects and the situation becoming permanently chronic and crippling.