February 2005

Overcoming Depression: God, friends and exercise


You won't find them in a pharmacy, but these eight treatments could help you beat depression.
By Lesley Young

You can count on antidepressants to help battle depression - they're up to 70 per cent effective, combined with therapy - but you may also want to say a prayer or read Plato the next time a dark day strikes. Recent studies suggest that complementary approaches such as exercise, meditation and online therapy can boost the likelihood of recovery. (Not everything works, though. see Use with caution, page 56.)

Late-life depression


Late-life depression is an important health issue.