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Hi MSHekele,
Thanks for your reply,
I have been researching the different anti depressants and of course all have the same sacry Black Box warning on all of them, but, I have come across numberous sites on excersing for depression. There was one in the WebMD AOL Health News today. I will copy and paste it here because I don't think I can post a link in this forum, or can I?
Anyway here what it says, any input ont his would be greatly appericated.

Exercise for Depression Rivals Drugs, Therapy

Jan. 26, 2005 -- Imagine a depression treatment that soothed the mind and emotions, protected the heart and zapped away excess weight -- without side effects.

Sound too good to be true? It's not. Such a remedy already exists, and it doesn't come in a pill bottle, say experts from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Aerobic exercise can make a big difference in mild to moderate depression, say Andrea Dunn, PhD, and colleagues in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine's January edition.

The researchers found that 30-minute aerobic workouts of moderate intensity, done three to five times weekly, cut mild to moderate depression symptoms nearly in half. That's comparable to other depression treatments, say researchers.

Depression Common, Treatment Rare

In any given year, nearly 19 million adults in America have a depressive illness, says the National Institute of Mental Health. That's more than 9% of the population.

Many suffer silently, not getting treatment that could help.

Only 23% of depressed people seek treatment and just 10% receive adequate treatment. That's partly due to social stigma associated with treatment, say the researchers.

With that in mind, they studied a socially accepted antidepressant -- exercise. Studies have shown that exercise can help relieve depression, but no one knew exactly how well it worked.

Participants were 80 adults with mild to moderate depression. All were 20 to 45 years old. None were taking other depression treatments.

Fitness Makeover

The participants signed on for a major fitness overhaul. Before the study, they were largely sedentary, working out less than three times weekly for no more than 20 minutes per session.

Those couch-potato days vanished when the 12-week study began. Participants were randomly assigned to one of five groups to test different fitness strategies.

Two groups did moderate aerobic exercise. One group worked out 3 days per week; the other group exercised 5 days per week. They worked out on treadmills or stationary bikes.

The other groups took it a bit easier. Two groups did low-intensity aerobic workouts for 3 or 5 days weekly. For comparison, the last group didn't do any aerobic exercise. Instead, they stretched and did flexibility exercises for 15 to 20 minutes 3 days per week.

Cheating was out of the question. Everyone exercised under the watchful eye of fitness pros at the Cooper Institute in Dallas.

After 12 weeks, participants were rescreened for depression symptoms. All three groups had lower scores than at the beginning of the study.

The moderate-intensity groups had the biggest improvement. Their symptoms fell by 47%. In addition, depression had gone into remission for 42% of those participants, according to their depression test scores.

That's comparable to other depression treatments, say the researchers. They cite remission rates of 36% for cognitive behavior therapy and 42% for the antidepressant medication Tofranil (imipramine) - an older antidepressant -- in other studies.

Lower-intensity aerobic exercise and stretching/flexibility weren't as beneficial. Low-intensity exercise cut depression symptoms by 30%, compared to 29% for stretching/flexibility.

It didn't matter whether the workouts were done 3 or 5 days per week.

"The key is the intensity of the exercise and continuing it for 30-35 minutes per day," says psychiatry professor Madhukar Trivedi, MD. Trivedi worked on the study and directs the university's mood disorders research program.

Keep in mind that this study focused on mild to moderate depression in younger adults. It didn't address severe depression, or other groups of patients.

Depression is a serious illness affecting the whole body and deserves professional help. No one suggests trading talk therapy or prescription drugs for gym memberships. Instead, exercise might be one more option to consider in planning treatment. It's also a good idea to get your general health checked out before launching a new fitness program.


Quote from MSHekele:

Im sorry you are having a hard time. What you have to remember is that depression is a real illness and disease. If you had any other disease or illness that could be treated Im sure you would take something for that right?
Dont try to fight the depression yourself.
It sounds like you have made the right decission by going on an antidepressant.
I am very sensitive to antidepressants and I did not want to start taking one for the same reasons you stated. I did not want to be a zombie and I wanted to sleep at night. Im on Citalopram which is generic celexa.
There are so many different types of anti depressants and Im sure by talking with you doctor and discussing your concerns he or she will find the right one for you. If you have problems or dont feel like its working right away dont give up. Most meds take awhile to work and sometimes it takes the Doctor changing the amount or the meds all together. Be patient and things will get easier.

Best of luck friend,