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Depression is not a lifestyle choice – but lifestyle changes can help

Article from The Project

We are constantly being told how positive thinking, a healthy diet and exercise can help beat depression. So much so that you could be forgiven for thinking that changing your lifestyle is all it takes to make a full recovery. So why isn’t it that easy for most of us in practice?

In her blog post published shortly after the death of actor Robin Williams, Kerry Cable argues that depression is an illness, not a lifestyle choice.

Nobody would choose this for themselves, any more than they would choose to have cancer, or any other potentially life-limiting illness. Mental illness is just that – an illness.

Making some lifestyle changes can certainly help manage depression, and carry a number of wider benefits – but one size doesn’t fit all and you need to find a management strategy that works for you. This could include cognitive behavioural therapy, medication, lifestyle changes or any number and combination of different interventions.

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