Utah State University Extension
Depression is a complex condition involving insufficient levels of brain chemicals, life stressors, thought processes, behaviors, and coping mechanisms. Medications and counseling therapy are effective in treating depression, and research suggests that several lifestyle practices also help to protect us from depression, and speed up our recovery if we do experience it. These behaviors, such as being socially connected, eating healthy and exercising, cost little to nothing but can have profound benefits on our overall quality of life and help us to stay depression-free.
Norton, Maria C.; Fauth, Elizabeth B.; and Weyerman, Jessica, "Making Lifestyle Choices to Reduce Late-Life Depression Risk" (2017). All Current Publications. Paper 1774.