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These resources do not take the place of professional treatment from a physician or health care professional. We have simply assembled a number of resources that may provide useful tools and concepts that someone going through depression may find helpful. Please consult your physician or health care professional before changing your diet, exercise routine, or any other aspect of your life that could impact your health.
The resources below were selected to assist in our research, and to provide you more tools to help you do more research yourself. Our effort was to find as many resources that utilized scientific studies or explained uncontroversial biological functions to explain the particular function we were focusing on. Sources that approach the topic from the point of view of looking for answers, not proving or disproving a particular viewpoint, we favored. We do not own the rights to any of the material linked, and assume no responsibility for the contents therein.
Depression in General – these videos and articles are the most helpful general information about depression we have found. Many of them discuss the specific approaches we list, such as exercise and social connection.
Understanding & Conquering Depression – Huberman Lab (2:02:03 run time)
Jordan Peterson’s Advice For People With Depression – YouTube (10:51 run time)
How to recover from depression – YouTube (1:02:35 run time)
Coping with Depression – HelpGuide.org (article)
Connection – these articles and videos explore the value of meaningful connections as a way to address depression.
Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share | TED Talk (29:08 runtime)
Social Media – These articles researched the connection between social media use and depression.
Sunlight – these articles and videos discuss the importance of sunlight in managing mood.
Sun Exposure Reduces Depression – YouTube (5:32 runtime)
Sleep – These articles and videos explain how sleep and depression are linked and provide some tools for getting better sleep.
Sleep Linked to Depression – YouTube (2:26 runtime)
The Relationship Between Depression and Sleep – YouTube (1:24 runtime)
Exercise – these articles and videos explain the importance of nutrition in fighting depression. Many of the videos in the “General” section above also mention this.
Exercise Treats Depression, here’s how! – YouTube (2:56 runtime)
Nutrition – these videos discuss the effect your diet has on depression.
The Shocking Effects of FOOD On Your Brain – YouTube (6:13 runtime)
Dr. Chris Palmer: Diet & Nutrition for Mental Health – Huberman Lab (3:03:41runtime, skip to 27:52)
Alcohol – these articles and videos present scientific evidence of the effect of alcohol use on depression.
What Alcohol Does to Your Body, Brain & Health | Huberman Lab Podcast #86 – YouTube (2:02:02 runtime, skip to 30:07)
Alcoholism & Depression | Alcoholism – YouTube (1:03 runtime)
Weed – these articles and videos present scientific evidence of the effect of marijuana use on depression.
The Effects of Cannabis (Marijuana) on the Brain & Body | Huberman Lab Podcast #92 – YouTube (2:47:37 runtime, skip to 2:18:13)
Is Marijuana Good for Depression? – YouTube (2:02 runtime)
Cannabis and its effect on mental health – YouTube (8:39 runtime, skip to 5:23)
Purpose – in this video, Joe questions his guest about the true value of purpose in emerging from a depressive state.
Joe Rogan – Depression Isn’t a Chemical Imbalance? – YouTube (13:19 runtime)
Order – these videos discuss the potential power of bringing order to your life in helping with depression.
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