I agree with the above.
Exercise alone has been shown to help people with mild-moderate depression halve scores on depression questionaires (this is good). This involves 3x30 minutes per week where you have laboured breathing for that time. So a walk around the block doesn't ordinarily do this. If combined with “green” exercise - ie outside rather than in the gym, then there is some evidence that this improves ones mood even further.
Basically what one needs to do when you are depressed is to increase your levels of serotonin. The only way to do this is to have a good diet filled with foods high in Tryptophan (dairy, soy, poultry, sesame, bananas) with wholegrains (more tryptophan comes across). You need Trypytophan to create Serotonin and Melatonin (for your sleep wake cycle). Meds do not create these drugs, they just make sure that if any serotonin exists it hangs about for longer. To convert tyrptophan to serotonin you need to have activity during the day (exercise is an example), being social (reaching out to those friends, family members, neighbours) and a decent sleep.
Therefore, If one is taking even the best medication in the world, if they are not engaging in these types of activities, they do not produce enough serotonin to actually improve their mood. Just taking meds does not help. One also has to do those things listed above. Then your medication enhances any serotonin you create, making it more likely your recovery will be hastened.
The problem with depression is you don't want to do that, aren't motivated to do that, or may not have those options due to past experiences. This is where a psychologist is very helpful. They can help you to break down and understand the barriers you personally have that currently stop you from improving. See here for a searchable list of psychologists www.psychology.org.au/findapsychologist
I wish you well
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