People with mild depression ‘should be offered exercise or therapy’

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People suffering mild depression should be offered a choice of exercise or therapy instead of antidepressants, according to new guidance from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Mental health experts say exercise has long been shown to be as effective as antidepressants in many less severe cases, and criticize that too many people with mild depression are unnecessarily being offered antidepressants. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said people should first be offered group classes in things such as meditation or behavioural therapy, or they could opt for individ…

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