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Depression can result in enduring states of sadness, emptiness, and lethargy that may persist for weeks, months or even years. While many people wrestle with depression at some point during their life, this mental state continuing for more than a few weeks may be symptomatic of Major Depressive Disorder. Major depressive disorder is a severe psychological condition. The symptoms can become severely debilitating if left unchecked. This condition may hamper one's ability to perform daily tasks. Moreover, many cases may be prone to suicidal tendencies which could be fatal for struggling individuals.

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1. Adopt a Healthy Diet

A study in "Archives of General Psychiatry" stated that the Mediterranean diet is inherently good for the heart and that it could help treat depression effectively. Indeed, a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of depression. Some foods enhance the production of serotonin naturally. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that makes a person feel happy. Some of the foods that can contribute to the manufacture of the happy chemical are eggs, fish oil, flaxseed oil, sour cherries, and healthy fats.

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