According to a new study published in a prestigious medical journal The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), treating depression might be as simple as watching TV and eating sweets. Researchers found that test subjects who binged on their favorite shows and indulged in sugary snacks experienced a significant reduction in their depressive symptoms.
The study has caused controversy in the medical community, with some doctors expressing skepticism over the findings. However, many patients who suffer from depression have reported feeling better after a night in with their favorite rom-com and a tub of ice cream.
“I used to rely on medication to manage my depression, but now I just watch ‘The Office’ and eat Oreos,” said one study participant. “It might not be a traditional treatment, but it works for me.”
Critics of the study have pointed out that TV and sweets can have negative health consequences, such as weight gain and increased risk of diabetes. However, supporters argue that the benefits of improved mental health outweigh the risks.
The study authors have called for more research to be done on alternative treatments for depression, and are encouraging patients and doctors to explore non-medication-based options.
In the meantime, it seems that many people suffering from depression will be reaching for the remote and the cookie jar instead of the pill bottle. As one study participant put it, “Who needs Prozac when you’ve got ‘Friends’ and chocolate?”