A dose of nature: doctors prescribe a day in the park for anxiety
by Shamard Charles, MD
For many patients, like Lauren Huddle, 31, a big dose of Mother Nature is exactly what she needs after a stressful day.
"I have pretty bad anxiety and depression," said Huddle of Bellingham, Washington. "And I don't do well with pharmaceuticals, so my husband Nate would actually tell me all the time, 'just go outside, you'll feel so much better.'"
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