Effexor users might benefit from gardening
A recent survey by Gardener's World Magazine suggests that those who are depressed - many of whom take medications like Effexor and other SNRIs - could also benefit from gardening.
They surveyed 1,500 adults in the U.K. and found that those who gardened were more satisfied in general and were more likely to feel that they were living worthwhile lives. Only 67 percent of non-gardeners felt satisfied with their lives while 80 percent of gardeners were satisfied. Additionally, 93 percent of gardeners polled said planting things and being immersed in nature improves their mood.
Though this survey is limited, much research in the past has shown that being in - or even looking at - nature has several cognitive and emotional benefits.
Other depression research
Finally, a 2003 study by University of Michigan researchers, published in the journal Cancer Nursing, found that women with fatigue, inattention and stress caused by newly diagnosed breast cancer benefited from spending 120 minutes in nature per week.