Dr. Neubauer has located some studies that support what I have stated previously, namely that there are steps you can take to improve your mood and your sense of accomplishment, including caring for pets and exercise. I understand that his training is scientific and so he will only support any treatment option so far as the scientific method can document its success, but I take exception of his downplaying the value of these treatments, as well as herbal remedies like St. John's Wort, which I will discuss more in detail in a future post. For now, suffice it to say that there have been studies that demonstrate this herb's efficacy, just not, apparently, published in any journal the doctor respects.
I'm also not surprised that he does not include such vehicles as prayer and self-affirmation, as these are exceedingly difficult to document in a laboratory. Being unverifiable is not the same is being unsuccessful, however. Expectation is often half the battle.