Yes, I’m stealing Yakov Smirnoff jokes, but it’s true. According to Improbable Research, Russian scientists have tested a theory:
If a depressed individual receives a physical punishment, whipping that is, it will stir up endorphin receptors, activate the ‘production of happiness’ and eventually remove depressive feelings.
Russian scientists recommend the following course of the whipping therapy: 30 sessions of 60 whips on the buttocks in every procedure. A group of drug addicts volunteered to test the new method of treatment: the results can be described as good and excellent.
I wouldn’t recommend trying this at home.