EXERCISE AS A TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION PART 1

Last week was the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference.

Highlighted at the conference was research that determined that only around 20% of patients undergoing treatment for depression were given information on the benefits of exercise to manage depression.

Reasons given by psychiatrists for the lack of discussion surrounding exercise were:

1. Exercise may be a less effective treatment in comparison to face-to-face therapy, medication treatment, and social support.

2. More serious cases of depression called for more direct treatments.

3. The psychiatrists themselves did not personally practice regular exercise.

Do you think that therapist should consider exercise as treatment for depression, before prescribing any medications? Share with us below.

 

 

 

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