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Clinical Depression

ISSN: 2572-0791

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Role Of Exercise In Depression Research Articles

Generally, depressed patients treated in primary care settings receive pharmacologic therapy alone. The addition of cognitive-behavioral therapies, specifically exercise, can improve treatment outcomes for many patients. Exercise is a behavioral intervention that has shown great promise in alleviating symptoms of depression. The current review discusses the growing body of research examining the exercise-depression relationship that supports the efficacy of exercise as an adjunct treatment. Terms used in the search were clinical depression, depression, exercise, and physical activity.

Exercise compares quite favorably with standard care approaches to depression in the few studies that have evaluated their relative efficacy. For example, running has been compared with psychotherapy in the treatment of depression, with results indicating that running is just as effective as psychotherapy in alleviating symptoms of depression The benefits of running have been compared with cognitive therapy alone and a combination of running and cognitive therapy. The running group met 3 times per week and exercised for 20 minutes per session.

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