31 Aug '11, 7pm

Can Exercise Treat Depression?: by Kristina C. A new study involving 126 participants who still suffered from de...

Can Exercise Treat Depression?: by Kristina C. A new study involving 126 participants who still suffered from de...

A new study involving 126 participants who still suffered from depression after treatment with antidepressants (SSRIs) has found that exercise — even 30 minutes of regular walking — can help. Dr. Madhukar H. Trivedi, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, decided to study the possibility of prescribing exercise as a treatment for depression after patients reported feeling better after taking a stroll, says the New York Times . Patients who do not respond to an antidepressant are often prescribed another medication (lithium or an antipsychotic) but these can be expensive and come with side effects including weight gain. Exercise, as Dr. Trivedi notes, has “nonexistent” side effects and improves cardiovascular health and other benefits — and, especially if you just go out the door for a walk, it’s cheap. The volunteers wer...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/can-exercise-treat-depression...

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