Can exercise decrease depression?
Depression is a state of mental health that affects about 121 million people worldwide, with less than 25 percent of those suffering receiving effective treatment.
It has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as ‘a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.’
Research has shown that exercise is an effective but often underused treatment for mild to moderate depression.
It has been shown to be just as effective as psychotherapy for treating mild to moderate depression. Therapists also reported that patients who exercise regularly simply feel better and are less likely to overeat or abuse alcohol and drugs — other common symptoms of depression.
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