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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.

Read the full story at St. Lucia Star.


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  1. Thank you for mentioning Let Life in Practices in your related articles. Too many people overlook the benefits of regular exercise when it comes to mood. Great post!


    • Thank you for sharing.
      As to exercising, unfortunately it’s pretty tricky, even for those who know the benefits.
      In depression, when you actually don’t feel like doing anything, you would first have to eliminate the cause, otherwise one might not even consider (re)starting to exercise, even if one knows it’s a good thing.
      On the other hand, how can one explain the fact that a teenage athlete would take her own life (over misunderstandings with her mother)?
      Est modus in rebus.


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