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    Why more depression [& anxiety] treatments should include exercise

    After assessing numerous specialist studies, a new review concludes that exercise can help to both prevent depression and treat its symptoms. However, current treatments for depression often fail to include this lifestyle adjustment, despite the strong evidence.

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    Re: Why more depression [& anxiety] treatments should include exercise

    Agreed. Yoga, especially for the treatment of PTSD and anxiety.

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    Re: Why more depression [& anxiety] treatments should include exercise

    I always feel better when i get regular exercise. Thanks PDU.


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    Re: Why more depression [& anxiety] treatments should include exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by roseanxiety View Post
    I always feel better when i get regular exercise.
    Exercise works by the same neurogenesis mechanism as antidepressants and therapy. While not as potent, it can be potent enough for milder anxiety and/or depression, especially if an *Omega-3/fish oil supplement is added.

    * Of the two main Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) seems to be more important than docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for easing anxiety and depression so if the cost is about the same choose the brand with the highest EPA-DHA ratio.
    (Liao Y, 2019; Mocking RJ, 2016; Grosso G, 2014; Samieri C, 2012; Sublette ME, 2011; Martins JG, 2009).

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    Re: Why more depression [& anxiety] treatments should include exercise

    I agree with this! If I didn't drink alcohol, I feel my anxiety would be minimal. I'm sure that if they did an audit of my "consulting habits" to my GP, they'd find most consultations take place on a Monday, because this is when my "post binge drinking" anxiety is at its worst. As usual, I'm digressing, but I find going for a long power walk even reducesd anxiety levels.

    I've spoken on here sometimes about my aunt, who has serious mental health issues (she's been hospitalised for the same a few times) and she has even said after something as simple as a walk, she feels more at ease. Sadly, she prefers to sit at home and smoke and drink, but she's doing a lot better recently and has even been able to come off SSRIs following talking therapies. I must say I was enraged that she had to pay privately for this, considering her mental health issues were so serious.
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    Re: Why more depression [& anxiety] treatments should include exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by RadioGaGa View Post
    If I didn't drink alcohol, I feel my anxiety would be minimal. I'm sure that if they did an audit of my "consulting habits" to my GP, they'd find most consultations take place on a Monday, because this is when my "post binge drinking" anxiety is at its worst.
    Tsk, tsk, Sigh!!

    Alcohol is nearly as 'good' as cortisol in nuking hippocampal brain cells and the morning after dehydration doesn't do anxiety any favours either.

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