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Exercise interventions in the treatment of depression

Malik, Sumaira; Kit Han Mo, Phoenix; Blake, Holly

Authors

Sumaira Malik

Phoenix Kit Han Mo



Contributors

Abstract

Depression is a common psychiatric problem affecting millions of people worldwide. Whilst conventional treatments for depression have involved the use of antidepressant medications or ‘talking’ therapies, in recent years the concept of exercise therapy has received increasing attention as a potential alternative or supplementary treatment for depression. Research suggests that exercise interventions can be beneficial for alleviating depressive symptoms in individuals with a diagnosis of depression. Furthermore, it appears that exercise may be equally as effective as the use of antidepressant medications or psychotherapy. However, there are methodological shortcomings in much of the published literature, which may limit the generalisability of findings. There is a need for further well-designed research to clarify the role of exercise in the treatment of depression. Recommendations for future research and practice are outlined in this chapter.

Book Type Book Chapter
Publication Date Jul 31, 2010
Publisher Nova Science Publishers
Pages 279-312
Series Title Public Health in the 21st Century
Book Title Physical activity in rehabilitation and recovery
Chapter Number 11
ISBN 978-1-60876-400-6
APA6 Citation Malik, S., Kit Han Mo, P., & Blake, H. (2010). Exercise interventions in the treatment of depression. In Physical activity in rehabilitation and recovery, 279-312. New York: Nova Science Publishers
Publisher URL http://www.novapublishers.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=11492
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