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Therapist Blends Exercise, Talk.

7/19/2005
 

Therapist blends exercise with talk in 1 hour sessions as therapy for depression and other mood disorders. Many psychiatrists and psychologists recommend exercise and other lifestyle changes as therapy and it has improved the moods of patients and benefitted them more than medication alone. Medication and exercise has benefitted groups with depressive symptoms but the talk therapy sessions coupled with exercise routines have accounted for the most helpful therapy. Participants in the intense groups experienced a decline in depressive symptoms by 47% in 12 weeks, and the moderate groups showed a 30% drop in symptoms over 12 weeks. Even the clinically depressed are responding to exercise and drug therapy. Levels of brain chemicals rise with vigorous exercise on a steady basis, these studies find.

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