Depression and exercise

Sarris, Jerome, Kavanagh, David J., & Newton, Robert (2008) Depression and exercise. Journal of Complementary Medicine, 7(3), pp. 48-62.

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With the efficacy of antidepressants under a question mark, many depressed patients are turning to commonsense remedies such as exercise. Increasing activity not only has physical effects that lift a depressive mood: it can be fun as well. Summary: Regular exercise improves mood and helps to relieve depression • Exercise increases BDNF, b–endorphins, regulates HPTA axis and 5HT, decreases cortisol, increases testosterone and growth hormone • Higher intensity anabolic and perhaps aerobic training appear to have greater antidepressant effects • Exercise programmes should be tailored to the individual’s needs

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ID Code: 18607
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Depression, Exercise, Anabolic exercise, Aerobic exercise
ISSN: 1446-8263
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 10 May 2009 23:11
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:50

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