So Does Exercise Help Depression? Or is it a placebo effect?
Exercise may benefit people suffering from depression, according to the latest research published in The Cochrane Library.
What if instead of being LIMITED to Antidepressants and psychological therapies people used physical exercise as a treatment for depression?
In this review of the research the authors looked at the results of 39 trials involving 2,326 people diagnosed with depression.
In 35 trials comparing exercise with control treatments or no treatment, the researchers saw moderate benefits of exercise for treating depression. Exercise was as effective as psychological therapy or taking antidepressants, although these findings were based on only a few, small, low quality trials.
“Our review suggested that exercise might have a moderate effect on depression,” said one of the authors of the review, Gillian Mead of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, UK. “We can’t tell from currently available evidence which kinds of exercise regimes are most effective or whether the benefits continue after a patient stops their exercise program.”
He continued, “The evidence base would be strengthened by further large-scale, high quality studies.”
Notice what other experts say on the matter of whether exercise helps depression:
The mayoclinic tells us:
“Exercise probably helps ease depression in a number of ways, which may include: Continue reading