Does Exercise Help Depression?

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:

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Does Alcohol cause depression?

does alcohol cause depressionDoes Alcohol cause depression?

 

The debate continues.

The latest research from a study done in Western Australia says NO.

They conducted a study of 3873 elderly men over a course of 3 years to test the theory that alcohol  causes people to become depressed.

What did they find?

Notice what the University of Western Australia school of  psychiatry and clinical neurosciences professor Osvaldo Almeida said:

“We found (as expected) that this particular genetic variant was  associated with reduced alcohol use, but it had no association with depression  whatsoever,” he said.

“The conclusion is that alcohol use neither causes  nor prevents depression in older men.  Our results also debunk the view  that mild to moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of  depression.”

Prof Almeida said the association observed between alcohol  and depression could be explained by other factors, but not by alcohol  itself.

Does that mean that it is SAFE for people that are depressed to drink alcohol to NUMB the pain?

The doctor goes on to say?

“It doesn’t mean alcohol is entirely safe and people can consume  it in whatever way they like.  We know that alcohol when consumed in excess  does create a lot of health problems – but what we now know is that one of those  problems is not depression.”

How do other experts weigh in on the question of whether alcohol causes depression or not?

 

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