Exercise Seems to Ease Parkinson’s-Related Depression

(HealthDay News) — A long-term exercise program may help ease depression in people with Parkinson’s disease, according to a new, small study.

Researchers looked at 31 Parkinson’s patients who were randomly assigned to an “early start” group that did an exercise program for 48 weeks or a “late start” group that worked out for 24 weeks. The program included three one-hour cardiovascular and resistance training workouts a week.

via Exercise Seems to Ease Parkinson’s-Related Depression.

Continue Reading

Exercise may help prevent depression later in life – NBC News.com

Running, walking and other forms of activity can help people shake off the symptom of depression. Now, a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that exercise may prevent the disorder later in life.

Researchers at the University of Toronto analyzed 26 years’ worth of studies and concluded that even low levels of movement — walking or gardening for 20 or 30 minutes a day — show promise of warding off depression in people of all ages.

via Exercise may help prevent depression later in life – NBC News.com.

Continue Reading

Prescribing Exercise to Treat Depression – NYTimes.com

Can a stroll help ease depression? That question preoccupied Dr. Madhukar H. Trivedi, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, after several of his patients, all suffering from serious depression, mentioned that they felt happier if they went for a walk. The patients in question were taking the widely prescribed antidepressants known as S.S.R.I.’s, for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, but not responding fully. They remained, by clinical standards, depressed. Dr. Trivedi and his colleagues began to wonder if adding a formal “dose” of exercise would increase their chances of getting better.

Certainly the possibility was worth investigating. Clinical depression, as anyone who has experienced or watched a loved one struggle with the condition knows, can be stubbornly intractable. Even if patients have been taking an antidepressant for months, recovery rates tend to hover below 50 percent.

via Prescribing Exercise to Treat Depression – NYTimes.com.

Continue Reading