Exercise to Treat Depression

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Exercise to Treat Depression
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Mon, 07-29-2013 - 9:19am

Therapists have been saying it for years: Getting some exercise can relieve the symptoms of depression, such as persistent feelings of sadness, irritability, loss of interest in doing things you usually enjoy and insomnia or excessive sleeping. Past studies have confirmed that over time, regular exercise can be nearly as effective as antidepressants, prompting the American Psychiatric Association to prescribe regular workouts as a viable treatment for depression.

Could Exercise Treat Depression as Much as Antidepressants?- http://www.ivillage.com/stop-depression-regular-exercise/4-a-542649

Do you get exercise regularly?  Do you feel as if it helps with your depression?

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Thu, 08-01-2013 - 12:59pm

I do think it helps- to some extent.  I try to exercise daily and I've noticed an increase in irritability on the days I don't.  I'm hoping I can figure out a regular routine soon after the next baby arrives. 

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