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Exercise as a Treatment for Depression and Other Psychiatric Disorders: A REVIEW

Barbour, Krista A. PhD; Edenfield, Teresa M. PhD; Blumenthal, James A. PhD

Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention: November/December 2007 - Volume 27 - Issue 6 - p 359–367
doi: 10.1097/01.HCR.0000300262.69645.95
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This article reviews evidence supporting exercise as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. Although data from randomized trials are limited, results of studies included in this review generally support use of exercise as an alternative or adjunctive treatment. Discussion of practical issues regarding exercise, potential mechanisms for the beneficial effects of exercise, and recommendations for future research are provided.

This article reviews evidence supporting exercise as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. Although data from randomized trials are limited, results of studies included in this review generally support use of exercise as an alternative or adjunctive treatment. Discussion of practical issues regarding exercise, potential mechanisms for the beneficial effects of exercise, and recommendations for future research are provided.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

Corresponding Author: Teresa M. Edenfield, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center 3119, Durham, NC 27710 (teresa.edenfield@duke.edu).

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.