Article: ABSTRACT OnlyExercise Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of DepressionGULLETTE, ELIZABETH C.D. BA; BLUMENTHAL, JAMES A. PhDAuthor Information GULLETTE and BLUMENTHAL: Department of Psychology: Social and Health Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC Journal of Psychiatric Practice: September 1996 - Volume 2 - Issue 5 - p 263-271 Free Abstract The authors review evidence suggesting that regular aerobic exercise-walking, jogging, swimming, or biking-reduces depression in healthy adults and in patients with major depression. Several potential mechanisms for the antidepressant effects of exercise are discussed. The authors then review the critical elements for writing an "exercise prescription" and provide specific guidelines for recommending exercise training in clinical practice. © Williams & Wilkins 1996. All Rights Reserved.