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Working Out the Woes: An Analysis of the Impact of Exercise on Depression

Anderson, Steven Tate; Dorris, Maggie; Littles, Matrice; Rodriguez, Tanya; Spear, Marcia DNP, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000113
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The purpose of this review is to examine existing research to determine whether exercise has a significant effect on improving emotional well-being and symptoms of depression. At any given time, it is estimated that greater than 15% of Americans are plagued by a depressive mood disorder (L. Andrew, 2014). Plastic surgical nurses will encounter individuals with symptoms of depression who seek elective plastic surgical and cosmetic procedures. With a broad spectrum of symptoms and presentations, both practitioners and those suffering may have difficulty identifying depression. Even after being identified, it can be quite challenging to effectively treat depressive mood disorders. The integration of exercise into the plan of care not only helps tackle one's mental health condition but also benefits any physical health concerns. The plastic surgical nurse can advocate for evidence-based practices and educate the plastic surgical patient on the benefits of physical exercise. Additional research is needed to determine the most effective amount and types of exercise to be used in clinical settings.

Steven Tate Anderson is a senior nursing student at the Jeanette C. Ruby School of Nursing at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee.

Maggie Dorris is a senior nursing student at the Jeanette C. Ruby School of Nursing at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee.

Matrice Littles is a senior nursing student at the Jeanette C. Ruby School of Nursing at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee.

Tanya Rodriguez is a senior nursing student at the Jeanette C. Ruby School of Nursing at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee.

Marcia Spear, DNP, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN, received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is faculty at both the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University. She has over 25 years of experience in plastic surgery and wound care and is presently working as a nurse practitioner and Certified Wound Specialist for the Department of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Jeanette C. Ruby School of Nursing at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, where she teaches nursing research.

Address correspondence to Marcia Spear, DNP, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN, Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing, Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN 37090 (e-mail: mspear@cumberland.edu).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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