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Posted on 09-03-2016
A study published in theJuly 2016 edition of Behavioral Therapy found that a 30 minute bout of exercise can help acutely depressed women who already have a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. This was a small study involving 24 women (age: 38.6+-14.0). They exercised at either light, moderate, or hard exercise intensities. The intensity of the exercise didn't seem to matter. Nor did it seem to matter whether or not they were on anti-depressant medication. It appeared that the act of exercising for 30 minutes was beneficial at 15 and 30 minutes after the exercise stopped. Other research will have to determine how long the effect lasts. And the trick is to get someone who is depressed to jump on an exercise bike or treadmill rather than curl up in bed.
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Dr. Seaton is an excellent doctor!! She gives the patient a lot of time and focused attention and considers not just the injury but lifestyle issues that impact the body and our ability to heal. She is very concerned that patients get good physical exercise, take care of themselves, and resume their former activities. I have gone to her for years (thanks to a number of car accidents) and trust her implicitly to give the best treatment.