Exercise is the most effective remedy to treat depression and anxiety related
disorders. Apart for medical treatment, doctors should consciously prescribe
patients to exercise to get over depressions and anxiety.
"Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for those suffering from
mental health disorders. The more doctors are trained in exercise therapy,
faster the patients would recover," said Jasper Smits, Director of the Anxiety
Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Smits and his colleagues based their finding on a dozens of population-based
studies, clinical studies and meta-analytic reviews related to exercise and
, including the authors' meta-analysis of exercise interventions for mental
health and studies on reducing anxiety sensitivity with exercise.
The researchers' review demonstrated the efficacy of exercise programmes in
reducing depression and anxiety.
Traditional medical treatments of cognitive behavioural therapy often fail to
filter down to all levels of the society. Everybody who get medical treatment do
not respond to it either.
Therefore, exercise can fill the gap for people who can't receive traditional
therapies because of high costs and lack of knowledge. Many become targets of
the usual social stigma associated with such treatments related to mental
Exercise can also help patients become more focused and get engaged with
Source : living.oneindia.in