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Mind/Body Connection: Does Exercise Diminish Depression?

Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

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By Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

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“Exercise affects the brain in several ways. “People with depression tend to become somewhat inert, and they don’t engage in their usual activities, and exercise gets people back to their usual level of activity,” Leuchter says.

“That can prompt an upward cycle, inspiring people to return to work and connect again with friends and family, ultimately providing motivation to stay on course. Such connections are crucial for depressed people…”

“…Many scientists and physicians believe that exercise increases levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter thought to be linked to mood regulation. However, most of the studies supporting this have been done on animals…”

…”If people are on medication or in treatment and haven’t had a complete recovery from depression, exercise is useful in getting them all the way there.”

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