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Exercise interventions for the treatment of affective disorders - research to practice
Frontiers in Psychiatry (2014)
  • Robert Stanton, Central Queensland University
  • Brenda Happell, Central Queensland University
  • Melanie Hayman, Central Queensland University
  • Peter Reaburn, Central Queensland University
Abstract
Mental illness presents a growing disease burden, with worldwide prevalence estimates between 18 and 36%. In the USA, the prevalence of affective disorders including unipolar depression and bipolar disorder (BD) is around 20%. While psychotropic medications remain at the front line of treatment for affective disorders, a growing body of research evidence strongly supports the role of exercise in the treatment of these affective disorders. Although remaining to be elucidated, there are a number of potential mechanisms by which exercise may be beneficial including neurobiological and pharmacological-like mechanisms. In the present paper, we shall discuss recent findings from systematic reviews and make recommendations for structured exercise, as distinct from unstructured or incidental physical activity, in the treatment of both depression and BD. This review also examines the role of exercise in the treatment of post-natal depression (PND) since this often transient but prevalent condition is rarely examined.
Keywords
  • Exercise,
  • Mental health,
  • Mood disorders,
  • Physical activity,
  • Treatment
Publication Date
May 4, 2014
DOI
https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00046
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Stanton, R., Happell, B., Hayman, M., & Reaburn, P. (2014). Exercise interventions for the treatment of affective disorders - research to practice. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5, 46. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00046

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 © 2014 Stanton, Happell, Hayman and Reaburn.
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Robert Stanton, Brenda Happell, Melanie Hayman and Peter Reaburn. "Exercise interventions for the treatment of affective disorders - research to practice" Frontiers in Psychiatry Vol. 5 Iss. May (2014) p. 1 - 4 ISSN: 1664-0640
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter-reaburn/14/
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