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Can exercise help with depression?

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Different forms of exercise can lower stress, relax you, and help lessen symptoms of depression.

Exercise can also improve your energy, balance, and flexibility. In general, it's a safe, effective, and easy way to better your health.

Check with your doctor before you take on something new or ramp up your activity level.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John’s Wort and Depression." "Yoga for Health," "Depression and Complementary Health Practices."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John’s Wort and Depression." "Yoga for Health," "Depression and Complementary Health Practices."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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